New Jaguar E-Pace SUV revealed in full

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The 2018 E-PACE, which will be available next year, joins the hot-selling midsize Jaguar F-PACE and electric I-PACE in Jaguar's portfolio.

The Jaguar E-PACE is expected to allow Jaguar to better capitalize on the SUV craze that has swept across the automotive landscape.

"It allows Jaguar Land Rover to offer its customers even more exciting new vehicles, to protect against currency fluctuations and to build a globally competitive business".

The E-Pace will be offered with a range of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines with power outputs from a 148bhp diesel to a 296bhp petrol with a torque spread between 269 to 369lb ft of depending on the engine's power output.

There are two engines at launch, in a total of five states of tune. Initially, it will be available with 1.0 and 1.6-litre petrol engines, while a 1.6-litre diesel will be added to the range next summer. While not available at launch, an optional Configurable Dynamics package will include adaptive dampers with driver-adjustable settings.

A central cubby between the E-Pace's front seats will take a one-litre bottle of water laid flat, while Jaguar says the 10.5-litre door bins "dwarf those typically found in compact SUVs".

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It gives a strong sporty look, but it's not too dissimilar to the latest iterations of Nissan's rival auto, but we have to say that we love the angular overhang of the boot, which is distinctly different, with Jaguar taking some cues from the F-Type. He points to the F-Type-like headlamps and the extended swooping roofline, as well as the short overhangs and muscular wheel haunches.

Ahead of the reveal, Jaguar has released a teaser image (below) that shows the design of the car's rear lights. The E-Pace R-Dynamic, which rocks a set of sportier design cues inside and out - including gloss black trim, sport seats and a more aggressive front bumpers - also packs a 2.0-liter I4, but it puts out 296 horsepower, which is a modest bump. A First Edition trim will be exclusively available for the first full model year with its own exterior colors and distinctive 20-inch wheels, among other things. Jaguar sports vehicle DNA is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic. The idea of taking the front end of F-Type and applying it to a compact SUV was one of several ideas we tried, but we liked the challenge of it.

Part of an SUV's raison d'etre is its ability to accommodate luggage and passengers easily and Jaguar is promising the E-Pace will deliver in this field. Indeed, the company just debuted its latest, the E-Pace, in London.

Every model comes standard with a 10.0-inch touchscreen using the latest iteration of Jaguar Land Rover's corporate InTouch Pro infotainment system. High-power audio, ambient lighting, a head-up display, and up to five USB ports can be specified, as can a power-operated, gesture-controlled tailgate and in-car data service, as well as navigation. There's loads more to tell, so expect to hear more on the E-Pace soon.

The all-new E-PACE arrives in USA showrooms in early 2018 with a starting price of $38,600.

Lane-keeping assistance, driver fatigue detection, traffic-sign recognition, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot warning and a system that detects oncoming traffic when pulling out of junctions are among the available safety systems, while a bonnet airbag will help protect pedestrians should the worst happen. The R-Dynamic version begins at $48,245.

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