The thirst for CUV’s is unquenchable; this segment has become a gold mine for almost all automakers; in fact, if an automaker does not have a CUV in the market, they are losing big. Jaguar knows all this too well, a reason why the automaker is set to add a new CUV to join the F-Pace which has been excellent in the market. Dubbed the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace, the new CUV is inspired by the bigger F-Pace but it has its own unique looks. That is not all; according to reports, the automaker will follow up the E-Pace with an electric CUV dubbed the “2018 Jaguar I-Pace”.
You will be excited to know that the E-Pace is already a world-beater even before it officially hits sales dealerships. The model holds the Guinness World Record for Furthest Barrel Roll for a production vehicle. The model jumped 50 feet and did a 270-degree barrel roll, pretty cool, right?
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Exterior
The E-Pace has been very successful in the market due to Jaguar’s excellent design language. To capitalize on this, Jaguar derived inspiration for the E-Pace’s exterior design from the F-Pace. However, the model has some unique finishes to set it apart and help it avoid the “small F-Pace” tag.
At the front, designers opted for more cornered headlights that open wider compared to F-Pace’s slanted-eye headlights. You will have to look keenly to spot the model’s LED fog lights which are hidden in the corners of the lower part of the front fascia. The model’s corner vents are also larger which adds a dose of aggressiveness on the model. Its grille and air-dam are also larger compared to those of the F-Pace. The hood sits slightly lower and augurs well with the rest of the front fascia. The A-pillars are raked steeping to allow for a longer windshield as well as improve aerodynamics.
On the flanks, the model’s beltline slants upwards at the rear. The front fenders look smooth while the rear haunches are more toned. The rear immobile glass has a sharp end which made it possible for a thin rear pillar as well as a swooping beltline as opposed to the boxy look of the bigger F-Pace. There is a black cladding at the bottom to protect the body edges. There is also a defining body line on the rear door that stretches to the rear quarter adding a dose of muscularity on the flanks.
The rear has a three-piece spoiler to improve aerodynamics; there is also a sharp bend at the center of the fascia. The rear glass is shorter compared to one on the F-Pace. The taillights are attractive and are separated by the sharp bend. The bottom of the rear fascia features a recessed insert which integrates exhaust tips and corner reflectors on either side of the fascia. There is also an opening that mimics the front air dam.
The designers of the cabin took time to ensure the cabin felt special. They opted for a dual-cockpit design for the front seats where the two seats are separated by the center console. There is an outstanding passenger grab handle that on closer look mimics the fender vents of the F-Type. A 10-inch TouchPro screen hosts the E-Pace’s infotainment system. The screen operates like a Smartphone featuring swiping, pinching as well as zooming capabilities. There is also an option for a 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display in place of the standard driver gauges. The steering wheel is borrowed from the F-Pace but its hand grips are thicker.
The door trims are linked to the uppermost level of the dashboard to form a wrap-around look. The armrests are quite well padded which makes them pretty comfortable.
It will accommodate five passengers with every passenger enjoying ample headroom and legroom. The CUV also has ample cargo space; with seats up, the model has 685 liters of cargo space which expands to 1,487 liters upon folding the rear seats which have a 60/40 split folding functionality. Storage space is further enhanced by numerous cubbyholes and storage bins spread in the cabin.
Every passenger gets a USB port. The vehicle also features four, 12-volt charging ports, and a 46 Wi-Fi hotspot. However, Jaguar is yet to release details about the model’s audio system but one thing is sure, it will be a premium unit. More features will be offered as you go high up the trims such as special mats with the Jaguar fur pattern print on the First Edition trim.
The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace comes with a complete suite of active safety systems such as emergency braking, park assist, and blind spot assist among others. Most of the technologies will be optional on the base trim.
Engine and performance
Unlike in other markets, in North America, the E-Pace will be offered in only a gasoline mill in two flavors. The engine accorded the honors is a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder that in one flavor makes 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. For more power, buyers have an option to order the second iteration of the mill that is good for 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. According to Jaguar, models with the less powerful iteration need 6.6 seconds to hit 60 mph while those with the more powerful iteration need only 5.9 seconds to complete a similar run from a standstill position. Top speed is electronically limited at 150 mph.
In other markets, the E-Pace will be offered with 3 diesel engines where the least powerful produces 177 hp, the next diesel mill produces 236 hp while the most powerful mill produces 295 horses. Performance figures for the diesel mills are yet to be released. All engines will be mated to a 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox that directs power to all four wheels.
The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is hooked up with Active Driveline technology that enables the model to use all wheels only when needed. The system can transfer almost all torque to either the front or rear axle, this is really helpful particularly when driving in extreme conditions. It also features brake-based torque vectoring for better cornering. There are four driving modes to choose from, they are Normal, ECO, Dynamic, and Ice, Rain & Snow.
Price and release date
The base engine will be offered in two trims with the base trim, S carrying an MSRP of $45,200, the mid trim, SE will start at$48,200 with the First Edition trim starting at$59,000. On the other hand, the more powerful mill will also be offered in three trims, the base R-Dynamic starts at $51,000, $54,000 for the R-Dynamic SE and $57,300 for the R-Dynamic HSE.