THE F-PACE HAS BEEN A phenomenal Jaguar, even winning the World Car of the Year recently. The baby F-Pace, christened the E-Pace was revealed in London recently and is expected to go against bigwigs such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, although it is slotted slightly higher than the two. Based on Land Rover’s D8 platform which is shared with the Discovery Sport and Evoque, Jaguar has shopped for the best ingredients from JLR’s basket, in terms of the chassis components. It gets an integral link suspension at the rear along with electronic trickery (on selected variants) to control throttle and chassis settings, as per the driver’s choice. Torque vectoring will be added as an option on top end models. Adaptive dynamic packages will also be offered across the range with driving modes such as Normal, Dynamic, Eco, Rain, Ice and Snow. Alterations to the steering, driveline, gearshift, and throttle will be tailor made, according to the driving mode selected.
Powering the E-Pace range will be the 2-litre Ingenium diesel and petrol units in different states of tune with power outputs ranging between 148bhp (diesel) and 296bhp (petrol). You can have the SUV with either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed ZF auto box. Drivetrains include front-wheel drive, permanent all-wheel drive and Active Driveline on the top-of-the-line petrol which can synergise the torque to the rear axle.
Jaguar is betting on the success temperatures ranging between 48 degrees and -48 degrees. In a first of its kind test the engineers drove the car in a pool with depth of 0.5m and stopped the car. The engine was switched off while the team headed out for lunch. After an hour, the car was driven out of the water without any hiccups. Not just that, the E-Pace was put to pace on the track, with more than 400 laps of distance around the Nurburgring. 500 engineers clocked more than 1.2 lakh hours to ensure reliability. The E-Pace looks to be another promising product from the British carmaker as it marks its global footprint in new territories. The i-Pace, Jaguar’s electric SUV is expected to debut in 2018 in global markets.