The cabin on this test mule is still a long way for being ready for a customer to use.
After arriving a little late to the crossover party, Jaguar is making up for lost time by preparing a pair of high-riding models. The I-Pace shows an eye towards the future with its fully electric drivetrain, and the E-Pace in these spy photos shows the British brand preparing a smaller SUV for the lineup. An in-house rival to the Range Rover Evoque, if you like...
This E-Pace remains under heavy camouflage in these photos, and fake panels distort the model’s shape. However, cues from its F-Pace big brother are evident in the broad grille and raked windshield. The panel boxing in the rear glass appears to conceal the crossover’s actual shape back there. It’s possible Jag’s smaller crossover could have a flowing rear like the I-Pace.
These shots also let us see the interior, and the photographs show that there’s still a lot of work to finish in the cabin. Bundles of wires hang from the roof and have tape holding them to various components. The massive screen on the centre stack looks like an old computer monitor, too. We do approve of the sporty auto gearshifter from the Jaguar F-Pace, though – although it looks like the familiar JLR cowled analogue dials will be a feature. Surely a TFT digital display is also on the agenda?
Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium engine family will power the E-Pace. Buyers will be able to choose from various tunes of the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder in diesel- and petrol-fuelled varieties. A hybrid might arrive later. The lowest trims in the lineup might be front-wheel drive, but some versions would route power to both axles.
The E-Pace should debut sometime this summer and be on sale in some markets before the end of the year. After the F-Pace’s easy time finding success, an even more affordable vehicle could be quite a hit. Look for JLR also to introduce the high-performance F-Pace SVR sometime before you need to replace the calendar. With an output reportedly around 500 horsepower on tap, it’ll give Jag a model for competing in the growing performance crossover segment.