What happens when you pinch a Jaguar F-Pace from the side? You get the E-Pace, that’s what.
Intended as a smaller and, to some eyes, more stylish alternative to the midsize F-Pace crossover, the E-Space couldn’t come at a better time for Jaguar to capitalize on the high-profit, ever-growing SUV segment. It draws on Jaguar’s latest design language, featuring short front and rear overhangs despite being a front-wheel drive vehicle, teardrop side windows, muscular tapered haunches and LED headlights that all clearly inspired by the rear-wheel drive F-Type sports car.
The interior looks more like that of the F-Type than the F-Pace’s, which is to say it has a sports car theme. Highlights include a 10-inch touchscreen that comes standard, serving as gateway to most infotainment functions. Also standard is Jaguar’s InControl Remote & Protect system, which automatically alerts emergency services in case of an accident and lets the driver use his / her smartphone or smartwatch to check fuel levels and mileage remotely.
Buyers can get 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices at an extra cost, in addition to many other premium features.
The E-Space’s chassis employs an integral link rear suspension system similar to the one used by the F-Pace, while the front suspension components are said to be tuned for a ‘connected’ steering feel. Roll angles are minimized thanks in part to stiff bushings and anti-roll bars.
Powering the E-Space are two of Jaguar Land Rover’s 2.0-liter Ingenium engines, with entry-level models making 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96km) in 6.6 seconds, and higher trims pack 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet for a quicker acceleration time of 5.9 seconds and maximum speed of 152 mph.
Both engines are mated to a nine-speed ZF transmission that channels power to a standard all-wheel drive or, optionally, an Active Driveline system that can split nearly all available torque to the front or rear axles.