New Jaguar SUV coming to South Africa

Posted July 14, 2017

The E-Pace and E-Pace R-Dynamic are available with Standard, S, SE and HSE specification packs and a choice of five powertrains, with three diesel and two petrol engines.

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.

The interior of the E-Pace cribs the cockpit-style layout from the F-Type sports auto. It's a new compact performance SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) which follows on from the firm's first ever SUV, the best-selling Jaguar F-Pace.

Customers who enjoy an active lifestyle will appreciate that the E-Pace will come equipped with Jaguar's wristband technology, that allows the driver to wear a special wristband can lock and unlock the auto and allows the driver to keep the conventional key in the vehicle whilst engaging in leisurely pursuits such as football or swimming.

Performance comes from Jaguar's latest Ingenium engines in petrol and diesel form - from a clean 147bhp diesel unit with 124g/km to a 295bhp powerplant capable of 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds.

The F-Type-theme continues on the inside, says Autocar. Award victor. However, Jaguar is promising that the E-Pace will combine everyday SUV practicality with "sports vehicle design and agility", which suggests it will have sharper handling than the Land Rover.

In turn, these can be equipped with three diesel engines producing 148bhp, 178bhp and 237bhpor two petrols with 246bhp or 296bhp. While not available at launch, an optional Configurable Dynamics package will include adaptive dampers with driver-adjustable settings. All of these can be equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

Jaguar E-Pace
2018 Jaguar E-Pace First Look Review

And the E-Pace - which has been tested in the toughest climates in the world - could be the best yet.

The boot is a good size at 484 litres and the load compartment's one of the widest in its class at 1057mm between the wheel arches. There are up to 12-volt charging points and five USB connections. As a result the E-PACE features that aggressive grille, hunched stance, sweeping roofline and that generally muscular feel. Two premium Meridian audio systems and a head-up display are available.

With a 105.6-inch wheelbase and a 173.0-inch overall length, the E-Pace is a fairly small cat in stature that straddles the territory between the compact and subcompact segments. Essential information including vehicle speed and navigation directions are in full view at all times, with alerts and updates for the infotainment, safety and convenience features all projected directly into the driver's eyeline - reducing the need to look away from the road.

A Jaguar wouldn't be a Jaguar without some serious motoring heft under the hood, and the E-Pace is no different.

Inside the cabin there's plenty of stowage space, from the 8.4-litre large storage compartment between the front seat, to a generous 10-litre glovebox and the spacious 10.6-litre door bins.

Base models come with synthetic leather, while leather is an option on some versions and standard on the plushest models.