First prototypes have been spotted undergoing road testing in disguise outside the maker’s development facilities in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The images don’t reveal much, but given what's covered up, we can expect a lightly reshaped grille and new lights at both the front and rear.
The grille-mounted front sensors appear to have been modified, too, suggesting Jaguar will introduce a more advanced array of driver assistance technology in the new model.
The interior is likely to be upgraded as well, but don’t expect the same significant overhaul as the 2019 XE saloon. For starters, the E-Pace already has Jaguar's latest gear selector design and rotary dial climate controls, but we could still see material upgrades and a new generation of intotainment system introduced.
Don’t expect significant changes to the engine range, either. The current crop of two diesels (available in front or four-wheel drive and with a manual or automatic gearbox) and two four-wheel-drive petrols aren’t exactly old hat, but the range could be slimmed down in order to reduce complexity, as with the XE.
A Jaguar spokesman told Autocar that the facelifted E-Pace would be launched next year. We expect the older XE and F-Pace to be updated first, as the E-Pace only launched in 2018, so the latter will likely arrive near the end of the year.