Jaguar updates the E-Pace with a new platform and new powertrains

A plug-in hybrid is now part of the lineup
by Tom Harrison | Oct 28, 2020
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The ‘new’ Jaguar E-Pace might look almost identical to the car it replaces, but underneath, it really is properly new. Honest. Jaguar has, at no doubt great expense and with some difficulty, re-engineered its littlest crossover to sit on the same ‘Premium Transverse Architecture’ platform as the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

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Why? Because said platform can accommodate batteries and electric motors, while the old E-Pace’s underpinnings (shared with the last-gen Evoque) could not. So, the new Jag gets JLR’s latest four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, all of which (with the exception of the base-spec FWD diesel) get all-wheel drive, a nine-speed automatic gearbox, and mild-hybrid tech.

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There will also be a plug-in hybrid, which marries a 1.5-litre three-cylinder gasoline engine with a small electric motor powering the rear axle. Jag claims 0-60mph (97kph) in 6.1sec—making it the fastest E-Pace—44g/km of CO2, 60km/L, and 55km of electric range. We’ve just tried this powertrain in the Evoque and the Disco Sport, and are pleased to report it’s quite good.

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What else is new? Not much on the outside—mainly a new grille, bumpers, and LED headlamps and taillights. Inside, the newness is more obvious thanks to the 11.4-inch touchscreen running JLR’s latest ‘Pivi Pro’ infotainment system with over-the-air updates. There’s also a new climate control system that cleans up the air before it circulates it around the cabin and a rear-view mirror camera.

Prices start at £32,575 (P2.1 million). Fancy it?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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