Jaguar E-Pace updated with new engine, suspension and AI tech

Jaguar has broadened its range of engines in the E-Pace with an entry-level 147kW petrol unit that sits below the 185kW and 220kW variants already on sale.

The 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol sends the new entry-level E-Pace to 100km/h in 7.7sec. Top speed has yet to be released, but it’s likely to be around 132mph. Fuel economy is claimed to be 6.8 l/100km, while CO2 is a claimed 186g/km – higher, currently, than the higher-powered variants of the E-Pace, but these will rise once the new WLTP testing system comes into force.

For the first time since its launch last year, the E-Pace will be available with adaptive suspension. Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system, now available on every car 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 inherits Jaguar’s Smart Settings artificially intelligent machine learning system from the I-Pace that can store up to 10 driver profiles. The car detects the driver by their key fob and mobile phone Bluetooth signal, and adjusts accordingly.

Longer term, the E-Pace can even adjust to the driver’s behaviour if a pattern emerges. For example, it will heat the steering wheel in colder weather without prompting if the driver has done this in the same conditions multiple times.

As part of the booming luxury small SUV market, the E-Pace is expected to become Jaguar’s best-selling model. The brand hasn’t yet confirmed what percentage of sales it expects the new entry-level petrol to account for.

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