The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace will cost the same as a hot-hatch

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 by

And it has a baby on its windscreen! The first compact crossover in the 81-year-old carmaker’s history, the E-Pace, is expected to start from AED140,000

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When it arrives next year the Jaguar E-Pace is expected to start from around AED140,000

Merely a year after launching its first-ever crossover, 81-year old British carmaker Jaguar has just revealed the first compact crossover in its history somewhat unimaginatively dubbed the E-Pace.

E comes before F in the English alphabet as well as in Jaguar’s crossover line-up — last year the bigger F-Pace helped the company post record-breaking sales and grow by 20 percent annually to sell nearly 600,000 cars.

The smaller, cheaper E-Pace will only increase those numbers. Forecast to start from about AED140,000 when it comes to market in 2018 (whereas the F-Pace starts from AED186,800), the E-Pace will introduce more women to the brand traditionally sought after by older males, and what’s more it’s expected to help conquer new sales from competing carmakers.

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Jaguar’s test programme for the E-Pace stretched from the Arctic circle to the deserts around Dubai in order to make sure the car can stand up to our region’s 50+ degrees Celcius summers. At launch, the Coventry-based carmaker will offer a range of diesel and petrol engines, of which only the latter interest us – a twin-scroll turbocharger helps the E-Pace’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine make nearly 250 horsepower in base petrol trim, and 300 horsepower in the top-spec model.

Going up against rivals such as the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Jaguar E-Pace seats five passengers and afford 577 litres of cargo room with the rear seats up, or you can drop them 60/40 to free up 1,234 litres of space. Interior features include a 10.0-inch digital display, with a 12.3-inch system and a head-up display also optionally available.

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Led by Ian Callum, Jaguar’s designers had fun with their E-Pace ‘cub’

This being design boss Ian Callum’s first time he and his team got to play with a compact crossover, play they certainly did — the designers added a number of easter eggs for customers to find dotted around the car, such as a mother Jaguar and her little cub in tow on the base of the windscreen, and the subtle print of the stowage mats in an animal pattern. The third ‘easter egg’ is a bit of a stretch though — Jaguar says the ‘chicane line’ on the tail lamp graphics is supposed to be a nod to the company’s racing heritage at Le Mans, and more recently in Formula E.

The new Jaguar E-Pace will debut on the market in the form of the First Edition model powered by the 250 horsepower petrol engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, specified in the sporty R-Dynamic trim with 20-inch diamond-turned six-spoke wheels, and available in three colour choices including white and black, and this Caldera Red unique to the First Edition.

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