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All-new Jaguar E-Pace spotted testing

All-new Jaguar E-Pace spotted testing
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Thursday 06 April 2017, 15:29 PM

Jaguar is developing an all-new crossover which will be positioned below the F-Pace. It will be called the E-Pace and here we have spy shots of the prototype doing the rounds of Nurburgring.

The E-Pace would be competing against the German trio of Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Level-wise, the entry level E-Pace will be to the smaller XE what the F-Pace is to the XF sedan currently. The smaller crossover from Coventry is expected to be based on the tweaked platform of the new Range Rover Evoque. Under the camouflage of the E-Pace, we could see a cab-forward design with a coupe-like silhouette. Its fascia would be similar to that of its elder brethren with sleek LED headlights and an imposing grille, making it instantly recognisable as a Jaguar.

The exclusive interior shots of the prototype don't reveal much, however, the prototype had a gear-lever instead of Jaguar’s characteristic ‘hand-shake’ rotary dial. We expect the production vehicle to have a cabin similar to that of the XE or the F-Pace. Powering the E-Pace will be Jaguar’s turbocharged inline-four petrol and diesel engines mated with the ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, while the all-wheel-drive will be optional.

Jaguar has witnessed a lot of success with their first crossover, the F-Pace, and with SUVs and crossovers being the flavour of the season, adding another crossover to its line-up is a logical move on part of Jaguar. The E-Pace is expected to be introduced sometime next year after the highly anticipated I-Pace is launched. The car will hit the road only in 2019 and will be a much more affordable product, which might make the E-Pace Jaguar’s highest selling car.

 

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