JAGUAR has a new baby SUV called the E-Pace. Don’t go confusing it with the incoming all-electric i-Pace SUV, this model range has conventional combustion engines under the bonnet.
Prices for the E-Pace are set to start at $48,000 plus on-road costs when the car arrives in Q2 next year, according to the manufacturer.
The top of the line models are expected to set you back $85,000. There are five different engines available, however it remains unclear how many will arrive in Australia.
The economy choice is the AWD D150 diesel. It has 110kW and 380Nm. Next is the D180 diesel, which has 132kW and 430Nm. The top of the range diesel is the D240 with 177kW and 500Nm.
Two petrol engines are available, the first being the P250 with 183kW and 365Nm. The top of the E-Pace range is likely to be the P300, which has 221kW and 400Nm, making it a rival to the Audi RS Q3.
The D240 and P300 models get all-wheel drive, with a trick rear differential to assist in slippery conditions. Each car will have multiple driving modes, along with a touch screen infotainment unit.
The 1280x542 pixel screen can be split to show two different functions at the same time.
Boot space is an impressive 484 litres, and the rear compartment is one of the widest in the class.
It’s likely that demand will outstrip initial supply for the E-Pace, so you might need to act fast if you want your name on the list for the first imports.