Currently reading: 2020 Jaguar E-Pace: major update brings new platform, PHEV option
Compact SUV gets a cutting-edge line-up, with both mild and plug-in models added
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28 October 2020

Jaguar’s updated range is now complete with the unveiling of the revised-for-2020 E-Pace. Far from being just a facelift, the small SUV has moved to a new platform to allow it to accommodate both mild-hybrid and plug-in powertrains.

The 2020 E-Pace follows on from the recently overhauled XE, XF and F-Pace, with the F-Type updated last year. The revisions here are arguably more extensive, though, as the old Ford-related D8 platform has been ditched for Jaguar Land Rover’s newer PTA platform. It’s the same change that the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque made in 2019.

Jaguar claims the new underpinnings benefit handling, ride and overall refinement thanks to improved suspension attachment stiffness. But the main purpose has been to transform the powertrain offerings.

Six of the seven new engines are hybridised. Only the fleet-focused front-wheel-drive, manual 161bhp diesel entry point isn’t. That same unit in nine-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive form receives an efficiency-boosting 48V mild-hybrid system, with the small lithium ion battery mounted under the boot floor. A 201bhp version of that powertrain is also available.

The most significant petrol addition is the plug-in hybrid model. It mates a 197bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine with a 107bhp electric rear axle motor and 15kWh battery under the boot floor. Jaguar claims a 0-60mph time of 6.1sec (making it the fastest-accelerating E-Pace available), CO2 emissions of 44g/km and up to 141mpg. Claimed range on a full charge is 34 miles.

Three other petrol offerings are based around a mild-hybrid 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, with outputs of 197bhp, 246bhp and 296bhp. All are auto and all-wheel drive only. The PHEV has eight speeds, while the others receive nine.

The all-wheel drive is a new-generation on-demand system that can disengage the rear axle during steady cruising to boost efficiency. However, the 296bhp P300 Sport model uses an Active Driveline set-up, which, as well as distributing torque front to rear, can also direct up to 100% of torque to either rear wheel in as little as 0.1sec. Further dynamic changes include a new automatic Adaptive Surface Response mode for the Drive Control system.

Inside, the revisions mirror those of other 2020 Jaguars. A new electrical architecture enables the fitting of the latest connected tech, including the Pivi Pro infotainment system, which is standard on every model with an 11.4in HD touchscreen. It’s 48% larger and three times brighter than the old screen, Jaguar says, and has simplified menus and quicker loading times from start-up. Along with a variety of the latest connected services, it includes two LTE modems to carry out multiple streaming/ downloading functions at the same time and can update its software over the air. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

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Alongside Pivi Pro is a new 12.3in driver screen and enhanced head-up display. There’s also a new cabin air ionisation system to filter out allergens and particulates. Further tech includes a new-generation Activity Key, the firm’s ClearSight camera-based rear-view mirror system, a multi-function 3D surround camera and enhanced driver monitoring. Extensive trim, upholstery and detail upgrades also feature.

External alterations are less obvious. However, there are revised bumpers and grilles, new wing vents and LED headlights across the range, with a more advanced pixel system on higher trims. At the rear, there are also I-Pace-inspired LED rear lights.

The full range is available to order now: prices start from £32,575 for the new E-Pace, an increase of £2000 over the old, less powerful diesel entry-level engine, with the newly added P300 Sport petrol from £47,545. The plug-in hybrid P300e is available from £45,995, rising to £50,860 for the flagship trim level.

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Andrew1 28 October 2020

Still bleah

Still bleah

Pietro Cavolonero 28 October 2020

Is it still as heavy as an F-Pace?

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Ski Kid 28 October 2020

JLR are missing a sales trick

Most of the basic cars cost over £40k it used to be if you wanted an Auto Evoque ,Disco Sport of E pace and dispensed with metallic paint  you could scrap under the thresh hold for the extra ved tax of over £1500 for next 5 years,just a point that annoys me,know wonder Merc Audi and  BmW sell so many when they nudge under this. Perhaps they should drop the profit margin by 10% then pay them a comission on selling ,there must be a way around it.

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