Say Hello to the Jaguar E-Pace Compact Crossover

  • Say Hello to the Jaguar E-Pace Compact Crossover

Say Hello to the Jaguar E-Pace Compact Crossover

A small SUV, it is related to the larger F-Pace in the same way Jaguar's entry-level XE saloon auto is related to the XF.

Like other Jaguars, the E-PACE makes extensive use of aluminum for trimming weight.

Jaguar took the official wraps off its new compact crossover SUV, the 2018 E-Pace by performing a spectacular 50-foot jump and 270-degree barrel roll to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

To that end, the E-Pace also comes standard with all-wheel drive. It has a bunch of cameras and sensors to help you drive good! The standard driveline uses permanent all-wheel drive, while the R-Dynamic has what Jaguar calls an Active Driveline that can transfer nearly all engine torque to either the front or rear axle depending on driving mode and conditions.

Taking Land Rover's D8 platform, which also underpins the Discovery Sport and Evoque, and before that the Freelander, Jaguar has cherry picked the chassis and platform components it requires to compete in this sector.

It features a 4G wifi hotspot that allows EIGHT devices to stream content. Torque vectoring will also be available on some E Pace models depending on which engine you opt for. Jag's 2.0-liter Ingenium turbo fours power all E-Paces, both gas and diesel, in various states of tune. Jaguar will also offer what it call All Surface Progress Control, a low-speed cruise control system that can control the car's speed when on low friction surfaces. The fully loaded R-Dynamic HSE is priced at $53,100. Now the two-litre, four-cylinder, petrol and diesel engines are the only available options to customers, but a hybrid setup is not excluded as a future possibility.

The Jaguar E-Pace is available to order from today from £28,500 ($38,600), with the first cars expected to be delivered in six months, putting it head to head with the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in the compact SUV market. Even still, there are hints of a hatchback-like silhouette, and this entry-level Jaguar could easily be mistaken for one if it weren't for the pronounced wheel arches and exaggerated ride height.

Of interest from an evo perspective is a serious amount of track time included in the testing.

In terms of dimensions, the E-Pace measures up well with any of its German adversaries. A third mode lets the E-Pace launch and move smoothly when traction suffers. Perhaps we'll see a warmed-up "S" version sooner rather than later. On big wheels, anyway - sizes will range from 17-inch sadness to the 21-inch monsters that you can see in some of the pics. Jaguar has made enormous strides on SUVs in a short period - its F-PACE is already the brand's best-seller. The F-PACE SUV has been a rising star in the automaker's line-up, meanwhile, seeing a warm reception alongside its Land Rover and Range Rover siblings. It is the first Jaguar since the X-Type to be front wheel drive, while also being the first model to be built outside of the United Kingdom at the Magna Steyr's plant in Austria.

That's why Jaguar has started pricing from as low as £28,500 in the United Kingdom, which makes it the company's cheapest SUV ever.

Part of an SUV's raison d'etre is its ability to accommodate luggage and passengers easily and Jaguar is promising the E-Pace will deliver in this field.