Compact new crossover takes its place alongside big brother F-PACE
Jaguar’s crossover revolution continues apace (sorry). The company that achieved fame with iconic sports cars like the E-type now has an SUV as its fastest-selling global model. The F-PACE, winner of the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards, helped boost Jaguar’s sales by 83 per cent last year. Clearly the F-PACE formula of contemporary design, Jaguar performance and SUV versatility is a hit – and Jaguar isn’t resting on its laurels.
Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum promises that the new E-PACE will deliver ‘sports car looks with Jaguar performance’. E-PACE shares a common platform with the Discovery Sport, but whereas the Land Rover offers up to seven seats the E-PACE is more coupé-like in profile and will only accommodate five. At the front E-PACE features the familiar Jaguar grille, flanked by two spoiler-mounted vents. The headlights offer a point of difference with F-PACE, extending into the bonnet like those of the F-TYPE sports car. At the rear there are wraparound brake lights, a tailgate spoiler and a sporty profile – this is more a crossover than a load-carrier, though it still promises ample space for a family of five.
The new E-PACE offers both all-wheel drive and two-wheel drive versions. Jaguar’s 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel and petrol engines will be the mainstay of the range, though there’s said to be a high-performance version in the pipeline, possibly powered by a 300bhp V6. Looking further ahead the company is known to be developing a hybrid based around a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel paired with an electric motor.
FIVE STAR EURO NCAP RATING
Jaguar E-PACE has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating, confirming the vehicle is among the safest on the market. Offering outstanding protection for adults, children and pedestrians, the vehicle scored highly in all categories.
Its comprehensive suite of standard safety systems, including Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and Lane Keep Assist, combine to provide enhanced protection.
Jaguar offers its InControl infotainment package across the range, and in the E-PACE this will centre around a large, clear touchscreen. As with other models, the Connect package includes a Wi-Fi hotspot and a range of smartphone-driven apps, while Connect Pro includes extra route-planning features.
Verdict: the popularity of the SUV continues to grow, but not everyone wants to venture off road. E-PACE is a spacious and family-friendly Jaguar that impresses with sleek looks and sporty performance. It could even eclipse the hugely successful F-TYPE – so give our sales teams a call to be first in the queue.