Jaguar E-Pace updated

Significant updates for Jaguar E-Pace

Reuben Van Niekerk

With a refreshed exterior, enhanced interior, the latest Pivi Pro infotainment, new vehicle architecture and a choice of powerful and efficient engines, including an advanced Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle powertrain, the new Jaguar E-Pace is more assertive, connected, refined and efficient than ever.


What’s new?

The new p300e PHEV powertrain combines the 147kW 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 80kW Electric Rear Axle Drive motor allowing the E-Pace to be driven up to 55km in zero emissions EV mode.


The exterior design enhancements give Jaguar’s compact performance SUV a more assertive stance and luxurious appearance. At the front, changes include a revised lower aperture incorporating a distinctive blade element. A new grille mesh design with diamond detailing is influenced by the Jaguar heritage logo and features a contemporary Noble Chrome finish, while new side fender vents feature the iconic Leaper emblem.


New all-LED headlights feature double J daytime running light signatures, which are available with optional pixel LED technology, delivering increased resolution and brightness. Adaptive driving beam capability evaluates the road ahead and automatically adapts the high beam pattern by selecting different LED segments to mask oncoming traffic or traffic signs, to optimise visibility and reduce glare without distracting other drivers.


Advanced LED technology is fitted to S models, while Premium LED headlights with Auto High Beam Assist feature on SE and HSE vehicles. The technology uses a forward facing camera to automatically switch between high and low beam, to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers. Rear animated directional indicators are standard on S, SE and HSE models with front animated directional indicators fitted to SE and HSE derivatives.


At the rear, the lower bumper features a new mesh insert, between the integrated tail pipes that are standard with four-cylinder petrol engines. The LED rear lights are inspired by the all-electric I-Pace and feature Jaguar’s chicane graphic, showcasing the advanced technology and modernity of the overall design.


In purposeful R-Dynamic specification, the new E-Pace features a series of distinct design elements for a more performance focused look, while all models are available with the additional Black exterior pack, which delivers an even more dynamic appearance with bespoke elements finished in Narvick Black.


Interior upgrades

At the heart of the new interior is the integrated 11.4-inch curved glass HD touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard, which controls the new Pivi Pro infotainment system.


The driver focussed interior also provides easier access to the larger stowage area in front of the new Drive Selector, which features cricket ball stitching and houses the 15W wireless device charger.


Heightened attention to detail is provided by an embossed Jaguar leaper on the headrests while, ‘Est. 1935 Jaguar Coventry’ upholstery tags reference the history and heritage of the brand.


Drivetrain updates

The new E-Pace utilises Jaguar’s Premium Transverse Architecture, which has been designed and engineered to accommodate the latest electrified powertrain technologies, including the new three-cylinder P300e PHEV powertrain as well as the next generation four-cylinder diesel and latest petrol Ingenium engines.


Features include intelligent All-Wheel drive and smooth shifting automatic gearboxes.


The advanced 1.5 litre, three cylinder petrol engine is the latest member of the modular, flexible Ingenium engine family, and is available in the E-Pace with PHEV technology. This powertrain combines the 147kW petrol engine with an 80kW electric rear axle drive (ERAD) motor, which ensures impressive performance and efficiency, with a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.5 seconds and fuel economy as low as 2,0 litres per 100km.


The ERAD motor is powered by a 15kWh lithium-ion battery located under the boot floor and when fully charged it provides up to 55km of all-electric range.


Other engine options include a next generation 2.0 litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel, producing 147kW, and the latest 2.0 litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines, producing 184 or 221kW, paired with AWD and nine-speed automatic transmissions.


The AWD system employed to the E-Pace utilises second generation Standard Driveline technology which automatically distributes the torque between the front and rear wheels. For the first time it features Driveline disconnect technology, which disengages the AWD system during steady state cruising, sending power only to the front axle, aiding fuel efficiency.


All E-Pace models have Jaguar drive control featuring Comfort, Eco, Rain-Ice-Snow (on fwd models) and dynamic modes. The settings, selected through a toggle switch next to the all-new Drive selector, adapt the E-Pace’s steering, transmission, throttle and adaptive damping calibrations.


Cutting-edge technologies

The new E-Pace features Jaguar’s electronic vehicle architecture, which supports a range of new technologies.


These technologies include the latest Pivi Pro infotainment technology, to enable almost instantaneous start-up, Pivi Pro has its own dedicated power source while embedded apps available provide full functionality even without your smartphone. Google and Microsoft Outlook calendar integration enables the driver to view work diaries and even join important calls through the hands-free system.


Advanced Software over the air connectivity enables customers to download and install software updates without having to visit a Jaguar retailer.


Complementing the central 11.4-inch touchscreen is the latest 12.2-inch HD interactive driver display with enhanced graphics and a configurable layout which can show full screen navigation mapping with turn by turn instructions, digital dials, media, contact list or infotainment details.


The new E-Pace also features Jaguar’s ClearSight Interior Rear View Mirror technology for the first time, ensuring that the driver has an unobstructed view of the road behind. Using a wide angle rear-facing camera, the system feeds images to a high-definition screen within the frameless rear view mirror.


The latest 3D surround camera technology delivers advanced 3D functionality using the latest camera technology to provide more detail and a choice of real time viewing options when manoeuvring the vehicle.


300 Sport

The range-topping 300 Sport is exclusively powered by a 221kW petrol engine and is capable of 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and features a selection of the latest technologies for enhanced performance, including Active Damping, Adaptive Dynamics, Active Driveline and Configurable Dynamics.


Available in all exterior colours, it features 20-inch five-spoke Diamond turned 20-inch wheels featuring black accents, black exterior pack and powered tailgate. On the inside, illuminated Jaguar treadplates, Meridian Audio, Ebony suedecloth headlining and R-Dynamic Taurus Sport seats in Ebony, Cloud or Deep Garnet help to set the 300 Sport apart.


Customers can choose from S, SE and HSE trim levels in R-Dynamic specification. Optional on all models is the Black Exterior Pack.


When will it be available?

The new Jaguar E-Pace will be available in South Africa in the first half of next year with pricing to be made available closer to the time.