Jaguar E-Pace range updated with new engine and AI tech

Donna Miller
June 14, 2018

Now Jaguar's making it even more tempting with the availability of some new features. The vehicle will then adjust the seat, climate and infotainment system based on the driver's normal preference.

Launched spectacularly via a barrel roll stunt as 2017 was drawing to a close, Jaguar's E-Pace baby SUV gets a new petrol engine, fancy suspension and more tech.

The British brand has announced it will expand the line-up for its little E-Pace luxury SUV, which already features a not so little range of 38 variants. This gizmo does several things - it can sense when the driver is approaching the vehicle by scanning signals from the car's key fob and the user's smartphone and takes steps to adjust the seat, climate controls and infotainment system preferences according to what the driver usually selects.

Over time, this will retain a driver's preferred requirements using algorithms based on time, location, weather and behaviour patterns. So the new cost of admission makes the base E-Pace the cheapest model Jaguar offers, undercutting the £31,505 base price on the XE.

The Predictive Call List feature learns patterns of phone use to suggest calling certain people in your phonebook at a certain time.

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The first of this is adaptive suspension, which is said improve handling response, body control and the ride.

Jaguar says rough surfaces and off-road conditions are also sensed immediately, with the damping responding accordingly.

The 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol sends the new entry-level E-Pace to 60mph in 7.7sec. Normal mode focuses on comfort while Dynamic is calibrated to provide increased body control and road holding.

It allows the auto to sprint from 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds, delivers fuel economy of 34.4 mpg and 186g/km Carbon dioxide emissions. This includes twin scroll turbocharger, Continuously Variable Valve Lift and variable cam timing which work to enhance power and efficiency as well as drivability. The filters are integrated into the after-treatment system and trap ultrafine particulates as the exhaust gases pass through.

The Jaguar E-PACE is available to order at United Kingdom retailers now priced from £28,500. In a gasoline engine, under normal driving conditions, the trapped soot will be oxidised into Carbon dioxide and the filter regenerated whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator.

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