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Jaguar E-Pace facelift includes new plug-in hybrid

6 Jaguar E-Pace facelift

Jaguar has updated the E-Pace with a mild-facelift, new interior and more efficient powertrains.

The most notable change for fleet customers is the introduction of JLR’s three-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine, the P300e, which has 309PS and low CO2 emissions of 44g/km.

A new interior gives the E-Pace a boost in quality, introducing touch controls, a larger infotainment screen with Jaguar’s latest Pivi Pro software and a new steering wheel.

The exterior retains the E-Pace’s core design, but features aerodynamically improved bumpers, a redesigned grille and new LED headlights.

Andrew Jago, general manager, fleet & business, at Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: "The introduction of Plug-in Hybrid technology to E-Pace further strengthens the appeal of Jaguar to Fleet & Business customers. With PHEV variants of the fully updated E-Pace and F-Pace delivering low cost of ownership and Benefit in Kind tax from just 10%, the Jaguar SUV range is ideally positioned to complement strong fleet demand for the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace."

The new plug-in hybrid E-Pace combines a 1.5-litre petrol engine powering the front wheels with an electric motor in the rear axle. With all-wheel-drive traction, the P300e can accelerate from 0-60 in 6.1 seconds, yet attracts 10% Benefit-in-kind tax.

A 15kWh battery, mounted beneath the boot floor, gives a 34-mile range.

Jaguar has also introduced a trio of mild-hybrid petrol engines, delivering 200PS, 249PS and 300PS, offered alongside two new mild-hybrid diesels.

They all use a nine-speed automatic gearbox and have all-wheel-drive. An entry-level front-wheel-drive diesel model with 163PS and a manual gearbox is also available. CO2 emissions range from 158g/km to 218g/km.

At the heart of the E-Pace’s new interior is an 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen, which controls the new Pivi Pro infotainment system. The revised setup has been designed to be more intuitive and includes connected services for media, traffic information and over-the-ar-software updates.

There have also been significant updates to the body architecture of the new E-Pace to deliver enhanced dynamics, comfort and convenience.

All E-Pace models have Jaguar Drive Control featuring Comfort, Eco, Rain-Ice-Snow (on FWD models) and Dynamic modes, which can be chosen manually by the driver based on the road conditions. The settings, selected through a toggle switch next to the all-new Drive Selector, adapt the car’s steering, transmission, throttle and (when specified) Adaptive Damping calibrations.

Additionally, new Adaptive Surface Response, which replaces Rain-Ice-Snow mode on all AWD models, automatically determines the most appropriate of three separate settings by monitoring the surface conditions every tenth-of-a-second and reacting within half a second.

The new E-Pace also features Jaguar’s ClearSight Interior Rear View Mirror technology for the first time. The system brings improved convenience by ensuring the driver has an unobstructed view of the road behind. Using a wide angle rear-facing camera, the system feeds images to a high-definition screen within the frameless rear view mirror; unhindered by tall rear passengers, poor light or rain on the rear screen.

Prices have increased by around £2,000 and now start at £32,575. The E-Pace range is offered in S, SE and HSE trim levels and all are available in R-Dynamic specification. 

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