2018 Jaguar E-Pace: Not an EV SUV, is first FWD/AWD Jag since X-Type

The new 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is a small SUV competing with the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, not, as the name suggests, an electric vehicle.


That electric SUV is coming later, and it will be known as the I-Pace. Confused?

The E-Pace name shares the Pace part with the larger F-Pace SUV, and the E part links it to the XE sedan, just as the F-Pace shares its F with the larger XF.

But the F-Pace and the XF use the same RWD/AWD aluminum platform, the E-Pace and XE use different platforms. The XE uses a shorter version of the RWD/AWD aluminum platform from the XF, but the E-Pace uses the D8 FWD/AWD platform of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.

The D8 platform goes back to the third generation Ford Focus.

The E-Pace will have two 2-liter Si4 Ingenium gas engines with a twin scroll turbo: 183kW (245hp) and 221kW (296hp).

And three 2-liter Ingenum turbo diesel engines: the 110kW (148hp) Td4, 132kW (177hp) Sd4, and range topping Sd4 with 177kW (237hp) and 500Nm (369 lb-ft).

A 6-speed manual or 9-speed, and FWD and AWD options are available.

The E-Pace will be built in Austria and China. It goes on sale in 2018.

Dimensions

Length: 4,411mm | 173.7 inches
Width: 1,984mm | 78.1 inches
Height: 1,649mm | 82.2 inches
Wheelbase: 2,681mm | 105.6 inches



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