Jaguar Refines the E-PACE

Eat Sleep Drive Repeat

29 October 2020

New drive, luxury and style

Having recently updated its F-PACE SUV, Jaguar has announced improvements to the E-PACE compact SUV.

The major change is the addition of a new three-cylinder plug-in hybrid model. The P300e PHEV combines a 147kW 1.5 3-cylinder petrol engine with Jaguar’s Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) motor, with an output of 80kW. The setup endows the P300e with a 0-100km/h of 6.5 seconds, as well as an all-electric range of 55km from its 15kWh battery.

The rest of the E-PACE lineup comprises a range of 2.0 four-cylinder diesel and petrol motors:

D200 147kW, nine-speed automatic, AWD
P250 184kW, nine-speed automatic, AWD
P300 221kW, nine-speed automatic, AWD
P300e 227kW, eight-speed automatic, AWD

Another update to the model range is Jaguar’s Premium Transverse Architecture, a series of upgrades that improves comfort and responses. For the first time in the E-PACE, the all-wheel drive system includes Driveline Disconnect technology: whilst cruising, the setup disengages the AWD system and sends power to the front axle only for improved fuel efficiency.

The R300 model has an extra trick up its all-wheel drive sleeve: its Active Driveline AWD system can transfer torque between the front and rear axles, as well across the individual rear wheels. The full torque count can be split between either the left and right wheel within tenth of a second.

The rest of the upgrades follow the same recipe as the recent F-PACE changes, and include revised front-end styling with a new grille and all-LED headlights with adaptive lighting technology. At the rear, the all-LED lights are inspired by the I-PACE EV and feature Jaguar’s chicane graphic.

For the interior, the E-PACE features greater refinement through improved luxury and connectivity. Highlights include the 11.4-inch curved touchscreen that controls the Pivi Pro infotainment system, as well as wireless charging and a newly designed Drive Selector finished in stitched leather.

The new Jaguar E-PACE will be available in South Africa in the first half of 2021, with pricing to be confirmed closer to launch.

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