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2018 Jaguar E-Pace Preview

2018 Jaguar E-Pace Preview

By Christian Wardlaw, July 14, 2017

2018 Jaguar E-Pace First Edition front quarter left photoFast Facts:

  • New small, entry-luxury crossover SUV focused on performance
  • Powered by turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive and 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Seats up to 5 and holds as much as 52.5 cu. ft. of cargo
  • Available with the latest infotainment, convenience, and safety systems
  • Pricing starts below $40,000
  • On sale in early 2018


Introduction
Smaller and less expensive than the popular F-Pace SUV, the new 2018 Jaguar E-Pace crossover emphasizes performance. It offers seating for up to 5 people, as much as 52.5 cu. ft. of cargo space, and goes on sale in early 2018 priced from below $40,000.

Standard and more powerful R-Dynamic model series are available. The standard E-Pace model come in base, S, and SE trim, while the R-Dynamic model is offered in S, SE, and HSE trim. An E-Pace First Edition tops the lineup, available only for the first year of production and based on R-Dynamic SE specification paired with the least powerful engine offering.



Exterior Features
Jaguar says the E-Pace’s exterior design is inspired by the F-Type. That is clear in the grille and LED headlights, and the SE and HSE trim levels add J-blade running lights for a distinctive look. The standard LED taillights resemble the F-Type and F-Pace.

For a sportier look, the R-Dynamic model has fog lights, revised front styling with more pronounced detailing, satin chrome detailing, body-color side sills and rear lower bumper treatments, and a gloss black rear valence panel.

Interior Features
Driver-focused, the wraparound dashboard and cockpit-style controls emphasize the E-Pace’s performance-oriented nature. Jaguar promises “premium materials” that deliver a “sense of quality.” The company does not use wood trim in this model, employing instead metal finishes and leather in key locations.

Standard equipment includes a twin, sliding center armrest and a frameless rearview mirror. The R-Dynamic model has sport-bolstered front seats, more vibrant leather color choices with contrast stitching throughout the cabin, dark headliner, and brushed stainless-steel pedals.

2018 Jaguar E-Pace interior photoControls are new, Jaguar claiming that they are simpler and more intuitive to use than those in other models in the company’s lineup. Jaguar also says it has accommodated a variety of storage needs within the cabin, including a large center console storage bin with USB ports and a smartphone holder, configurable cupholders and trays, locking glove box, and large door panel bins.

Jaguar says interior space is competitive within the segment, which means four occupants will be happier than five. Cargo space measures 24.2 cu. ft. behind the 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and Jaguar says it has one of the widest load compartments measured between the wheel arches. Fold the rear seat for 52.5 cu. ft. of space.

Optional Features
Depending on the series and trim level, Jaguar offers a number of upgrades for the 2018 E-Pace.

Exterior enhancements include metallic paint, black contrast roof or a fixed panoramic glass roof, and a variety of wheel sizes and designs up to 21 ins. in diameter. A power rear liftgate is available and can be upgraded for hands-free operation.

Inside, buyers can choose two different grades of leather, a suede-cloth headliner, metal pedals, cabin air-quality sensor and ionizer, and configurable ambient cabin lighting. Keyless entry and satellite radio are also optional, along with a Cold Climate Pack that installs a heated steering wheel, heated washer jets, and a heated windshield.

Under the Hood
The standard E-Pace model series features a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 246 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,200 to 4,500 rpm. It comes with an adaptive 9-speed automatic transmission and a permanently-engaged all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that varies power distribution between the front and rear axles. This model accelerates to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, according to Jaguar.

All Surface Progress Control is also standard, a traction system that helps the driver to negotiate a variety of surfaces and terrain. It includes hill-descent control and a Low Friction Launch system to help the driver maximize control under challenging conditions, Jaguar says.

JaguarDrive Control is also standard, supplying the driver with Normal, Dynamic, Eco, and Rain/Ice/Snow settings. A standard, brake-induced torque-vectoring control system is always active, the level of intervention dependent upon which JaguarDrive Control mode is selected.

For greater performance, the R-Dynamic model is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 296 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. It is paired with the same adaptive 9-speed automatic transmission, but with added shift paddles. This model accelerates to 60 mph in a claimed 5.9 seconds.

A new Active Driveline AWD system is standard for the R-Dynamic model. Under normal driving conditions, the system allows the E-Pace R-Dynamic to operate as a front-drive vehicle, such as when cruising on the highway or coasting on a suburban street.

However, depending on the selected JaguarDrive Control mode and how the E-Pace is driven, the system automatically engages AWD, emphasizes power delivery to the rear wheels for a sportier feel, and can direct up to 100% of total engine output to a single rear wheel when necessary.

At all times, Active Driveline AWD monitors the SUV’s yaw rate, throttle position, steering angle, and lateral acceleration in order to predict power distribution requirements. It is also programmed to allow for oversteer and drifting on slippery surfaces, within reason.

Jaguar’s available Configurable Dynamics programming allows the driver to configure Normal and Dynamic driving mode settings. An Adaptive Dynamics adaptive damping suspension is also available for the E-Pace.

Safety
Every 2018 E-Pace is equipped with forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and low-speed automatic emergency braking. A drowsy-driver monitoring system is also standard, along with a reversing camera and a lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist system.

2018 Jaguar E-Pace First Edition rear quarter right photoTwo option packages improve safety for the S trim level. The Drive package installs adaptive cruise control with full-stop capability, all-speed automatic emergency braking, and an active blind-spot assist system. The Park package equips the E-Pace S with rear cross-traffic alert, semi-autonomous park-assist technology, and a 360-degree parking aid.

Additionally, Jaguar offers automatic high-beam headlights and a 360-degree surround-view camera for the E-Pace, the latter including forward cross-traffic alert and a forward-view camera.

Technology
An InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-in. display screen is standard equipment and includes Remote services with automatic collision notification and the ability to access certain vehicle functions and view specific information via a smartphone app. Jaguar provides USB charging ports for all five seating positions.

InControl Apps technology comes standard on S, SE, and HSE trim levels. Highlights include Spotify integration, Shell Fill Up & Go auto-pay system, subscription-based 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

A connected navigation system is included for S, SE, and HSE trim levels. It is enhanced by a Route Planner smartphone app, real-time traffic data, and a Share ETA text and email notification capability. Additionally, a Commute Mode learns your commute and offers alternative routes to avoid delays, and an Arrival Mode suggests parking options and shows your destination as you approach.

Meridian premium sound systems are optional, one of which is a surround-sound system supplying 15 speakers and 825 watts of power. A 12.3-in. digital instrumentation display is also available, along with a new full-color head-up display (HUD). Debuting in the E-Pace, the HUD shows twice as much information and features a much brighter display for improved visibility.

An optional Activity Key is designed for active lifestyle owners who wish to leave the E-Pace’s key fob inside the vehicle while they engage in their favorite pastime. It is a shock- and water-proof wrist band that locks and unlocks the E-Pace.



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