Jaguar E-Pace 2017: Prices, specs and release date

Jaguar E-Pace 2017: Prices, specs and release date

Jaguar E-Pace 2017: Prices, specs and release date

Having had no contender in the popular crossover and sport-utility vehicle space just two years ago, the new model will compete with the likes of BMW's X1, Audi's Q3, Mercedes' GLA and the forthcoming Volvo XC40, says IHS Markit principal automotive analyst Ian Fletcher. The result is comfort and good looks with tonnes of power and some seriously good handling.

Jaguar teased the E-Pace earlier in July.

It features a 4G wifi hotspot that allows EIGHT devices to stream content. There are up to 12-volt charging points and five USB connections.

There's also a huge new heads up display system, which projects 66 per cent more information on to the windscreen than previous versions. The unit now gets the Jaguar's InControl Pro suite of apps, while the company does say Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be offered in the future.

R-Dynamic variants have a broader range of interior colour options than standard versions of the auto, as well as sports seats and other design differences.

The E-Pace measures in at 4,395mm long with generous rear legroom of 892mm and a boot capacity of 577 litres - enough for a folded buggy, a full set of golf clubs sideways or six flight suitcases. That means as 0-60mph time of just 5.9 seconds. To that end the most economic petrol all-wheel drive 249hp automatic records 36.7mpg and 174g/km of CO2. There's even an option for paddle shift gears if you want to really take control of the drive. The front-wheel-drive version is just being reserved for the entry-level model powered by 150hp 2.0-litre diesel and six-speed manual gearbox for the sake of lowered Carbon dioxide emissions. As a result Jaguar could soon like Porsche before it become a brand with a performance image that actually sells more SUVs than sports cars or saloons.

Next year, the E-Pace will be followed into showrooms by a production version of the I-Pace that's expected to be priced from about £60,000, while a larger model - possibly called the J-Pace - is expected in 2020.

There three colour choices - Caldera Red, Yulong White and Santorini Black - and 20-inch alloys. Windsor leather in ebony with red contrast stitching indoors will be joined with a panoramic glass roof and LED ambient lighting.

While the larger F-Pace has a slightly more upright appearance, the sportier E-Pace has a sleeker roofline that can be characterized as nearly a fastback.

Whichever model you opt for, there's Integral Link rear suspension and a special hollow-cast aluminum front suspension design to keep weight down. Its larger sibling, the F-Pace was launched recently and it looks like the British marque will continue its SUV onslaught and launch a third model, the all-electric I-Pace, within a few months. All from the ultra-modern Ingenium family, the range starts with the low-emission 148bhp diesel, which, on the shopping trolley casters that pass for 17-inch wheels, will let you off with 124g/km.

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