• Upgraded interior features new Pivi Pro infotainment.
• New three-cylinder petrol PHEV provides all-electric range of up to 55km.
• Jaguar's Pivi Pro dual-sim setup is accessed through an all-new 11.4-inch HD curved-glass touchscreen.
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Jaguar South Africa's new E-Pace has finally touched down in the country. The E-Pace is the smallest SUV in Jaguar's portfolio, slotting in below the F-Pace and all-electric I-Pace. The new SUV features 'Double J' daytime running lights, but these can optionally be changed to Pixel LED technology, says the automaker. The E-Pace's grille is also new and features a contemporary Noble Chrome finish, while new side fender vents feature the iconic Leaper emblem.
The rear bumper now features a mesh insert that sits between the integrated tailpipes that are standard with four-cylinder petrol engines. All other engine derivatives gain new slim horizontal blade finishers. When specified in R-Dynamic trim, the new E-Pace features a series of performance-focused design elements. At the same time, all models are available with the additional Black Exterior Pack with bespoke elements finished in Narvik Black.
Inside, the new E-Pace features an 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen. This screen plays home to Jaguar's new Pivi Pro infotainment system. The screen is three times brighter and 48% larger than the previous screen. Simplified menu structures allow drivers to access or view up to 90% of common tasks from the homescreen in two taps or less.
To enable almost instantaneous start-up, Pivi Pro has its dedicated power source, so navigation is ready as soon as the driver is behind the wheel, while the embedded apps available provide full functionality even without your smartphone. Further connected features include Google and Microsoft Outlook calendar integration enabling the driver to view work diaries and even join important calls through the hands-free system.
Chemically strengthened, the glass screen features two coatings: anti-glare and a second, which resists fingerprints.
The driver-focused interior also provides more accessible access to the larger storage area in front of the new Drive Selector that houses a 15W wireless device charger. Jaguar says that driver touchpoints around the cluster are now wrapped in soft-touch materials while the knee side contact area has been sculpted to provide improved luxury and comfort.
A new Drive Selector is lower and wider and features an upper section finished with 'cricket ball stitching.
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A 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine powers several of the new E-Pace models. It has a 33kg weight saving over the equivalent four-cylinder engine, and is available with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology.
In the P300e PHEV, the total power outputs for the powertrain is 227kW/540Nm (147kW from the engine + 80kW from an electric motor on the rear axle). 0-100km/h is cleared in 6.5 seconds, says Jaguar, but fuel consumption is as low as 2.0-litres/100km. The P300e PHEV can drive up to 55km on electric power alone.
The D200 is powered by a 147kW/430Nm 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. The next engine is a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, available in two states of tune: 184kW/365Nm in the P250, and 221kW/400Nm in the P300 Sport. The P300 has a top speed of 241km/h and will run from 0-100km/h in 6.9sec.
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 P300 Sport apart.
New E-Pace pricing:
E-Pace R-Dynamic S D200 R868 000
E-Pace R-Dynamic SE D200 R898 600
E-Pace R-Dynamic HSE D200 R938 800
E-Pace R-Dynamic S P250 R927 500
E-Pace R-Dynamic SE P250 R958 100
E-Pace R-Dynamic HSE P250 R998 300
E-Pace R-Dynamic S P300e R1 165 500
E-Pace R-Dynamic SE P300e R1 196 100
E-Pace R-Dynamic HSE P300e R1 236 300
E-Pace 300 SPORT P300 R1 046 900