New Jaguar E-Pace facelift adds plug-in hybrid power

The Jaguar E-Pace has been updated with fresh new looks, while a plug-in hybrid option is offered for the first time

An updated version of the Jaguar E-Pace crossover has been launched. Exterior styling tweaks mask a switch to the same PTA platform as the latest Range Rover Evoque, allowing an all-new infotainment system and a fresh plug-in powertrain.

On the outside, the facelifted E-Pace features a redesigned front bumper, a new mesh radiator grille and a fresh pair of LED headlights, which feature Jaguar’s latest ‘Double J’ lighting signature. Jaguar has also fitted a new undertray at the rear, along with revised LED tail-lights that are inspired by the units fitted to the all-electric I-Pace.

The changes to the cabin include a new drive selector, soft-touch trim around the instrument binnacle and a reshaped transmission tunnel, which makes more room for the driver’s knee.

The E-Pace also now benefits from a new 11.4-inch infotainment system, which is powered by JLR’s latest Pivi software. Jaguar says the screen has been designed for ease of use; 90 per cent of the system’s functions, such as media and navigation, can be accessed with just two inputs.

Over-the-air updates for software tweaks and mapping are supported as standard, while the touchscreen is paired with an updated 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which features displays for navigation, media and contact details.

The engine line-up has been updated, too, and comprises three diesels, three petrols and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The diesel range uses Jaguar’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, and can be specced either with or without mild-hybrid assistance.

The entry-level model has 161bhp and 380Nm of torque, which is sent through a six-speed manual gearbox to the front wheels. Add four-wheel drive and a nine-speed auto gearbox, and the engine is backed up by a 48-volt integrated starter-generator and a compact lithium-ion battery pack. The flagship 201bhp diesel uses the same gearbox and four-wheel-drive set-up.

The petrol line-up is also based around a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder unit, with buyers offered a choice of 197bhp, 246bhp or 296bhp outputs. The three petrols all feature mild-hybrid technology and come with the nine-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive system as standard.

At the top of the line-up is the new P300e plug-in hybrid. It uses a 197bhp 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol engine that drives the front wheels, a 108bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle and a 15kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Combined output for the system is 305bhp, with 540Nm of torque.

Jaguar says that the PHEV powertrain provides the E-Pace with a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds, an electric driving range of 34 miles and claimed WLTP economy of 141mpg.

As with the outgoing E-Pace, the new crossover keeps S, SE and HSE trim levels, but two new additions have bolstered the line-up. R-Design specification adds sports seats, a suede headlining and a split-rim sports steering wheel, while a Sport trim level – available only on the most powerful petrol-engined model – adds unique 20-inch alloys, active adaptive dampers, a power-operated tailgate and black exterior trim.

What do you think of the updated Jaguar E-Pace? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

Recommended

Peugeot 2008 review
Peugeot 2008 driving
In-depth reviews

Peugeot 2008 review

The Peugeot 2008 is fashionable and well built, but it feels a little pricey compared to some close rivals
24 Jun 2022
Best car leasing deals 2022
Best car leasing deals - header image
Best cars & vans

Best car leasing deals 2022

If you're looking for a cheap way to drive around in a brand new motor then car leasing could be ideal - here are some great new car leasing deals ava…
22 Jun 2022
Ford Puma review
Ford Puma
Ford Puma

Ford Puma review

The Ford Puma is now a stylish, practical compact SUV that’s good to drive, but lacks cabin space
8 Jun 2022
New Cupra Tavascan arrives as brand’s first electric SUV
Cupra Tavascan
Cupra

New Cupra Tavascan arrives as brand’s first electric SUV

New all-electric Cupra Tavascan will go on sale in 2024 as sporty Spanish brand’s second all-electric model
8 Jun 2022

Most Popular

New electric MG Cyberster roadster to take brand back to its roots
MG roadster exclusive image - front
News

New electric MG Cyberster roadster to take brand back to its roots

The all-electric two-seat MG sports car is poised to follow the likes of the MG TF and MGB, and our exclusive images preview how it could look
23 Jun 2022
‘New Jaguar will be “a copy of nothing” – in every way’
Opinion - Jaguar
Jaguar

‘New Jaguar will be “a copy of nothing” – in every way’

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks Jaguar's rebirth is a risk worth taking
15 Jun 2022
Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is the fastest Ford Transit you’ve ever seen
Ford Pro Electric SuperVan
News

Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is the fastest Ford Transit you’ve ever seen

The supercar-beating Ford Pro Electric SuperVan makes its debut at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed
23 Jun 2022