New petrol unit lowers entry-level price, adaptive suspension boosts comfort, while AI remembers users, settings and even behaviours
The 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol sends the new entry-level E-Pace to 60mph in 7.7sec. Top speed has yet to be released, but it’s likely to be around 132mph. Fuel economy is claimed to be 34.4mpg, while CO2 is a claimed 186g/km – higher, currently, than the higher-powered variants of the E-Pace, but these will rise once the new WLTP testing system comes into force.
For the first time since its launch last year, the E-Pace will be available with adaptive suspension. Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system, now available on every car in its range bar the XJ, has Normal and Dynamic modes, with the former majoring on comfort and the latter focusing on agility.
In 197bhp form, the E-Pace starts at £33,260 — almost £2000 less than the 247bhp option. By comparison, the Volvo XC40‘s entry-level price of £27,610 is £5650 less, although the cheapest 2.0-litre petrol-engined XC40, T4 Momentum, starts at £32,070, making it only £1190 cheaper.
The E-Pace inherits Jaguar’s Smart Settings artificially intelligent machine learning system from the I-Pace that can store up to 10 driver profiles. The car detects the driver by their key fob and mobile phone Bluetooth signal, and adjusts accordingly.
Longer term, the E-Pace can even adjust to the driver’s behaviour if a pattern emerges. For exmaple, it will heat the steering wheel in colder weather without prompting if the driver has done this in the same conditions multiple times.
As part of the booming luxury small SUV market, the E-Pace is expected to become Jaguar’s best-selling model. The brand hasn’t yet confirmed what percentage of sales it expects the new entry-level petrol to account for.