Jaguar E-Pace SUV: Everything you need to know
It will be positioned as a smaller and cheaper alternative to Jaguar's larger F-Pace, a move the company says will capitalise on the 83 per cent boost in sales brought on by the range-topping SUV.
"The combination of sports car looks with Jaguar performance will ensure that the E-Pace stands out," Ian Callum, head of design, says.
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"Every Jaguar is designed to excite the senses and we think E-Pace will do just that, albeit with its own individual character."
Details on the new SUV are scarce, but Jaguar plans to unveil the whole car and its official specs at a lunch event in London on 13 July.
Until then, here's everything you need to know about Jaguar's new entry-level SUV.
Only a teaser image of the SUV's rear end has been shown so far, but it's clear to see the E-Pace's design will fall in line with its bigger F-Pace sibling and the I-Pace.
The rear lights are closer in looks to the upcoming electric car, with sharp edges and a thin LED strip leading from the boot lid to the rear side panelling. The E-Pace also boasts a sloping rear roofline, which is shared between both of Jaguar's current SUVs.
It sits on the same steel platform as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, says Autocar, and could weigh between the Discovery's 3,574lbs and the Evoque's 3,818lbs.
Interior and practicality
"Space in the cabin will be reduced compared to the F-Pace while the boot won’t be as large either," says AutoExpress. However, the E-Pace "will be more practical than an Evoque" and "more than a match for rivals".
If true, the car could sport a boot exceeding the Evoque's 420-litre luggage space with the rear seats in place. This is matched by its Audi Q3 rival, although the Mercedes GLA packs in an extra 61 litres.
It does not appear that the E-Pace will get a three-door version like the Evoque. Spy shots posted by AutoExpress indicate the new SUV will only be available as a five-door model.
Jaguar has yet to announce any details about the powertrains in the new E-Pace, although most of the company's current range is powered by engines that crop up in numerous models under the Jaguar Land Rover group.
What Car? says the car is expected to be available with "a range of turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines already found in other Jaguars".
This could include the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine available with 237bhp and 369lb-ft of torque in the new Land Rover Discovery. Ingenium units also offer the best fuel efficiency in the Discovery's line-up, with a claimed 43.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 171g/km.
Entry-level engines will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox directing power to the front axle, says What Car?. However, "most versions of the E-Pace" will get all-wheel drive systems and eight-speed automatic gearboxes.
Price and release
Prices start at £28,500, making the E-Pace around £7,000 cheaper than its bigger F-Pace sibling. However, it's a little more than £2,000 more expensive than the entry-level Q3 and £3,000 more than the Mercedes GLA.
Further details, including an official release date, will be announced on 13 July.
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