History does repeat itself in majestic ways! Remember when Phil Collins sang about "feeling it coming" in his 1981 song? Then The Weekend sang about it last year, and we knew we had it coming all along. It is finally here, the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace SUV, the F-Pace's kid brother. Jaguar is not the type that misses out on an opportunity to produce crossovers. This time we will not be reluctant to give it an outstretched arm, we are thinking both arms actually. There is a great deal of inevitability that this crossover carries; it's from a British company that has long been a symbol of status and style. The 2018 E-Pace boasts of a thrilling drive and swagger that is only attributable to a Jag. Not only is this crossover a practical car, but it is also built with a touch of luxury that will have you nodding in agreement. If you fancy a sporty drive through some curvy mountain roads on a sleek SUV, come with us.
How's the exterior?
The Jaguar E-pace has an exterior design that resembles a Cayenne's. It is just as striking as the rest of the Jaguar line-up. It sports an oval grille, vertical headlights and a sleek roof that blends softly into the tail, giving the E-Pace some resemblance to the F-Type Coupe. The presence of Jaguar's new chicane details in the tail lights and on the doors panels coupled with a sculpted rear fender only go further into enhancing the beauty of this crossover. The R-Dynamic model looks even more fierce with large air intakes at the front bumper, which reminds us of the XF S.
Is it beautiful in the inside?
The interior of the E-Pace looks walks and talks like a sports cars. It is evidently driver-centered, but it also leaves good room and comfort for the front passenger just across the center console. At the middle of the console is an electronic gear shifter, this is unlike the F-Pace's rotary dial. Jaguar has opted for aluminum pieces as opposed to giving the car some wood finish on the dash and they are doing a good job at giving it the desired modern look. The door panels and upper dash are covered with soft-touch material. While the exterior says "smaller F-Pace," the roomier backseat of the E-Pace says "bigger Evoque."
How's the Tech?
Standard with all models is the newest iteration of Jaguar Land Rover's corporate InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with the option of a 4G LTE Wi-Fi package, four power outlets, and 2 USB ports. Out of the four 12-volt power outlets, three are located at the rear of the center console and can also be used as USB ports. The lack of Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay does not sound like music to anyone's ears, and we'll be hoping to see a better deal here.
What powers the E-Pace?
Jaguar seems to live dangerously when it comes to choosing names for their cars. Not to be confused with the I-Pace, the E-pace prefers gasoline to electrons for its nourishment. It is available with two versions of a 2.0-liter inline-4 Ingenium powerhouse. The base engine produces 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque while the more powerful version makes 296 hp and 295 lb-ft, it is only available with the R-Dynamic model of this Jag. Both engines are mated to a 9-speed ZF automatic transmission that delivers power to the wheels depending on the all-wheel driving system in place.
How much does the E-Pace cost?
The E-Pace starts at $39,595 for the base model while the R-Dynamic starts at $48,295. The First edition is at the top of the food chain with an MSRP of $54,545. This makes the E-Pace pricier than rivals such as the X1 and Lexus NX.