Jaguar unveils smarter, more luxurious Jaguar E-PaceOctober 28, 2020
Jaguar’s smallest E-Pace SUV features a significantly improved infotainment interface and better interior materials.
Just the day before, the updated 2021 Jaguar E-Pace was spotted testing at the Nurburgring. Jaguar’s most affordable SUV was expected to receive an updated exterior along with a more advanced infotainment system, and now the company has fully unveiled the latest E-Pace and confirmed many of our expectations.
The E-Pace is an important model in the brand’s lineup as, together with the F-Pace and I-Pace, these models make up the majority of Jaguar’s sales. At the lower price point, the latest E-Pace should accelerate Jaguar Land Rover’s recovery to some extent in the area of the company’s financial woes and the global pandemic.
Improvements begin on the outside, where the E-Pace has a new front fascia design with a distinctive “paddle” element and a new grille with chrome detailing. Stylish all-LED headlights are accentuated by dual-J-blade daytime running lights, while the side vents have a subtle addition reminiscent of the legendary Jaguar Leaper. The Black Exterior Pack is available with Narvik Black parts, but overall the changes are very subtle, although it still remains one of the most stylish luxury SUVs available.
There’s a lot more going on inside: The 2021 Jaguar E-Pace gets a curved 11.4-inch HD touchscreen display that provides access to Pivi or Pivi Pro proprietary software. Jaguar has paid attention to detail, with two coatings applied to the screen glass, one to reduce glare and the other to make fingerprints easier to wipe off. Cricket ball embroidered soft furnishings, stylish JaguarDrive Selector and an I-Pace EV-inspired steering wheel are also typically eye-catching brand touches.
Pivi Pro – standard on the top panel – features Dual-SIM technology and dual LTE modems to enhance multitasking. Also included is Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook integration. Complementing this system is the available 12.3-inch digital HD driver display and full-color TFT head-up display.
New is the ClearSight interior rearview mirror for a clear view of the road behind. Standard features include a 3D surround camera system and driver monitoring, as well as adaptive cruise control. Jaguar’s Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) ensures that the E-Pace stays connected and can be upgraded wirelessly.
The updated Jaguar E-Pace will be offered in three trim levels: P250, P250 SE and 300 Sport. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder comes standard along with a 9-speed automatic transmission, but power output varies.
While the P250 and P250 SE produce 246 horsepower, the 300 Sport boosts that to 296 horsepower, with the latter using mild hybrid technology. All models are equipped with four-wheel drive, but the 300 Sport has an Active Driveline AWD system that can distribute torque to the rear wheels. Jaguar claims the chassis architecture has been updated and new engine mounts have improved throttle response. The increased rigidity of the front suspension attachment points was noted.
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