Jaguar fans that liked the I-Pace Concept and kept fingers crossed that the production version wouldn’t stray too far from its inspirational design can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that the…

Production Jaguar I-Pace crossover EV remains true to stylish concept

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The production Jaguar I-Pace EV was introduced TV show-style, in front of a live and online audience on March 1st. (Photo: Jaguar)

Jaguar fans that liked the I-Pace Concept and kept fingers crossed that the production version wouldn’t stray too far from its inspirational design can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that the real deal has been revealed, because it’s nearly identical to the prototype launched in Geneva a year ago.

Jaguar introduced the 2019 I-Pace EV to the world on Thursday, March 1 in Graz, Austria, at Magna Steyr’s production facility where it will be built alongside the new E-Pace subcompact luxury SUV. The introduction, which was hosted by British comedian Jack Whitehall (Fresh Meat, Bad Education, panellist on the game show A League of Their Own, host of the 2018 Brit Awards) in a similar format to the BBC’s Top Gear, took place in front of a live audience and simultaneously online, a video of which we’ve included in its entirety at the end of this story (plus loads of event photos within the gallery).

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The all-new 2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV will become the world’s first electrically-powered compact luxury SUV when it arrives this summer. (Photo: Jaguar)

Still scheduled to go on sale during the second half of this year as reported here before, the new I-Pace is admittedly attractive, benefiting from trademark design cues currently in use by the just noted E-Pace, its larger F-Pace SUV sibling, as well as every other Jaguar within the iconic luxury brand’s lineup, including the beautiful F-Type sports car. Production details that differ from the I-Pace Concept include slightly reworked front and rear fascias, larger side mirrors, remoulded side window surrounds, a slightly smaller maximum wheel size of 22 inches (the concept wore 23-inch rims), and other changes both outside and within.

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The I-Pace’ crossover SUV styling and five-door body style should appeal to environmentally minded motorists that still need something practical. (Photo: Jaguar)

At least as importantly, of all the EVs that have come before, the I-Pace will be one of only two fully electric crossovers available when it hits the market, and the sole compact luxury SUV to be sold without an internal combustion engine (ICE). It’s in good company with respect to the former statistic, its slightly larger competitor being Tesla’s Model X that sold 1,800 units in Canada last year (if their perfectly regular 150 per month totals are to be believed). In case you were wondering, SUV-based electric vehicles are rare amongst mainstream volume brands too, with Kia’s near four-year old Soul EV finally being joined by sister brand Hyundai’s all-new Kona Electric, but that’s it.

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Could the new I-Pace become the ideal long-range plug-in electric? With 386 km of potential distance between charges, it certainly leaves range anxiety in the dust. (Photo: Jaguar)

Considering the success of crossover SUVs in today’s market and newfound challenge of selling traditional cars, the new I-Pace will have a clear advantage over competitive car-based EVs, such as BMW’s i3 and Mercedes-Benz’ B-Class Electric Drive (the latter not available in Canada). Still, it will soon be forced to face off against SUV EV rivals from Audi and Mercedes that are on the way, so it had better make haste while it can.

Make haste it should. We reported on the I-Pace drivetrain in a previous story, but Jaguar provided some more exact details with its March 1 announcement. For starters, range increases from the previous maximum estimate of 355 km (220 miles) to 386 km (240 miles), which will allow most users multiple days without the need to charge, as well as the ability to head out of town on short trips. The new number is also strategic, as it stretches 5 km (3 miles) farther down the road than the base Tesla Model X 75D.

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Fancy a trip to Blue Mountain or Whistler? Charge it fully and you should be able to get there and back without worry. (Photo: Jaguar)

Providing you’re easy on the throttle, maximize use of the regenerative braking system when coasting downhill, and spend as little time as possible at highway speeds (we recommend leaving during rush hour), such range would allow someone living in Toronto to drive all the way to Blue Mountain and back again with enough battery storage left over for a few side jaunts, while a wine tasting tour to Niagara on the Lake and back shouldn’t require any extra charging at all. A trip to Muskoka, on the other hand, will require a top up in Barrie or somewhere else along the way.

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The I-Pace promises to be very quick off the line, even faster than the Tesla Model X in 75D and 100D trim (see the video below). (Photo: Jaguar)

If you’re reading this from the West Coast, Vancouver to Whistler takes less time to travel than Toronto to Blue Mountain (and traffic is often so backed up you’ll have no problem keeping speeds down), so it should be no problem to go there, tour around a bit, and then come back in the I-Pace, while wine tasting in Kelowna is almost reachable from a single charge, theoretically at least (you’ll probably need to top up in Merritt or at best West Kelowna).

The I-Pace uses a 90-kWh liquid-cooled battery that’s housed in an aluminum casing within the floor’s structure, and requires just 40 minutes to fill from a fully drained state to 80-percent capacity when hooked up to a 100-kW DC quick charger. On a regular 240-volt Level 2 home charger you’ll need about 10 hours to achieve the same results, or slightly less than 13 hours (12.9) to fully top it up. Still, considering the range available, a single night of charging, or alternatively multiple nights during off-peak hours makes the I-Pace easy to live with.

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You’ll need to spend more than $200k to find a Tesla Model X capable of beating the I-Pace in a drag race. (Photo: Jaguar)

If access to a charger isn’t an issue, you might appreciate I-Pace performance more than its range. The British brand calls its newest creation an “all-electric performance SUV,” thanks in part to its balance of power. It uses an electric motor at each axle for standard all-wheel drive, the combination good for 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque, which means it can sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. This said, eco-enthusiasts looking for I-Pace Concept performance might be a bit disappointed.

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Well that’s embarrassing! Then again, it was only a matter of time before a brand bred on motorsport beat the electric elite at their own game. (Photo: Jaguar)

The new numbers make it the quickest of all Jaguar’s “Pace” models nonetheless, the fastest new E-Pace R-Dynamic good for 6.4 seconds from zero to 100km/h, and the F-Pace S capable of the same feat in 5.5 seconds. In fact, you’ll need to step up to the 550 horsepower F-Type R Coupe in order to beat the new I-Pace off the line, although with 0.7 seconds to spare (or a full second in SVR trim) the iconic sports car doesn’t have to worry about losing its title just yet.

Likewise for top-speed bragging rights, the I-Pace maxing out at 200 km/h (124 mph), which is 30 km/h (18.6 mph) down on the slowest E-Pace, let alone the 322 km/h (201 mph) terminal velocity of the F-Type SVR Coupe. Still, unless we’re talking Tesla Model X, 200 km/h is mighty fast for any EV.

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The I-Pace builds on Jaguar’s trademark styling cues, and like most other models from the British brand, bases it on a lightweight aluminum framework. (Photo: Jaguar)

The Model X can manage 210 km/h (130 mph) in base 75D trim, by the way, but the I-Pace beats it from standstill to 100km/h by half a second. What’s more, the I-Pace is 0.2 seconds quicker than the mid-range Model X 100D, but keep in mind that few production cars can match the Model X P100D that can sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds. Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all.

Like the F-Type and most other models in the Jaguar lineup, the I-Pace utilizes the automaker’s expertise in lightweight engineering, its monocoque body shell comprised mostly of aluminum. This said it rides on a totally unique EV architecture, the aforementioned battery actually part of the floor’s structure, which allows for much greater flexibility in designing the cabin.

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I-Pace production wheels measure up to 22 inches in diameter, for a sporty look and strong performance. (Photo: Jaguar)

“The I-Pace’s electric powertrain offered us unprecedented design freedom,” said JLR head of design Ian Callum. “Starting with a clean sheet enabled the dramatic cab-forward profile, unique proportions, and exceptional interior space—yet it is unmistakably a Jaguar. We wanted to design the world’s most desirable EV, and I’m confident we’ve met that challenge.”

First of all, the I-Pace starts out considerably longer than the E-Pace and slightly shorter than the F-Pace, slotting between Jaguar’s two conventionally powered SUVs in outward dimensions. By the numbers it’s 287 millimetres (11.3 inches) longer than the E-Pace and 49 mm (2.0 inches) shorter than the F-Pace, the latter of which is already a large compact SUV, but the I-Pace’ wheelbase is 309 mm (12.2 inches) and 116 mm (4.6 inches) longer respectively, for much greater front and rear legroom than either. What’s more, the I-Pace Concept’s roof is 84 mm (3.3 inches) lower than the E-Pace’s and nearly 86 mm (3.4 inches) down on the F-Pace, resulting in a sleeker, sportier profile. Added to this is much greater width for a sportier stance and greater side-to-side spaciousness, the I-Pace measuring 155 mm (6.1 inches) wider than the E-Pace and 69 mm (2.7 inches) more so than the F-Pace.

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The battery is sandwiched into the base of the chassis, providing a low centre of gravity for improved performance and a solid base to build the rest of the car upon. (Photo: Jaguar)

The unique layout allows for a cab-forward design featuring a windshield that reaches far over the front wheels, as well as a shorter more steeply raked hood, plus shorter front and rear overhangs, with each wheel pushed out as far to its corner as possible, resulting in much greater interior volume and a strong, athletic stance.

Having much of its weight down low, thus reducing its centre of gravity, plus endowed with the advantages of the lower roof height, increased wheelbase and the more substantive track that comes from the greater width mentioned a moment ago, handling should be another I-Pace strongpoint. The standard chassis appears to use unequal-length control arms and a stabilizer bar up front, plus an Integral Link setup with a stabilizer bar in the rear, while it all floats upon a standard Active Air Suspension featuring auto-leveling as well as the ability to reduce the I-Pace’ drag by automatically lowering a half inch at highway speeds, which should combine for an exceptionally good ride quality and handling compromise. Additionally, Jaguar says the I-Pace achieves ideal 50:50 weight distribution, so we should prepare ourselves for a particularly well-balanced EV.

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Jaguar’s head-of-design Ian Callum goes in-depth about the I-Pace design (see the video below). (Photo: Jaguar)

Jaguar’s driver-configurable continuously variable Adaptive Dynamics system is optional, which analyzes vertical wheel positions, vehicle acceleration, steering inputs, plus throttle and braking actuation before it automatically adjusts the suspension damping settings depending on your personal drive mode choice (Dynamic being the sportiest setting), while Adaptive Surface Response is also available, this system harvesting info from myriad sensors in order to calculate approximate adhesion levels on low-grip surfaces, such as ice, before you even apply steering input, and then after making your turn it minimizes understeer and oversteer levels by controlling throttle and braking inputs.

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The I-Pace cabin is ultra-spacious thanks to a completely unique EV-specific chassis design. (Photo: Jaguar)

Speaking of those binders, two levels of regenerative braking are part of the I-Pace’s standard package, with either its high or low settings providing different degrees of “engine braking” when lifting off the throttle. It’s in the nature of EVs to slow down when lifting off the accelerator pedal, but providing firmer automatic powertrain braking makes using the brake pedal less necessary, easing everyday driving and saving on brake maintenance plus otherwise expensive repair costs.

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Sporty, luxurious, and filled with digital interfaces, the I-Pace will be a high-tech tour-de-force. (Photo: Jaguar)

As anyone familiar with modern-day Jaguars will appreciate, the I-Pace will combine contemporary design with rich traditional materials, not to mention state-of-the-art digital interfaces. The overall interior design is very similar to the I-Pace Concept, featuring available contrast stitched padded leather over most surfaces that aren’t finished in standard metals or hardwoods. To be specific, Jaguar will include its best Windsor leather as standard unless opting for a sport interior that features a premium textile in Dapple Grey. The four leather-covered cabin motifs will include Ebony (black), Light Oyster (light grey), Mars Red (crimson), and Siena Tan (caramel/saddle), while light beige and black headliners will be available in woven cloth or Suedecloth. Even the steering wheel rim will be available in Suedecloth or traditional leather, while decorative inlays, which highlight key areas on the instrument panel and doors, include Gloss Charcoal Ash veneer, a piano black lacquer Gloss Black, a patterned Monogram Aluminum, and Aluminum Weave Carbon Fibre.

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The HVAC interface gets its own 5.5-inch display, while the gear selector and drive mode switchgear is placed down each side of the centre console buttresses. (Photo: Jaguar)

Like with other Jaguar models a head-up display system will be optional, but take note that a fully configurable 12.3-inch primary gauge cluster will be standard fare, as will two infotainment touchscreen displays that Jaguar dubs InControl Touch Pro Duo, the main top screen measuring 10 inches diagonally and a 5.5-inch secondary display, used primarily for the climate controls, sitting lower on the sloped centre console. All displays feature voice activation via Amazon’s Alexa, which should promote the use of hands-free interaction.

Speaking of the latest tech, the I-Pace’ climate control system makes use of an artificial intelligence (AI) system that senses the number of occupants on board before adjusting the temperature, while the AI system is also capable of calculating the I-Pace’ remaining range based on climate control usage, weather conditions, topography, driving style, and traffic conditions.

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Rear seating room appears spacious, and by the numbers should be especially wide for good side-to-side comfort. (Photo: Jaguar)

The HVAC controls sit atop a centre console that slants up toward the main display upon two flying buttress-style supports that house controls for the gear selector and driving mode switchgear, this at least partially paying homage to a design theme used by Jaguar in its F-Type sports car and new E-Pace utility, although the overall look of the new climate control interface, which incorporates large dials that appear as if they’re floating on top of a digital background, is more reminiscent of the new Range Rover Velar.

Interestingly, a total of 12.2 litres (0.43 cubic feet) of storage space can be found under the centre armrest, its impressive size due to the absence of a transmission tunnel, whereas the rear seating area incorporates trays for tablets and laptops, not unlike what Jaguar offers in its top-line XJ.

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The I-Pace sits between the subcompact E-Pace and compact F-Pace, but overall interior room is larger than both. (Photo: Jaguar)

A large panoramic sunroof will shed light over both rows of occupants, while rear passengers will have the option of another two automatic climate control zones for a total of four. Rear passengers will also be able to enjoy Jaguar’s “Click and Go” front seatback attachment system, which will allow features such as display screens to be mounted quickly and easily, while plenty of cargo area add-ons will help enhance load space functionality.

That cargo area measures 656 litres (23.1 cubic feet), incidentally, which makes it considerably larger than the E-Pace’s 577-litre (20.4 cubic-foot) rearmost compartment and similar to the F-Pace’s 685 kilos (1,510 lbs) of usable luggage space when the rear seats are upright. Jaguar hasn’t included a photo of the cargo area, but it’s likely finished nicely with high-grade carpets, chromed tie-down hooks, and split-folding rear seatbacks, hopefully in the most useful 40/20/40 configuration, or at least with a centre pass-through.

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LED headlamps are just some of the standard features we can expect. (Photo: Jaguar)

Jaguar Canada is currently touting S, SE, and HSE trims on its website (yes, you can configure everything but pricing already), but so far there’s no sign of a First Edition. Jaguar normally offers special First Edition trim in a new model’s initial year, and has already announced it will do so in the U.S., but we’ll need to wait and see if a First Edition gets added to the Canadian offering.

Of course, the I-Pace will also qualify for any provincial rebates, which are currently set to a maximum of $14,000 in Ontario, $8,000 in Quebec (which also offers a $4,000 rebate for purchasing a pre-owned EV), and $5,000 in BC, although West Coast buyers should be aware that new rules don’t allow for rebates for vehicles costing more than $77,000, and it’s likely the new I-Pace will exceed this number.

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The new 2019 Jaguar I-Pace appears ready to transform the luxury EV sector when it arrives later this year. (Photo: Jaguar)

While you can place an order immediately, we won’t know exact pricing until closer to launch, but take note the automaker’s U.S. division has already confirmed it’s targeting an MSRP below $100,000 USD ($128,940 CAD at the time of writing). Jaguar will probably undercut the larger 2018 Tesla Model X that starts at $111,950 in Canada, goes up to $135, 250 for the mid-range 100D, and tops off at $199,800 for the most powerful P100D, but we can’t expect something this stylish, luxurious, well made, high-tech, performance-oriented and prestigious to be fighting it out with the $45k Chevy Bolts of the world.

Jaguar has promised that half of its vehicles will incorporate some sort of electrified drivetrain by 2025, so it’s quite possible plug-in models will eventually appear both above and below the new I-Pace.

While you’re waiting for the new I-Pace to arrive, make sure to check out this entertaining video introducing the new 2019 I-Pace at its Graz, Austria production facility (1:00:04):

Or if you don’t have an hour to dedicate to a video right now, check out this shorter 12-minute video on its features and benefits (12:21):

Or how about an even shorter 4-minute video showing the new I-Pace going head-to-head with the Tesla Model X SUV? (3:47):

Let’s face it. Luxury brands that haven’t yet anted up to the subcompact SUV segment are missing out on a lot of business, not to mention the loss of entry-level luxury buyers in the thousands, all…

2018 Jaguar E-Pace P250 AWD S Road Test

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Great looking new 2018 Jaguar E-Pace in just-above-base P250 AWD S trim should prove popular with subcompact luxury SUV buyers. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

Let’s face it. Luxury brands that haven’t yet anted up to the subcompact SUV segment are missing out on a lot of business, not to mention the loss of entry-level luxury buyers in the thousands, all of which could eventually move up into more profitable models.

Last year BMW sold 6,120 X1s, Mercedes-Benz delivered 4,090 GLAs, Audi purveyed 3,724 Q3s, Land Rover retailed 1,734 Range Rover Evoques, and Infiniti hawked 997 QX30s. All of these sales totals were 100 percent higher than Acura, Cadillac and Lexus achieved in this market, not to mention Volvo and Jaguar.

We’re still waiting to find out whether Acura’s Chinese-exclusive CDX will be sold here, as well as when Lexus’ just revealed UX and Cadillac’s upcoming XT4 will go on sale, the former scheduled to arrive at the Geneva motor show in a week’s time and the latter expected to debut at the New York auto show on March 28, but we know for sure the new Volvo XC40 will arrive this spring. Even better, the new 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is primed to do battle with the five aforementioned luxury marques right now, and believe me it’s a worthy contender.

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The E-Pace’ stylish lines look even sleeker in the metal. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

Walking around my brand spanking new 2018 E-Pace P250 AWD S tester, I couldn’t help but noticed how much longer and leaner it looks in the metal than it does in pictures. The front fenders are especially low-slung and obviously inspired by the beautiful F-Type sports car, while the same can be said of its slender LED taillights and diffuser-style rear bumper cap that comes fitted with sporty dual exhaust pipes at each corner.

Inside, there’s even more F-Type design elements in use, the most noticeable being the centre stack and lower console combination with its leather-wrapped passenger grab handle and more traditional shift lever, rather than the rotating dial selector that wow’s newcomers to every other Jaguar model. I especially like the metal-edged rocker switch that juts up out of the console for selecting JaguarDrive modes, which once again is pulled right out Jaguar’s sports car. We’re off to a good start and I haven’t even put my foot to the floor.

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Familiar Jaguar grille gives the new E-Pace immediate premium presence. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

The base P250 all-wheel drivetrain isn’t the most potent in the E-Pace lineup, but at 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque from only 1,200 rpm the 2.0-litre four-cylinder delivers considerable off-the-line jump and plenty more energy when revs climb. It felt best when the aforementioned driving mode toggle was set to its sportiest Dynamic setting before flipping the gear lever to the left “S” mode for manual actuation, this feature altering throttle response, transmission shift points, climate control efficiency and more, its other modes being Comfort, Eco, plus a Rain/Ice/Snow setting that would be ideal for clambering out of ski hill parking lots, but don’t look to Jaguar’s AWD to lure you as far into the hinterland as the Range Rover Evoque’s Terrain Response system—the two have different agendas.

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Standard LED headlamps, fashioned after the beautiful F-Type sports car, make all E-Pace models safer than most rivals. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

Speaking of that Landy, the E-Pace’ shifter connects through to a ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission that would be a class-exclusive if it weren’t for the more established, slightly higher end SUV this E-Pace shares much of its underpinnings with. That Evoque gets renewed with the same in-house JLR Ingenium engine lineup this year, while both SUVs can be upgraded with more potent versions of the same engine making 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, Jaguar’s version dubbed E-Pace R-Dynamic P300 AWD.

Fuel economy is competitive too, with the P250 AWD rated at 11.0 L/100km city, 8.4 highway and 9.8 combined and the P300 AWD good for a claimed 11.2, 8.6 and 10.1 respectively.

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These 19-inch multi-spoke alloys aren’t standard, but provide a sportier stance for a reasonable $1,120 cost. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

This new naming scheme is my only very minor complaint, as it causes some confusion when sizing it up against its familial F-Pace, the larger compact luxury utility given 25t AWD and 30t AWD designations when fitted with the same powerplants respectively. I can only guess we’ll see Jaguar’s older naming convention completely replaced later this year, for reasons that will likely make perfect sense to the British brand yet leave everyone else dumbfounded, similarly to how other luxury manufacturers have lapsed into momentary unreasonableness with their respective model naming schemes. Still, if this is its only negative, Jaguar has a good thing going.

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Love the stylish F-Type-inspired taillights. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

Back on the road my just-above-base P250 AWD S tester was more than just a good time in a straight line, it also provided the type of high-level agility expected in a modern-day Jaguar. Looking back, the F-Pace commanded respect right out of the box, even from Audi SQ5 and Porsche Macan owners, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say this high-strength steel-intensive subcompact outpaces its larger aluminum-skinned sibling, it’s easily one of the best at managing corners in its segment.

Underfoot were upgraded 19-inch alloys on Pirelli Scorpion 235/55s, an obvious advantage even in the wet, slippery, water and slush covered streets that wound their way through my city after an unexpected snowfall, allowing the little ute to grip tarmac with a little more tenacity than its base 17s would’ve otherwise provided. While wonderfully capable through fast-paced S-curves and thoroughly stable at freeway speeds, its ride was never choppy despite its shorter wheelbase, and while bordering on firm I think most should find it pleasant enough. More importantly the E-Pace felt solid and well-made, much more so than a number of others in this class.

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In some ways the E-Pace cabin is even nicer than the larger, pricier F-Pace. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

Along with an extremely tight turning circle that made it easy to park, I also found the E-Pace’ ride height a little taller than most segment rivals, which aided visibility all around. Its rear windows are narrower than some, this providing the sharp profile that makes it so attractive, but rearward vision was never hampered while the view out the passengers’ side is excellent.

On that note the driver’s seating position is also superb and overall ergonomics as good as this class gets, albeit take note my tester’s seats offered no powered or even manual lumbar adjustment. Nevertheless I was able to set up my seat perfectly, and could also extend the telescopic steering wheel to the point that it was ideally positioned for optimal control, enhancing both performance and safety. This is one aspect of Jaguar ownership I appreciate more than with some other brands, such as Lexus that rarely provides enough steering wheel reach and therefore rarely fits my body type. Additionally, the E-Pace seat squabs extend more comfortably under the legs, while the backrest is carved out nicely for the lower torso.

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Premium materials abound, Jaguar smartly covering the entire dash top in soft touch synthetics this time around. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

When the driver’s seat was set up for my five-foot-eight frame I still had about five inches of open air ahead of my knees when seated in back, plus plenty of space to move my feet around when wearing winter boots, while there was room to move from side-to-side too thanks to five or so inches next to my outside shoulder, about four inches next to my hips, and more than four inches above my head. Yes, the E-Pace is truly sizeable for a subcompact SUV, meaning someone substantially taller should fit in back comfortably, making this a suitable conveyance for a small family with large teens, or a couple that regular transports adults in back.

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This analogue/digital combination gauge cluster is standard, with a full digital replacement available. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

The cargo area is generously proportioned as well, measuring 577 litres (20.4 cubic feet) under the nicely finished hard shell cover behind its rear seatbacks, which makes it two litres (0.1 cubic feet) more accommodating than the Evoque and (for reference) 349 litres (12.3 cubic feet) less so than the Discovery Sport. The E-Pace has 685 litres (24.2 cubic feet) of cargo space when including the area above the cargo cover, while if you fold its 60/40-split rear seatbacks down it can manage up to 1,487 litres (52.5 cubic feet) of gear, which once again is exactly two litres (0.1 cubic feet) more than the Evoque albeit 407 litres (14.4 cubic feet) less than the Disco Sport. In other words, the E-Pace fits squarely within the subcompact luxury SUV camp.

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The E-Pace 10-inch infotainment display is the largest in its class. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

While accommodating, the seatbacks’ 60/40 division was a tad disappointing, as I prefer a 40/20/40-split or at least a large centre pass-through so as to lay skis down the middle while rear passengers enjoy the more comfortable window seats and rear seat heaters if equipped, but as buyers in this most affordable luxury SUV segment will know, you can’t always get what you want. They fold easily via buttons on the seat tops, and the cargo compartment is nicely finished with high-quality carpeting up the sidewalls and rear seatback, four chromed tie-down hooks at each corner, plus webbed netting and an elastic holder on the passenger’s sidewall.

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F-Type owners will feel right at home in the E-Pace thanks to a very similar centre stack and gear lever design. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

As we should expect from a Jaguar the passenger compartment is nicely finished too, although I admit to being surprised when finding some surfaces more upscale than the larger, considerably more expensive F-Pace noted earlier, particularly the dash top that’s covered in a more generous piece of soft touch synthetic. It’s even doused in high grade pliable plastic overtop the primary instruments, which is unfathomably made of hard plastic in the F-Pace. Some of that squishy stitched pleather goodness glides all the way down the side of the centre stack before wrapping around the lower console and shifter too. The front and rear door uppers are made from premium-padded composite as well, while hovering above are the segment’s usual fabric-wrapped A-pillars. Like others in the class the B- and C-pillars weren’t covered in cloth, but instead finished in hard plastic, which is also the case for the lower dash and door panels. Just the same, the E-Pace fit and finish is excellent, and the quality of most materials is on par with or above the class average.

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The E-Pace seats are inherently comfortable and its overall driver ergonomics excellent, but take note that adjustable lumbar support is optional. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

This is especially true of switchgear, which is extremely tight fitting and nicely damped. I’d point to the three metal-rimmed, colour display-topped dials that make up the dual-zone auto climate control interface as personal favourites, as they incorporate a seamless minimalism that’s appealing even for the E-Pace’s premium sector that prides itself in going at least one step above its mainstream volume-branded counterpart, while metal-trimmed window switches and other niceties make it clear this little SUV represents the luxury class.

Those features are standard in all E-Pace trims incidentally, as are auto on/off LED headlamps, branded metal treadplates, pushbutton ignition, an electromechanical parking brake, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, an attractive and fully featured colour multi-information display within the gauge cluster, rain-sensing wipers, the segment’s largest 10-inch TouchPro touchscreen infotainment display with tablet-style swipe, pinch and zoom gestures, voice activation, a rearview camera, six-speaker 125-watt audio, front and rear parking sensors, plus more for just $42,700.

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The E-Pace’ rear passenger compartment is one of the roomiest in its class. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

The base E-Pace includes all the expected passive and active safety equipment too, as well as and plenty of advanced driver assistance systems like semiautonomous low-speed cruise control that automatically adjusts engine and brake settings to help drivers maintain control on slippery surfaces, autonomous emergency braking from 5 km/h to 80 km/h for frontal collisions and 5 km/h to 60 km/h for pedestrians, lane keeping assist, All Surface Progress Control, Hill Launch Assist, a Driver Condition Monitor that sounds an alert if the driver is getting drowsy, and more.

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Cargo space is good, but we would have appreciated 40/20/40-split seatbacks or at least a centre pass-through. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

My tester was in second-rung S trim, which meant that for $45,200 it comes with one-inch larger nine-spoke 18-inch alloys, signature LED daytime running lights on the lower edges of each headlamp, auto-dimming, power folding, heated side mirrors with approach lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a rear centre armrest, upgraded Navigation Pro infotainment, Smartphone and Connect Pro packages, plus more.

On top of this, Jaguar added the aforementioned 19-inch alloys for $1,120, Santorini black metallic paint for $670, heated front seats for $510 (yes, shocking these aren’t standard in Canada), an $820 Cold Climate package with a heatable steering wheel, a heated windscreen, heated windshield washer jets, and a higher grade soft grain leather steering wheel, a head-up display for $1,020, an Ebony Morzine (black) headliner for $410, three rear power sockets for $230, a powered liftgate for $360, and Configurable Dynamics for $360, bringing the total up to $50,860 before freight and fees.

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Jaguar’s new in-house turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium engine lineup is an E-Pace highlight, this unit making 246-hp and the optional mill good for 296-hp. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

While I was happy the way it was outfitted, if this were my personal ride I’d be more than tempted to go with a sportier looking set of 19-, 20- or 21-inch rims that range in price from the same $1,120 as my upgraded wheels to $3,670 for the largest on offer, while the $1,180 panoramic sunroof would be a must-have add-on. Audio quality is important to me too, and while the base 125-watt six-speaker stereo was passable I’d upgrade to either the $410 380-watt 11-speaker Meridian system or the $1,230 825-watt 15-speaker surround sound alternative, while the $570 fully configurable digital gauge cluster would be a good choice too. That said adding auto high beams for only $260 is a no-brainer, as are any number of other options available with this S trim, or you may want to consider moving up to the SE package or for that matter R-Dynamic or First Edition trims. I cover all available trims, packages, options, prices and more in a separate E-Pace news story that I recommend you check out, as I’ve got to cut this review off now before it gets bogged down in minutiae.

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It’s easy to recommend the new 2018 Jaguar E-Pace. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)

I could also bore you with fine details like the dual powered USBs, 12-volt charger, and micro SIM card slot in the velvet-lined front centre console bin, multiple rubberized trays for stowing phones up front, handy webbed pockets on the backsides of the seats, and more, but suffice to say that Jaguar has put a lot of time and effort into making sure its new E-Pace targets the wants and needs of today’s compact luxury SUV buyer, which should help it pull buyers away from those competitors named earlier, some that have been around too long without updates and therefore aren’t as compelling.

The E-Pace is as fresh as fresh gets, impressively finished, well equipped for the money, plenty of fun to drive, and great looking, so it should definitely be on your shortlist.

Jaguar’s F-Type sports car needs no introduction, but you may not realize this 2018 model has gone through a much more comprehensive mid-cycle makeover than mere appearances suggest. Along with subtle…

2018 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Road Test

There's no more iconic modern-day Jaguar than the F-Type. It's the heart and soul of the famed British brand, just like the sensational XK, elegant XJ-S, legendary E-Type, and revered XK150/140/120 were in decades' past. For good reason the F-Type has become one of the best-selling sports cars in the premium sector, and likewise it goes without saying that any opportunity afforded me within its cockpit is met with enthusiasm.

I was especially excited to get my hands on this 2018 model, as it represents the F-Type's first-ever mid-cycle refresh. Premium sports cars don't get made over as often as volume-branded alternatives, this being the fifth model year of its availability, so its changes were welcome even if ultimately subtle in application. Look closely and you'll see the new standard LED headlights that add a premium-level, high-tech appearance and better nighttime visibility no matter the trim, while the front bumper and lower fascia design features new air intakes with Read Full Story
Jaguar made news last year by introducing its formidable and efficient new gasoline-powered Ingenium turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine to its gorgeous 2018 F-Type sports…

2018 Jaguar XE and F-Pace add new 2.0L turbo and drop price

2018 Jaguar XE
The XE is one of many 2018 Jaguar models to benefit from a new gasoline-powered turbo-four and price-drop. (Photo: Jaguar)
Jaguar made news last year by introducing its formidable and efficient new gasoline-powered Ingenium turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine to its gorgeous 2018 F-Type sports car, which allowed for significantly reduced base pricing of $68,500, a $10k advantage. Now two versions of that new engine are available in the 2018 XE and 2018 F-Pace, which has also allowed reduced pricing that targets a much broader range of luxury consumers. The 2018 Jaguar XE comes to market with a new base price of $43,900 (plus freight and fees) compared to $45,000 for last year’s base 20d turbo-diesel version, saving entry-level buyers $1,100 off the top, albeit the XE 20d now moves up in price by $900 to $45,900. Likewise, the popular F-Pace compact SUV gets a $650 price drop from $50,900 last year to $50,250 this year, while the 20d turbo-diesel’s MSRP increases slightly by $350 to $51,250.
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The new base F-Pace uses the same 247-hp 2.0-litre turbo-four as the new base XE. (Photo: Jaguar)
Along with the reduced pricing comes dramatically improved performance in base trim, the 20d highly efficient yet not as quick as the new gasoline-powered turbo four. The zero to 100km/h sprint time in the base XE 25t AWD drops to just 6.2 seconds from 7.9 seconds for the XE 20d AWD, whereas both are limited to a top speed of 195 km/h, but top speed increases to 217 km/h with the F-Pace 25t AWD compared to 208 km/h in the F-Pace 20d AWD, while sprinting from standstill to 100km/h is reduced from 8.7 seconds to 6.8. This newfound energy is due to differences in the way gasoline and diesel engines make their power and torque, in this case the 25t good for 247 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque from 1,200 to 4,500 rpm, while the 20d makes 180 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 318 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, in both the XE and F-Pace.
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The new turbocharged four-cylinder makes the XE 25t AWD and F-Pace 25t AWD quicker than the 20d turbo-diesel. (Photo: Jaguar)
The tradeoff is fuel-efficiency, with the XE 25t AWD estimated to achieve a Transport Canada five-cycle fuel economy rating of 9.8 L/100km in the city, 6.9 on the highway and 8.5 combined, and the XE 20d AWD good for a claimed 7.8 city, 5.8 highway and 6.9 combined. Similarly, the larger and heavier F-Pace 25t AWD is rated at 10.7 L/100km city, 8.8 highway and 9.9 combined, whereas the F-Pace 20d AWD gets an estimated 8.9 city, 7.2 highway and 8.1 combined. As part of Jaguar’s value proposition, both the XE and F-Pace receive standard all-wheel drive in Canada, while this all-weather advantage is also joined up to a highly efficient, quick-shifting eight-speed ZF automatic that includes the brand’s unique rotating dial gear selector and shift paddles on the steering wheel.
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A high-output 296-hp version of the same 2.0-litre turbo-four is available in both models. (Photo: Jaguar)
A further scan of both models’ standard equipment lists adds to the value equation, with base Premium trim including dual tailpipes with chromed finishers, metal treadplates with Jaguar script, an electromechanical parking brake, a HomeLink garage door opener, JaguarDrive Control that adjusts steering and throttle mapping for Normal, Eco, Dynamic or Rain Ice Snow modes, rain-sensing wipers, touch-sensitive JaguarSense switchgear for the LED overhead lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto-dimming and power-folding heatable side mirrors with approach lights, driver’s memory for the powered seats and side mirrors, dual-zone auto climate control, a large 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a backup camera, 11-speaker 380-watt Meridian audio, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming, more convenient 40/20/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, hill launch assist, All Surface Progress Control for greater control in slippery conditions, brake-system applied torque vectoring to improve handling and stability, tire pressure monitoring, and much more.
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Jaguar’s standard and optional features lists continue to provide good value. (Photo: Jaguar)
In addition, the base Jaguar F-Pace Premium includes 19-inch alloys instead of 18s for the XE, standard proximity-sensing keyless entry and ignition, a powered liftgate, satellite instead of HD radio, a reversible load floor that switches from luxury carpeting to a rubberized surface, and more. Both new engines are available with Jaguar’s base Premium, mid-range Prestige and performance-oriented R-Sport trims, with features included in these upper trims including full LED headlights, leather upholstery, a heatable powered steering wheel, heated seats, a head-up display, navigation, advanced driver assistance systems, and much more.
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All-wheel drive continues to be standard on both XE and the more off-road oriented F-Pace. (Photo: Jaguar)
An even more potent version of the 2.0-litre Ingenium turbo-four can be had in all of the above trims as well as with the top-line Portfolio model, this engine putting out 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque for a 5.5-second sprint from zero to 100km/h and top speed once again capped off at 195 km/h in the XE 30t AWD, plus a charge from standstill to 100km/h of 6.0 seconds and top speed of 233 km/h in the F-Pace 30t AWD. Despite the much-improved performance fuel economy is minimally affected, with the XE 30t AWD estimated to consume 11.8 L/100km in the city, 8.2 on the highway and 10.2 combined, and the F-Pace 30t AWD rated at 10.9 city, 8.7 city and 9.9 combined.
2018 Jaguar XE
Jaguar uses an intelligent space-saving dial-type gear selector finished in beautiful knurled metal, plus steering wheel paddles on most of its models. (Photo: Jaguar)
Of note, both XE and F-Pace can also be had with a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 that’s good for 380 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, making the so-named XE S AWD a noticeable 0.3-seconds quicker from zero to 100km/h than the XE 30t AWD, with a quickest time of 5.2 seconds albeit no faster in its overall top speed, while the F-Pace S AWD takes a full half-second off of its zero to 100km/h launch time at just 5.5 seconds, before arriving at a higher terminal velocity of 250 km/h. Like all Jaguars, the XE and F-Pace are built using lightweight, recyclable aluminum body panels, internal framework and chassis components, setting them apart from the majority of their competitors. The XE is Jaguar’s entry-level sport-luxury sedan, positioned below the mid-size XF, which also gets both base and high-output versions of the new four-cylinder engine, and full-size XJ flagship model, whereas the F-Pace sits above the all-new 2018 E-Pace subcompact SUV, which is now Jaguar’s entry-level model at just $42,700, and also incorporates the two new turbo-four engines.
Jaguar has already proven it’s fully capable of producing a sport utility vehicle worthy of pulling eyeballs as it runs rings around much of the competition, but the impressive F-Pace is on the large…

New Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV promises big performance

2018 Jaguar E-Pace
The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV certainly has styling on its side. (Photo: Jaguar)
Jaguar has already proven it’s fully capable of producing a sport utility vehicle worthy of pulling eyeballs as it runs rings around much of the competition, but the impressive F-Pace is on the large side of compact, leaving lots of room below for a smaller, more affordable entry-level SUV to conquest upwardly mobile buyers entering the luxury realms. So, say hello to the new E-Pace, the subcompact premium SUV segment’s newest arrival. Speaking of pulling eyeballs, stunt driver Terry Grant did just that in a new E-Pace as he performed a Guinness World Record setting 15-metre (50-foot) 270-degree “barrel roll” jump for the SUV’s global reveal at the London ExCel Centre (see photo gallery above and video below).
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
The 2018 E-Pace with stunt driver Terry Grant behind the wheel set a new Guinness World Record for longest barrel roll during its global launch. (Photo: Jaguar)
As you might have expected, such handling chops were procured from a modified version of Jaguar Land Rover’s “D8” platform architecture, which already supports the similarly sized Range Rover Evoque and considerably larger Land Rover Discovery Sport.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
The E-Pace looks good standing still too. (Photo: Jaguar)
To be clear, the new E-Pace measures 4,395 millimetres (173.0 inches) long, 1,984 mm (78.1 inches) wide with the side mirrors folded, 2,088 mm (82.2 inches) wide with those mirrors extended, 1,649 mm (64.9 inches) tall, and rides on a 2,681-mm (105.6-inch) wheelbase. That makes it 24 mm (0.9 inches) longer than the Evoque with a 21-mm (0.8-inch) longer wheelbase, as well as 84 mm (3.3 inches) wider and 14 mm (0.5 inches) taller than Range Rover’s smallest, while it’s 195 mm (7.7 inches) shorter than the Discovery Sport with a 60-mm (2.3-inch) shorter wheelbase, plus 85 mm (3.3 inches) narrower and 75 mm (2.9 inches) closer to the ground—and we’re not talking ground clearance which measures a considerable 204 mm (8.0 inches).
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
The E-Pace is only fractionally larger than the Range Rover Evoque. (Photo: Jaguar)
Likewise, the E-Pace can haul up to 577 litres (20.4 cubic feet) of cargo under the cargo cover behind its rear seatbacks, which makes it two litres (0.1 cubic feet) more accommodating than the Evoque and 349 litres (12.3 cubic feet) less so than the Discovery Sport. The E-Pace has 685 litres (24.2 cubic feet) of cargo space when including the area above the cargo cover, while if you fold its 60/40-split rear seatbacks down it can manage up to 1,487 litres (52.5 cubic feet) of gear, which once again is exactly two litres (0.1 cubic feet) more than the Evoque albeit 407 litres (14.4 cubic feet) less than the Disco Sport. In other words, the E-Pace is more squarely in the subcompact luxury SUV camp than the compact, which is exactly where Jaguar needs it.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
The E-Pace promises strong performance from both of its four-cylinder turbocharged engines. (Photo: Jaguar)
While the E-Pace shares some architectural underpinnings with the Evoque, the rear suspensions are totally unique. Due to Jaguar’s on-road performance demands, the E-Pace incorporates a downsized version of the F-Pace’ rear suspension design, while aluminum steering knuckles and aluminum front suspension components improve geometry while lowering unsprung weight. Specifically, the E-Pace uses a McPherson strut front suspension with lower control arms, coil springs, passive shock absorbers, and a passive anti-roll bar, plus an integral multi-link rear setup with coil springs, passive dampers and a passive anti-roll bar.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
Lightweight aluminum in the unique E-Pace suspension aids handling. (Photo: Jaguar)
Additionally, the electric rack and pinion steering system has been solidly mounted to the SUV for increased feel. That said the E-Pace is less aluminum-intensive as the rest of Jaguar’s lineup, although the fenders and tailgate are formed from the lightweight metal in order to reduce its curb weight to a manageable 1,893 kilograms (4,173 pounds), which is still quite considerable for such a small vehicle.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
With up to 296-hp available, most subcompact luxury SUV competitors will be seeing the tail end of the E-Pace more often than not. (Photo: Jaguar)
Still, the new E-Pace should be one of the subcompact luxury SUV segment’s more exhilarating performers. For starters, the transverse-mounted base 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine in the E-Pace P250 AWD model makes 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque from only 1,200 rpm, whereas the even sportier R-Dynamic P300 AWD variant uses the 296-horsepower version of the same mill that’s capable of 295 lb-ft of torque from just 1,500 rpm, both mated to a state-of-the-art ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission with optional paddle shifters. Jaguar promises 7.0 seconds to 100km/h and a top speed of 230-km/h in the base model, and a more energetic 6.4 seconds to the 100km/h mark along with a higher 243 km/h terminal velocity in the R-Dynamic, which is formidable performance for the class.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
Fuel economy should be an E-Pace strong point. (Photo: Jaguar)
Of note, Jaguar’s internal fuel economy tests of the base 246 horsepower E-Pace resulted in 10.2 L/100km in the city and 8.4 on the highway, though take heed no official fuel economy results have been announced. No doubt the E-Pace’ sleek styling helps to minimize drag and commensurately reduce fuel economy, some of its design cues even taken from the revered F-Type sports car, particularly its sweptback headlight clusters. Its taillights are wholly unique, however, and promised to be Jaguar signatures in the future.
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The E-Pace’ headlights were inspired by the F-Type. (Photo: Jaguar)
Likewise, the E-Pace more closely resembles the F-Type inside thanks to a dual-cockpit front seat layout divided by a wrap-around centre console featuring a prominent flying buttress-style leather-wrapped grab handle on the passenger side, the lower console completed by a regular shift lever rather than Jaguar’s usual rotating dial selector. A large 8.3-litre storage area between the two front seats makes sure a practical element is included in the emotive design.
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The E-Pace interior shares a number of F-Type design cues as well. (Photo: Jaguar)
The driver and front passenger aren’t the only pampered occupants, because the rear seating area appears nicely finished and roomy, while the E-Pace promises to lead competitors in connectivity with up to five USB outlets, four 12-volt sockets, and 4G WiFi that’s capable of supporting up to eight devices, the latter standard on all trim levels above base.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
The cockpit is very driver-centric. (Photo: Jaguar)
With a base MSRP of $42,700 plus freight and fees the E-Pace won’t be the most affordable subcompact SUV in its class, but it won’t be lacking features either thanks to standard all-wheel drive, a continuously variable semi-active suspension featuring both passive and adaptive dampers, and braking system-based torque vectoring to aid handling by dragging the inside wheels during turns to increase vehicle rotation and reduce understeer.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
Jaguar promises class-leading infotainment and connectivity. (Photo: Jaguar)
Additional standard features include auto on/off LED headlamps, 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, branded metal treadplates, pushbutton ignition, an electromechanical parking brake, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, a colour multi-information display within the gauge cluster, JaguarDrive dynamic mode selection with four settings including Normal, Dynamic, Eco, and Rain/Ice/Snow that alters throttle response, transmission shift points, climate control efficiency and more, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone auto climate control, 10-inch TouchPro touchscreen infotainment with tablet-style swipe, pinch and zoom gestures, voice activation, a rearview camera, six-speaker 125-watt audio, plus front and rear parking sensors.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
The E-Pace centre console looks surprisingly similar to the F-Type’s. (Photo: Jaguar)
The base E-Pace includes all the expected passive and active safety equipment too, as well as and plenty of advanced driver assistance systems like semiautonomous low-speed cruise control that automatically adjusts engine and brake settings to help drivers maintain control on slippery surfaces, autonomous emergency braking from 5 km/h to 80 km/h for frontal collisions and 5 km/h to 60 km/h for pedestrians, lane keeping assist, All Surface Progress Control, Hill Launch Assist, a Driver Condition Monitor that sounds an alert if the driver is getting drowsy, plus more.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
Standard and optional features are plentiful. (Photo: Jaguar)
The base E-Pace can be upgraded with S and SE option packages too, the former priced at $45,200 and adding unique nine-spoke 18-inch alloys, signature LED daytime running lights on the lower edges of each headlamp, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors with integrated approach lamps, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a rear centre armrest, upgraded Navigation Pro infotainment, a Smartphone package and a Connect Pro package, plus a Park package featuring a 360-degree parking monitor and semi-autonomous Park Assist, while the latter $48,200 SE boasts everything from the S as well as a different set of 10-spoke 19-inch alloys, larger 350-mm front brakes, auto high beams, an 11-speaker 380-watt Meridian audio system, a powered liftgate, and a Drive package featuring adaptive cruise control with Queue Assist, high-speed emergency braking, and blindspot monitoring.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
R-Dynamic models get unique styling and improved driving dynamics. (Photo: Jaguar)
Along with the extra engine performance, the $51,000 E-Pace R-Dynamic adds an Active Driveline system incorporating an electronic rear differential with wet-plate clutches that send power rear-to-front (with up to 100-percent to the front for improved fuel economy, and a return to AWD in only 0.3 seconds), side-to-side, and even to a single wheel if required for improved traction and/or handling, plus a unique front fascia design with a gloss black grille insert, deeper air intakes at the corners, body-coloured side sills, a lower rear bumper with a gloss black valence, satin chrome exterior trim, 18-inch five-spoke alloys, paddle shifters behind the spokes of a special R-Dynamic branded leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, bright metal pedals, 10-way powered front seats, sport seats with unique leather upholstery, standard navigation, yet more advanced driver assist systems, and most of the features included with the previous S package as standard.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
Dual exhaust is standard. (Photo: Jaguar)
The R-Dynamic can also be had in $54,000 SE and $57,300 HSE trims, the former adding unique five-spoke 19-inch alloys, 14-way powered front seats with memory, and similar features to the previously noted SE package, while HSE trim includes twinned five-spoke 20-inch alloys, proximity-sensing keyless access with a gesture activated liftgate, 18-way powered front seats with heat and memory, and perforated Windsor leather upholstery with contrast stitching.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
The E-Pace’ design details give it a truly sporty look. (Photo: Jaguar)
Lastly, the $59,000 E-Pace First Edition provides unique design treatments such as Caldera Red paint, a Black Exterior Package, and satin grey-finish 20-inch twin-spoke alloys outside, plus Ebony Windsor leather upholstery with Flame Red contrast stitching, an Ebony Suedecloth headliner, and special floor mats printed in a jaguar fur pattern, plus the same pattern found on the shoulder-height seat tags on the inside, while it also includes a standard fixed panoramic sunroof and everything featured in the R-Dynamic HSE as well as Land Rover’s new Activity Key wristband that lets you leave your keys in the car while going on a hike, skiing, hitting the beach, or doing some other kind of activity that might potentially make finding lost keys impossible.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
These slender LED taillights are unique to the E-Pace. (Photo: Jaguar)
The First Edition is available in Santorini Black and Yulong White as well for an extra $670, but that’s it for colour options, whereas the R-Dynamic comes standard in Fuji White instead of Caldera Red and can also be had in Corris Grey, Indus Silver, Firenze Red, Caesium Blue, and Borasco Grey for $670, plus Farallon Black and Silicon Silver for $1,640 (or $1,430 in R-Dynamic SE trim).
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
This Jaguar and its cub run along the base of the windshield, reminding that the E-Pace is ideal for young families. (Photo: Jaguar)
The Black Exterior package costs an extra $260 if you want it, while the standard Grain Leather sport seats can be had in Ebony with Light Oyster beige stitching, Ebony with Reims blue stitching, and Light Oyster beige with Ebony stitching at no charge, or higher grade Windsor leather in Ebony/Oyster, Oyster/Oyster, Mars Red/Ebony, Ebony/Eclipse blue, and Siena Tan/Ebony for $1,980. The headliner can be had in Ebony or Oyster at no charge or the aforementioned Ebony Suedecloth for $1,020.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
The optional puddle lamps display the Jaguar and cub graphic on the ground. (Photo: Jaguar)
Additionally, the 380-watt Meridian audio upgrade can be had for $410 and an even more potent 15-speaker 825-watt version for $1,230 (or $820 in the SE and HSE). Additionally, a 12.3-inch fully configurable colour HD Interactive Driver Display virtual gauge cluster can be added for a mere $570, while a head-up display system will project vital info such as vehicle speed, entertainment functions, adaptive cruise control settings, plus alerts for the optional blindspot monitor and lane departure warning on the windshield for $1,020.
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The E-Pace’ optional fixed panoramic sunroof is massive. (Photo: Jaguar)
Of course there’s more depending on trim, an $820 Cold Climate package ($670 in R-Dynamic trims) adding a heatable windshield, heated washer jets, and a heatable steering wheel, and a $970 Drive package featuring adaptive cruise control with Queue Assist, high-speed emergency braking, and blindspot assist, while many of the features found in upper trims can be had individually, such as proximity access for $620, the activity key for $410, bright metal pedals for $260, auto high beams for $260, ambient interior lighting for $360, a universal garage door opener for $260, the 360-degree surround parking monitor for $360, satellite and HD radio for $510, heated rear seats for $1,020, a fixed panoramic sunroof for $1,180, the powered liftgate for $360, the liftgate with gesture control for $460 (or $110 with the SE), Configurable Dynamics that let you personalize the JaguarDrive dynamic modes via the touchscreen, for $360, adaptive dynamics for $1,020, loads of wheels from 19 to 21 inches in diameter for $510 to $3,670, plus more.
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The E-Pace has no shortage of optional wheel designs. (Photo: Jaguar)
The E-Pace will soon go up against its own sibling Range Rover Evoque as well as the segment bestselling Buick Encore, second most popular BMW X1, third-place Mercedes GLA, as well as the Audi Q3, Mini Countryman, and Infiniti QX30, while in short order it will also have the Volvo XC40, Acura CDX, and Lexus UX to deal with. Still, despite the crowded subcompact luxury SUV segment the E-Pace’ attractive styling, exciting performance, advanced engineering, luxurious interior, bevy of standard and optional features, impressive active safety equipment, plus strong value proposition to help it to succeed.
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The open road beckons with Jaguar’s new 2018 E-Pace. (Photo: Jaguar)
E-Pace models headed for Jaguar Canada showrooms are being built in Graz, Austria by Magna Steyr, the vehicle-assembly division of Canadian auto parts maker Magna International, whereas the majority of Asian markets will receive theirs from Chery Jaguar Land Rover, JLR’s joint venture partnership in Changshu, China. The E-Pace will be available across Canada starting January 2018. Until then, check out a video of the new E-Pace achieving its Guinness World Record setting 15-metre 270-degree “barrel roll” jump below: