Jaguar has made substantial strides in broadening its U.S. sales in the previous 2 years, but its volumes are still tiny compared to those of high-end giants such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Part of Jaguar’s sales success is attributable to the existence of all-wheel drive throughout its variety, which has drawn in more buyers in four-season states. The F-Pace crossover has offered like wildfire, proving how vital crossover sales are becoming to any automaker’s bottom line, and the more affordable E-Pace should just continue the momentum.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Platform
You may expect that the architecture that underpins the XE sedan will be reconfigured to support a taller body for E-Pace task, however that wouldn’t be entirely precise. Look carefully at this E-Pace model’s dash-to-axle ratio (how far forward the front wheels are), and you will see that the hood is too stubby to hide a longitudinally installed engine. Instead, the E-Pace likely will ride on a variation of the front-drive-based platform that sits beneath Jaguar Land Rover’s Land Rover Discovery Sport (itself derived from the Range Rover Evoque). This must pay dividends for the E-Pace’s interior product packaging, which is a powerlessness in both the larger F-Pace and the XE sedan.
We don’t anticipate the chassis design will hinder purchasers. Most people buying compact high-end crossovers aren’t searching for all-out sportiness as much as they are looking for usefulness, design, and an elevated seating position. The E-Pace would appear to have design for days, as it’s clear this model’s thin layer of camouflage hides some curvaceous sheetmetal. Slim headlights flank a big, squarish grille opening and sit above aggressive air consumptions, while the tail features the exact same jaunty kickup underneath a raked back window as the F-Pace. Provided the aggressive roofline, do not depend on a third-row seat being offered here.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Engine
Like the Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque, the E-Pace will utilize a turbocharged inline-four, most likely plucked from JLR’s new Ingenium engine family. A ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission will be standard and help extract the most from whatever engine Jaguar selects; all-wheel drive, naturally, will be included.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Release Date and Price
Jaguar will expose the production E-Pace at some point early in 2017 before putting it on sale by year’s end. If the E-Pace’s competition is any indicator, its pricing will start in the low-to-mid-$30,000 range.
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