Jaguar has made huge strides in broadening its U.S. sales in the previous two years, however its volumes are still small compared to those of high-end giants such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Part of Jaguar’s sales success is attributable to the presence of all-wheel drive throughout its variety, which has actually attracted more purchasers in four-season states. The F-Pace crossover has offered like wildfire, showing how important crossover sales are becoming to any car manufacturer’s bottom line, and the more cost effective E-Pace must just continue the momentum.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Platform
You might expect that the architecture that underpins the XE sedan will be reconfigured to support a taller body for E-Pace duty, but that would not be entirely precise. Look carefully at this E-Pace model’s dash-to-axle ratio (how far forward the front wheels are), and you will see that the hood is too stubby to hide a longitudinally installed engine. Instead, the E-Pace likely will ride on a variation of the front-drive-based platform that sits beneath Jaguar Land Rover’s Land Rover Discovery Sport (itself derived from the Range Rover Evoque). This should pay dividends for the E-Pace’s interior packaging, which is a powerlessness in both the larger F-Pace and the XE sedan.
We do not anticipate the chassis design will hinder buyers. Most people looking for compact luxury crossovers aren’t searching for all-out sportiness as much as they are looking for practicality, style, and an elevated seating position. The E-Pace would appear to have style for days, as it’s clear this prototype’s thin layer of camouflage hides some curvy sheetmetal. Slim headlights flank a big, squarish grille opening and sit above aggressive air consumptions, while the tail features the same jaunty kickup beneath a raked back window as the F-Pace. Provided the aggressive roofline, don’t depend on a third-row seat being provided here.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Engine
Like the Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque, the E-Pace will utilize a turbocharged inline-four, most likely plucked from JLR’s brand-new Ingenium engine household. A ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission will be standard and help draw out the most from whatever engine Jaguar selects; all-wheel drive, naturally, will be consisted of.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Release Date and Price
Jaguar will expose the production E-Pace sometime early in 2017 prior to putting it on sale by year’s end. If the E-Pace’s competitors is any indicator, its rates will start in the low-to-mid-$30,000 range.