Alas, this is all we can show you of the new E-Pace – the full reveal isn’t until July 13th. Only then will we see how well Jaguar’s newly-acquired prowess with SUV styling transfers to the smaller XE family. If this first shot of the newcomer is any guide, signs are good for Jag’s first junior SUV. Big brother F-Pace is already the best looker in the class we reckon.
Signs are also good for a competitive market position. Jaguar is giving a guide price of £28,500 for the E-Pace, which will be up against popular machines like BMW’s X1 and Audi’s Q3. That’s only around £1,500 more than Jaguar’s entry 2.0-litre 197bhp XE saloon.
Jaguar says the E-Pace will “combine sports car design and agility with everyday SUV practicality.” It will be all-wheel drive but entry models are also likely to be available with 2wd, as is normal for the class. That’s likely to be front-wheel drive – XE sedans are rear-drive – but Jag is promising a firm sporting emphasis to the handling, as buyers expect.
There are no spec details as yet, only confirmation that the familiar Ingenium range of petrol and diesel engines will power the newcomer. So no electric or hybrid versions – that particular Jaguar revolution will come next year with the arrival of the radically different, battery-powered I-Pace.