Jaguar Has Confirmed The Name and Launching Date Of The New 2018 Jaguar E-Pace SUV

Jaguar has officially confirmed its new baby SUV will be called the E-Pace. Previewed in a teaser photo revealing an F-Pace inspired rear end, the car will be Jag’s second off-roader and rival the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.  
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The wraps will come off the model on 13 July, the company has confirmed, and it will have “sports car-derived all-wheel-drive technology”. The engine range will comprise entirely of Jag’s new petrol and diesel Ingenium engines.

Because of its compact proportions it’s expected that the E-Pace will be based on the Range Rover Evoque’s LR-MS steel platform, and is likely to be produced at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria. It’ll go on sale in 2018, priced from around £28,000.

We’ve published plenty of spy shots of the upcoming BMW X1 rival over the last few months. The pre-production cars we’ve spied wear heavy masking to disguise the new car’s looks, but it’s possible to make out the overall shape and how it packs F-Pace design traits into a smaller, chunkier package with shorter overhangs.

Towards the rear end of the car the shoulder line rises strongly, pinching the back to make it appear squat and purposeful. Underneath the disguise, it’s possible to spy the steeply raked rear windscreen, copying the sporty rear end of its larger F-Pace brother.

An earlier sighting and DVLA licence check revealed that one of the baby SUV mules has been registered as a 2.0-litre diesel electric hybrid, hinting that JLR is working on alternative powertrains to help the LR-MS chassis through the next decade. Petrol or diesel-based hybrid tech would see CO2 drop below 100g/km, and could allow fuel economy of more than 70mpg.

Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum suggested earlier this year that any smaller model would need to move to a transverse-engined layout. “We’ve done front-wheel-drive studies, because everybody knows that if you go smaller than XE or F-Pace, you’ve no choice but to go that way,” he said.

“The only way you’re going to get the look on the car is to turn the engine sideways. It is challenging, and we’ve clearly looked at how we could do it. You get that long snout otherwise, which looks out of proportion.”

As such, entry-level editions of the small car could be front-wheel drive – the first Jag to use that layout since the X-Type, and the extremely short rear overhang suggests Jaguar is testing a platform with front-wheel-drive in mind. Four-wheel drive will be offered on the bulk of the range, though, including the more powerful variants.

Space in the cabin will be reduced compared to the F-Pace while the boot won’t be as large either, although the car should be more than a match for rivals. It will be more practical than an Evoque, too, as its wheelbase should be slightly longer.

With a full reveal scheduled for next month, the wait to see the new E-Pace in the metal is almost over, and we’ll have full details from the launch on 13 July.