OpenRoad Driver Volume 15 Issue 1 - Page 63

Volume 15 Issue 1 » 63 2019 Jaguar E-Pace » Catering to consumer demand, the Jaguar E-Pace is the British brand’s latest entry into the white-hot small luxury crossover market. Joining vehicles such as the BMW X1, the MINI Countryman, and the Lexus NX, the E-Pace is essentially a baby F-Pace at just over 13 inches shorter than its bigger brother. The E-Pace sits in between the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Like the Evoque on which it’s based, the E-Pace’s chassis consists of struts up front and a multilink rear suspension. Power comes from Jaguar’s Ingenium engine family courtesy of a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine producing 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Step up to the R-Dynamic models which are tuned up to 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The only difference between the two engines is the amount of tuning in the turbo boost. Both powerplants are mated to the corporate ZF nine-speed automatic transmission and are fed through a standard all-wheel- drive system. There is also an optional version dubbed Active Driveline that offers front- and all-wheel-drive functions. The E-Pace’s interior design is clean and simple, exactly what you expect from a modern mass-market Jaguar. Think of it as a higher- up Jaguar XE and you’re not too far off. If you’re looking f ܈\X[\X\X]KHTXH\ؘXB[ܙHZ]XH\HKTXx&\X\X]\H\Y]\YK\^YY[܈Yˈ]\HKTXx&\ K و\XHX\[B\\\][\]]ܜ[ٙ\H NHYX\KTXH\[TԔو