Jaguar reinvigorates E-PACE SUV for 2021

WITH a refreshed exterior, enhanced interior, the latest Pivi Pro infotainment, new vehicle architecture and a choice of powerful and efficient engines, the new 2021 Jaguar E-PACE is set to be more assertive, connected, refined and efficient than ever.

Inside, customers benefit from the latest Pivi Pro infotainment, which provides intuitive control of the vehicle systems with simplified menus and enhanced connectivity, including Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) updates.

The exterior design of the E-PACE enhancements give Jaguar’s compact performance SUV a more assertive stance and luxurious appearance. At the front the changes include a revised lower aperture incorporating a distinctive blade element.

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A new grille mesh design with diamond detailing is influenced by the Jaguar heritage logo and features a contemporary Noble Chrome finish, while new side fender vents feature the iconic Leaper emblem.

New LED headlights feature ‘Double J’ Daytime Running Light (DRL) signatures, which are available with optional Pixel LED technology, delivering increased resolution and brightness.

Advanced LED technology is fitted to R-Dynamic S models, while Premium LED headlights with Auto High Beam Assist feature on R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE and 300 SPORT.

The technology uses the forward facing camera to automatically switch between high and low beam, to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.

Rear Animated Directional Indicators are standard on all models with front Animated Directional Indicators also fitted to the R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE and 300 SPORT.

At the heart of the new interior is the integrated 11.4 inch curved glass HD touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard, which controls the new Pivi Pro infotainment system.

Chemically strengthened, the glass screen features two coatings, one which is anti-glare and a second which resists fingerprints.

The driver focused interior also provides easier access to the larger stowage area in front of the new Drive Selector that houses the (optional) 15W wireless device charger.

Driver touchpoints around the cluster are now wrapped in soft touch materials while the knee side contact area has been sculpted to provide improved luxury and comfort.

The new Drive Selector, just one of the many beautiful details, is lower and wider and features an upper section finished with ‘cricket-ball’ stitching, the lower part being made of precision engineered metal for enhanced tactility.

A new steering wheel, which is influenced by the design in the all electric I-PACE performance SUV, features hidden-until-lit switches and metal gearshift paddles. Keyless entry is now standard on Australian delivered vehicles.

Advanced features include intelligent all-wheel drive and smooth shifting automatic transmissions, ensuring the new E-PACE delivers the confidence inspiring dynamics, traction and refinement expected from a Jaguar.

The new petrol engine line-up comprise of a 184kW/365Nm 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo, nine speed automatic, AWD or a 221kW/400Nm MHEV 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo, nine speed automatic, AWD.

Heading up the petrol engine range is the 221kW variant. Available exclusively in the 300 SPORT, it produces 400Nm of torque delivering 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds. The 221kW P300 four cylinder petrol model features MHEV technology too.

The system uses a Belt integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear load space.

It is able to redeploy the stored energy to assist the engine when accelerating and delivers a more refined and responsive stop/start system.

The advanced powertrain features the latest engine technologies including intelligent Continuous Variable Valve Lift (CVVL), which works alongside Variable Cam Timing (VCT) technology supported by a twin scroll turbocharger for refined performance and efficiency.

For the first time, Standard Driveline features Driveline Disconnect technology. During steady state cruising, the setup disengages the AWD system, sending power only to the front axle, delivering increased fuel efficiency.

Exclusive to the 300 SPORT, Jaguar’s second-generation Active Driveline AWD system delivers accomplished all-wheel traction with trademark dynamic capability.

Like the Standard Driveline setup, the Active Driveline AWD system is able to transfer torque between the front and rear axles.

Further to this, at the rear axle, two independent electronically-controlled wet-plate clutches are able to distribute torque across the rear wheels, with the capability to direct 100 per cent of that torque to either rear wheel in 100 milliseconds (0.1 seconds).

Adaptive Surface Response, which replaces Rain-Ice-Snow mode on all models, automatically determines the most appropriate of three separate settings by monitoring the surface conditions every tenth-of-a-second and reacting within half a second.

The 300 SPORT features a selection of the latest technologies for enhanced performance, including active damping, adaptive dynamics, active driveline and configurable dynamics.

Available in all exterior colours, it features 20-inch five spoke Diamond turned Satin Dark Grey alloy wheels, Black Exterior Pack and powered tailgate.

On the inside, illuminated Jaguar treadplates, Meridian audio, Ebony Suedecloth headlining and R-Dynamic Taurus Sport seats in Ebony, Cloud or Deep Garnet all help to set the 300 SPORT apart.

Customers can choose from R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE trim levels. Optional on all models is the Black Exterior Pack.

The 2021 Jaguar E-PACE R-Dynamic S P250 is priced from $63,900 (plus on-roads) and is expected in the first quarter of next year.

Jaguar to refresh E-PACE for 2021
2021 Jaguar E-PACE interior (overseas model shown)
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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