Jaguar E-Pace gets new entry-level 197bhp 2.0 litre petrol engine


Debuted on the all-electric I-PACE, Smart Settings learns the driver's habits and anticipates their needs to make their life easier. Jaguar's Adaptive Dynamics system, now available on every auto in its range bar the XJ, has Normal and Dynamic modes, with the former majoring on comfort and the latter focusing on agility.

The E-Pace is the entry-level SUV in Jaguar's global lineup.

The Jaguar E-Pace hasn't been on sale that long, but already it's getting updates.

Jaguar has added a new smaller petrol engine to its E-Pace line-up, as well as a host of other technologies. The auto detects the driver by their key fob and mobile phone Bluetooth signal, and adjusts accordingly. 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. If trends and algorithms can be observed - the auto being started at a particular time each day, for example - it allows the vehicle to be tailored automatically to such conditions.

The Predictive Call List feature learns patterns of phone use to suggest calling certain people in your phonebook at a certain time. This provides greater scope to tune the balance between handling responses and body control.

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The Jaguar E-Pace is available to order now, priced from £28,500. The set-up delivers faster responses and a dedicated off-road tune. This suspension monitors vehicle movements every two milliseconds and calculates the required damping force every 10 milliseconds. Normal mode focuses on comfort while Dynamic is calibrated to provide increased body control and road holding.

The newly available engine is a 200hp 2.0-litre petrol engine, for which Jaguar estimates combined fuel economy of 34.4mpg, Carbon dioxide emissions of 186g/km, and a 0-60mph acceleration time of 7.7 seconds.

Although adaptive suspension isn't new to Jaguar, it wasn't available with the E-Pace when it was launched previous year.

The new engine features the same collection of advanced technologies found across the rest of the Ingenium engine family. The filters are integrated into the after-treatment system and trap ultrafine particulates as the exhaust gases pass through.