Compact crossover to slot below F-Pace
Our spy photographers have caught the 2019 Jaguar E-Pace undergoing winter testing wearing its production body. Compared to the larger F-Pace, the E-Pace features a silhouette that’s similar to its larger sibling, but the vehicle appears even more coupe-like, especially when seen from the rear end. The car is also noticeably smaller than the F-Pace and features a roofline that’s much lower.
From the front, there’s no mistaking that this is an E-Pace prototype thanks to its rounded shape and curvaceous body, making it appear sportier than its larger sibling. The rear fascia in particular is highly stylized but it looks like it comes at the cost of outward visibility because the rear window looks extremely small. Additionally, it appears that the E-Pace may have less ground clearance than the F-Pace because in some angles it’s more reminiscent of a tall hatchback than a rugged crossover.
Expect the Jaguar E-Pace to slot below the F-Pace in Jaguar’s lineup and offer a sportier, more car-like driving experience since it’s much smaller and less SUV-like than its bigger brother. Powering the E-Pace will likely be Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium engine family of gas and diesel engines. In the XE sports sedan, the 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 is rated at 180 hp and 318 lb-ft of torque. Expect both gas and diesel engines to come exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission sourced from ZF and all-wheel drive to come standard. Our spy photographers also say that in addition to the gas- and diesel-powered variants, the E-Pace will likely be available with an all-electric variant.
Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Pro infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen should be available in the E-Pace along with a host of active safety features. The E-Pace will be part of Jaguar’s crossover offensive, which began with the introduction of the F-Pace. In addition to the E-Pace, Jaguar will also introduce the I-Pace, an all-electric crossover that was first previewed as a concept at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show. That model promises to be able to travel 220 miles (354 km) on a single charge and do 0-60 mph in 4 seconds thanks to two electric motors that produce a combined 400 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
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