Published on September 9th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Jaguar E-Pace SUV, Its Electric & Its Confirmed
This prototype E-Pace appears as a shortened version of the F-Pace’s bodywork and sports a particularly blunt rear bumper and a modified nose with fewer air intakes – the basic body shape and the window openings appear unchanged.
The wheel arches extend to a point above the base of the headlights, unlike the F-Pace – this suggests the E-Pace’s bodywork will be lower and more car-like than that of its bigger brother. The new side skirts and double-sill below the door could help further differentiate the E-Pace from Jaguar’s larger SUV, too.
New Jaguar E-Pace SUV interior
No pictures have emerged showing the E-Pace’s interior but we expect it to borrow heavily from the larger F-Pace’s cabin. A broad infotainment screen and two horizontal rows of buttons will probably adorn the centre console, while Jaguar’s signature wrap-around dashboard design could also be carried over. It’s unlikely the new SUV will be able to match the F-Pace’s spacious 650-litre boot capacity.
New Jaguar E-Pace engines and driving
No official details regarding the new car’s engines have been announced but the current prototype has been reportedly registered as a diesel-electric hybrid – suggesting Jaguar is developing at least one all-new drivetrain for use in the E-Pace. Some sources have reported Jaguar will focus on efficient four-cylinder engines and, as a result, no V6 units will be available from launch.
It’s likely this new SUV will use a modified version of the Range Rover Evoque’s platform rather than a shortened F-Pace chassis. This would allow Jaguar to offer both four-wheel drive and front-wheel drive only versions. The E-Pace will not only be smaller than the current F-Pace, but cheaper.
New Jaguar E-Pace price and release date
This new Jaguar SUV will probably go on sale before the end of 2018. No official details have been announced, but entry-level models could be priced at approximately £28,000 to compete with the likes of the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.