Jaguar Announces New, Compact E-Pace SUV for 2018
Teaser Image Presages World Reveal in July
Jaguar will add a new crossover to its lineup in 2018, the compact E-Pace. Slated to go on sale early next year, the E-Pace will start at $38,600, undercutting the larger F-Pace by more than $3,000.
Jaguar nomenclature suggests the E-Pace is based on similar architecture as the all-new XE compact sport sedan—though that so-called iQ platform is shared with the XF and F-Pace as well. As such, expect the E-Pace’s construction to be very aluminum-intensive, and there should be a variety of Jaguar Land Rover Ingenium engines under the hood. The 180hp 2.0L turbodiesel I-4 will likely be the base engine, with a 240hp turbocharged gasoline I-4 of the same displacement available as well. It’s also possible Jaguar’s 3.0L supercharged V-6 will show up in the E-Pace, which would give it brisk performance given its more compact size relative to the F-Pace.
Jaguar will reveal the E-Pace at an event July 13, which will be streamed live online. It will join the F-Pace in showrooms next year, just before a production version of the all-electric I-Pace SUV concept is revealed. A robust crossover lineup will help Jaguar capture a larger slice of the luxury-vehicle market, although the brand has made it clear in the past that it isn’t targeting massive sales, instead happy to provide its owners with a unique, likeable product with more personality than other luxury vehicles.
Nevertheless, the E-Pace, F-Pace, and I-Pace will do a lot to put Jaguar in the minds of luxury buyers, and we’re sure dealers are happy that within a year, they’ll have three Jag crossovers to market to potential buyers.