After making a successful foray into the world of SUVs with the F-Pace, Jaguar seems to be working overtime to expand its utility vehicle portfolio. It was just a couple of months ago that Coventry showed off its all-electric SUV, the I-Pace in concept form at the Los Angeles motor show. Now, our spy snapper has spotted the smaller E-Pace crossover cold weather testing in production ready form. Although we have seen a test mule wearing a Range Rover Evoque body earlier, this is the first time that we have seen the E-Pace in production garb.
Although it’s heavily camouflaged, we can clearly see its profile, which looks similar to that of the F-Pace but slightly smaller in proportions. It looks sportier still with a sloping roofline, and a more coupe-like rear. Obviously set to slot below the F-Pace and with sights set on the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3, the E-Pace will be underpinned by Jaguar Land Rover’s LR-MS platform, which will also be used in the next-generation Range Rover Evoque.
Power is likely to come from a range of turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pots from Jaguar’s new Ingenium family of engines, all mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All trims are expected to come with all-wheel drive as standard. There could also be a petrol-electric hybrid somewhere down the line.
We expect the Jaguar E-Pace to be shown at one of the motor shows in the latter half of this year and to be launched globally sometime later this year or early next year as a 2018 model.