Jaguar, known for its sporty coupes and sedans, had made a debut into SUV territory last year with the launch of their first ever SUV, the F-Pace. The British car maker has now expanded its SUV line-up with the introduction of the E-Pace, a compact luxury SUV, positioned below the F-Pace. Jaguar has always had the extra bit of ‘awwness” in their car which made them stand apart from others. Jaguar is known for its luxury segment cars competing against Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Volvo. It is always difficult to out number the German trio but Jaguar has immensely pushed their limits and have grown to an extent where they can be named against these giants of the automobile industry. The British automaker is also seen as a benchmark for many upcoming brands. After the acquisition of Jaguar and Land Rover by TATA, it has now become an Indian automaker with TATA becoming its parent company. With this acquisition Jaguar has immensely grown in the past 10 years with sales level increasing by a healthy margin in ASIA.
It’s been a year since the F-Pace was launched in India and the response has been great for Jaguar. The F-Pace was the first and only SUV for jaguar till date but now they have come up with a more affordable SUV called the E-Pace which is based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport/ Evoque platform which has been developed using the lightweight aluminium infused architecture making it a complete stunner. Jaguar has put a lot of R&D for the car and have not let an inch of margin wrong. As it is positioned below the F-pace it won't get all the fancy goodies of the F-pace and mainly it will miss on space as it is smaller than the F-Pace from all angles.
The E-Pace is totally a stunning car from outside mainly because the design is inspired from the F-Pace which is another bomb shell of a car. It gets the typical large oval mesh grille with the cat-eyed headlamps sitting on the front. The high bonnet, flared wheel arches and a tall stance give it the muscle while staying true to its sporty Jaguar heritage. From the rear it is a total carbon copy of the F-pace just an inch smaller in size. The whole jaguar family design stays glued to the car in all sides. There is a huge panoramic sunroof on top with a shark-fin antenna for a stylish appeal. The E-Pace measures puts it in the compact SUV range competing against Volvo XC40, Audi Q2, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Jeep Compass.
From the inside, the Jaguar E-Pace comes with all the fancies associated with luxury cars. Along with the touchscreen infotainment system, the E-Pace also gets an all-new heads-up display that beams more information to the driver than ever before. Of course, the leather upholstery, separate-zone climate control, sunroof and electrically adjustable seats are all offered on the E-Pace. In terms of safety, there is ABS,EBD,TCS, side and curtain airbags along with a comprehensive electronic stability program making the E-Pace a safe car. Rest of the cabin is again a copy of the F-pace and the F-type with few less gadgets.
Under the hood of the E-Pace, Jaguar will offer both the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines in varied states of tune. The petrol will be offered in the 237bhp and 296bhp versions while the diesel will be offered in the 148bhp, the 177bhp and the 237bhp engine options. An all-wheel drive will be offered on the more powerful versions while the entry-level trims might be offered with rear-wheel drive only.
The E-Pace will be an edge more expensive than its competitors pricing starting at RS.50 lakh mark which may go anywhere till 80 lakh mark (tentative pricing), making it the most expensive car of its segment. The cars in the more premium segment are cheaper than this making it a big disadvantage for Jaguar. Now it is upon Jaguar how smartly they actually price it at launch. The E-Pace is expected to launch anywhere in 2019.