The cat is back! Jaguar's new E-Pace will arrive in SA during 2021's first half

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• New Jaguar E-Pace will arrive locally in 2021.

• Top model will be powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.

• E-Pace slots in below F-Pace in Jaguar's SUV hierarchy.

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Jaguar has revealed its new SA-bound E-Pace that is due in South Africa in the first half of 2021. The new E-Pace line-up will consist of four models, comprising three petrol and one diesel. The top model in the range, the P300e, will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that's mated to an electric battery.

The P300e PHEV (Petrol Hybrid Electric Vehicle) combines the 147kW petrol engine with an 80kW Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) motor. Total system output is 227kW, allowing the SUV to go from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds while boasting with a fuel economy from as low as 2.0-litres/100km. CO2 emissions are as low as 44g/km, according to Jaguar.

The compact ERAD motor is powered by a 15kWh lithium-ion battery located under the boot floor. When fully charged it provides up to 55km of all-electric range.

Jaguar E-Pace

2021 Jaguar E-Pace (MotorPress)

Rest of the range

The E-Pace D200 implements a turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 147kW and 430Nm. Jaguar says that thanks to a raft of modifications, the engine now delivers finer control of fuel into the cylinders, which optimises fuel efficiency.

The turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine is available in two states of tune: 184kW/365Nm  (P250) and 221kW/400Nm (P300).

The new range-topping P300 Sport can clear 0-100km/h in 6.9sec. The automaker says that it features a selection of the latest technologies for enhanced performance, including Active Damping, Adaptive Dynamics, Active Driveline and Configurable Dynamics.

Jaguar E-Pace

2021 Jaguar E-Pace (MotorPress)

More on P300

Available in all exterior colours, the P300 features 20-inch five-spoke Diamond-turned with Black accent wheels, Black Exterior Pack and a powered tailgate. On the inside, illuminated Jaguar treadplates, Meridian Audio, Ebony Suedecloth headlining and R-Dynamic Taurus Sports seats in Ebony, Cloud or Deep Garnet all help to set the 300 Sport apart.

Customers can choose from S, SE, and HSE trim levels in R-Dynamic specification. Optional on all models is the Black Exterior Pack. Also available is the new 300 Sport specification.

Pricing and specification for the new Jaguar E-Pace range will be made available closer to the launch.

Jaguar E-Pace

2021 Jaguar E-Pace P300e PHEV (MotorPress)

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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