UPDATED JAGUAR E-PACE LEAPS INTO MZANSI

The Jaguar E-PACE is the brand’s compact SUV in a range of three, which consists of the big F-PACE and full-electric I-PACE. First Launched in Mzansi in 2018, the E-PACE is in a growing segment where compact, premium SUVs are favoured by the buying public. In fact, in many markets around the world, the car has become Jaguar’s best-selling model. Therefore this new updated model enters the market on the back of proven success, and is aiming build on that.

Part of the update involved changing the looks in order to revitalise the E-PACE. As such, we see new LED headlights with that double J daylight running light signature graphic, animated directional indicators (model dependent), and I-PACE inspired rear LED lights.

The side profile reveals a sporty stance, with the two window lines dancing together from the A to the C-pillar where they re-converge to form a leafy, some might say blade, shape. One cannot help but recognise the sporty F-Type Coupe in that. Wheel sizes range from 19 to 21-inches. Importantly the Black Exterior Pack can be specified, which gives the car sporty Narvik Black features like the grille surround, side vents and rear badging. While at the rear we see a new mesh insert between the tailpipes in the 4-cylinder models, while the rest get new slim horizontal blade finishers.

Jaguar has also improved interior appointments by a few notches. This is evident in a number of areas. For example, a number of driver touch points now use softer but sturdier materials. A new gear selector is finished in “cricket ball” stitching, with a premium metal at its base.

Of course the new infotainment system is a major highlight. It features a large 28.9cm touch curved glass high definition (HD) touch screen with two coatings; one is anti-glare and the other is fingerprint resistant. Durable premium. Another outstanding feature is the Cabin Air Ionisation which uses nanotechnology to purify the interior air quality.

In Mzansi we have four engine models available, namely the D200, P250, P300 and P300e in different trim levels. The D200 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel motor producing 147kW and 430Nm of torque. It has a 0 – 100km/h sprint time of 8.4 seconds and averages 7 litres per 100km in fuel consumption. The P250 is petrol-powered through a 2.0-litre turbo engine worth 184kW and 365Nm. The sprint time is 7.5 seconds and averages 9.7 litres per 100km. A step higher is the P300 with 221kW and 400Nm, a sprint time of 6.9 seconds and the same fuel average as the P250.

Completely new to the E-PACE range is the range-topping P300e Plug-in Hybrid based on a 1.5-litre turbo engine and an 80kW Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) motor. The ERAD motor is powered by a 15kWh lithium-ion battery located under the boot floor. Total system output is 227kW and 540Nm of torque. The lower-end models come standard with a 9-speed automatic, while the P300e is fitted with an 8-speed transmission. The P300e can run from 0 – 100km/h in 6.5 seconds, returning 2 litres per 100km, thanks in part to the 55km full electric range. The entire range comes with all-wheel-drive (AWD).

With the launch of the new updated E-PACE, Jaguar is truly setting the cat among the proverbial pigeons. By upping quality and packing in a raft of new features, the range is asking some pertinent questions of its competitors.

E-PACE Prices

R-Dynamic S D200 – R868 000

R-Dynamic SE D200 – R898 600

R-Dynamic HSE D200 – R938 800

R-Dynamic S P250 – R927 500

R-Dynamic SE P250 – R958 100

R-Dynamic HSE P250 – R998 300

R-Dynamic S P300e – R1 165 500

R-Dynamic SE P300e – R1 196 100

R-Dynamic HSE P300e  – R1 236 300

SPORT P300 – R1 046 900

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