Sporty E-Pace resembles a coupe and comes with two engine options.
Jaguar has unveiled the third member of the “Pace” SUV family. Set to compete against the likes of the BMW X1, the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace will offer two engine options when it goes on sale in the U.S. next year.
The compact crossover joins the larger F-Pace and the upcoming all-electric I-Pace in the automaker’s rapidly expanding lineup, but the new model has its own distinct look. It features LED headlights similar to those on the F-Type sports car, and a raked roofline lends it the appearance of a coupe. Short front and rear overhangs complement a teardrop design to the side windows, another element inspired by the F-Type.
Unlike the F-Pace SUV, the E-Pace has only been announced with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine for our market. Standard models make 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, but buyers can also choose a version offering 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
Jaguar estimates a zero-to-60 time of 5.9 seconds for the more powerful model and 6.6 seconds for the standard version. All models come paired with a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Thanks to Active Driveline technology, the E-Pace utilizes all four wheels only when needed. The system can transfer almost all engine torque to either the front or rear axles in extreme conditions.
Standard brake-based torque vectoring improves cornering ability, and a low-speed cruise control automatically adjusts engine and brake settings to help drivers maintain control in low-traction situations. Drivers can choose between four driving modes, which include Normal, Dynamic, ECO, and Rain, Ice, and Snow.
Inside the cabin, the E-Pace features a standard 10.0-inch touchscreen and very few extraneous buttons on the dash. Buyers can opt for a 12.3-inch instrument panel display and a new head-up display that projects brighter, clearer graphics onto the windshield.
Other features on the roster include a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation with real-time traffic and parking information, a gesture-controlled tailgate, and up to five USB charging ports.
Prices for the E-Pace start at $39,595. To receive the more powerful 296-horsepower engine, buyers must opt for the R-Dynamic model, which also adds a unique front bumper with deeper outboard air intakes, body-colored sills, and lower rear bumper surfaces with a gloss black rear valence. Inside, look for sport seats with heavy bolstering and leather finished in vibrant colors with contrast stitching.
Starting from $54,545, First Edition models top the range and receive special interior materials, including soft-grain Windsor leather in Ebony with red contrast stitching. Available only in the first year of sales, it shares specification with the R-Dynamic line and gets unique First Edition carpet mats and tread plates.