Five-seat baby SUV is set to take on the likes of the Audi Q3 with a sub-£30k starting price; second sighting comes from the Arctic Circle

The Jaguar E-Pace baby SUV has been spotted for the second time one week after Autocar posted the first pictures of a full-bodied mule online.

Sitting below the F-Pace and similar in size to the Range Rover Evoque, the five-seat E-Pace will rival models such as the Audi Q3 when it's unveiled in early summer.

The new SUV is set to use the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s steel platform and could be built alongside that model at the brand’s Halewood plant.

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First spotted near JLR’s Gaydon HQ and more recently seen in the Arctic Circle, the E-Pace resembles the F-Pace, with both the grille and roofline reminiscent of those of its larger sibling. It will also feature the latest development of Jaguar’s Incontrol Touch Pro infotainment system and showcase the firm’s improving interior quality.

It is expected to use 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines, which are produced at Jaguar Land Rover’s Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton.

In the Discovery Sport, the 178bhp 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel achieves 0-62mph in 9.9sec and 53.3mpg combined, while the 148bhp diesel records 11.7sec and 57.6mpg. The E-Pace will be lighter than the Discovery Sport, so these figures should improve.

Launching a car in such a fast-growing segment is likely to boost Jaguar’s sales. The F-Pace is the fastest-selling Jaguar yet, and a smaller SUV could do better still.

The new Jaguar is set to be unveiled in May, away from the motor show circuit. It will appear after the anticipated Range Rover Coupé, which is due at the Geneva motor show in March and is set to target the US market, which is key to JLR’s SUV fortunes.

The E-Pace is expected to undercut the Evoque, which starts at £30,600, and will cost significantly less than the F-Pace, priced from £35,020.

A Jaguar spokesman said: “We do not discuss our future product plans, but we are expanding our product ranges. As a result, there are many Jaguar and Land Rover development vehicles being tested at any one time.”

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11 January 2017

£29,999

11 January 2017

To be fair, the Freelander was way too long in the tooth hence why it will be used as a recycled TATA rather then a Jaguar. I'd rather wait a couple of years and build a more modern car. The only things that I would recycle from the Defender is the name.

11 January 2017

Of course a smaller SUV could sell better than the F-Pace! JLR have never understood this. They had the ideal vehicle in the previous Freelander. The new Freelander could have been Mokka-sized, and sold in great numbers. But JLR just kept going bigger and more expensive. If they have finally got the message that a correctly-priced, mid-sized SUV would be fantastic for their income, then great. Electric is the way to go, SUVs are the way to go, mid-size is the way to go. Some of us have been pointing this out for some time.

jer

11 January 2017

Its not the all singing dancing electric only car trailed a month or so ago, but an F pace based on the smaller XE but wasn't that what the F pace was an XE soft roader? so its a smaller version of the same car? Interested what they do with interior perceived quality. Jags are getting panned at the moment for the interiors, where strangely sister company LR seems to be doing a good job.

11 January 2017
jer wrote:

Its not the all singing dancing electric only car trailed a month or so ago, but an F pace based on the smaller XE but wasn't that what the F pace was an XE soft roader? so its a smaller version of the same car? .

No that'll be the I-Pace, a totally different car.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

11 January 2017
jer wrote:

Its not the all singing dancing electric only car trailed a month or so ago, but an F pace based on the smaller XE but wasn't that what the F pace was an XE soft roader? so its a smaller version of the same car? Interested what they do with interior perceived quality. Jags are getting panned at the moment for the interiors, where strangely sister company LR seems to be doing a good job.

All brands are building both gasoline and Electric are simultaneously (remember the i range by BMW).

The F-pace on the other hand is sat between the X3 and X5 in size/price, much like how the F-type is between the Boxster and 911. What they need to do is put another 130mm in between the wheelbase of the F pace so it is the same size as the X5 with clear room for the E Pace to take on the X3.

They then should add 100mm to a F-type to make a proper 911 with a new smaller car to rival the Boxster. Call that model the E-type.s2

11 January 2017

Jag have done a good job at confusing the press. So it seems Jaguar will launch a small SUV this year followed by and electric cross over in 2 years time. Great move, but yes they need to improve their interiors. JLR should have a big year with the new. Discovery, Velar and E Pace. I wonder what Santa will bring next year?

11 January 2017

They won't be able to keep up with demand.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

11 January 2017

Commercially, the addition of this car is absolutely rational - JLR is wringing out the maximum from its investment in its basic platforms. The sad thing (to me anyway) is that this style of car has displaced almost everything else in terms of market demand. Saloons and estates are more dynamically and mechanically efficient and effective. In effect, these 'soft' SUVs are little more than stylised premium hatches which the likes of Jaguar would otherwise never dream of producing.

Bishop

11 January 2017

"golden showers" why not rebadge his to P Face?

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