Jaguar has revamped its smallest crossover, with the 2021 E-PACE now sporting a redesign, a mild-hybrid, and more technology. Still serving as the entry point to Jaguar’s SUV line-up – and, indeed, the automaker’s most affordable SUV model in Mzansi.
Launched back in 2018, the E-PACE caused a little confusion with its name – despite what the “E” might imply, it’s not electric; that’s the Jaguar I-PACE – but borrowed plenty from its bigger F-PACE sibling. Although purists might have scoffed, it proved to be a sensible move with Jaguar saying that its SUVs now account for the majority of sales in South Africa.
To coincide with the launch of the vehicle locally this month, we’ve listed 5 of our favourite things of the Jaguar E-PACE we’re sure you’ll love too.
The exterior is more attractive than ever
For the 2021 E-PACE, the exterior has got a few tweaks that make a major impact. The big grille remains, but now has a mesh design with chrome detailing, along with Noble Chrome grille tips. There’s a reworked lower aperture, with new blades, and all-LED headlamps with Jaguar’s “Double J-Blade” daytime running lights which are available with optional Pixel LED technology to deliver increased resolution and brightness.
At the rear, there’s now a new mesh insert in the lower bumper, and all-LED taillamps to match the front.
There is a Black Exterior Pack, too
Jaguar has a Black Exterior Pack for the E-Pace. The pack swaps out much of the chrome detailing for Narvik Black: on the grille surround and tips, the lower bumper mesh inserts, the side vents, the window surrounds, and the rear badging too. There is now a new Jaguar Leaper logo on the side vents as well, and new wheels up to 20-inches in size.
All the tech inside
The cabin gets a refresh too, now with a curved 11.4-inch HD touchscreen for the Pivi Pro infotainment system. Jaguar says it is not only treated to remove glare, but also to make wiping off fingerprints and smudges easier. The system itself is swifter to start up, and has Google and Outlook calendar integration, along with embedded dual LTE modems. There is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay present too. Wireless phone charging is now easier to access, in the storage area behind the shift-by-wire selector.
A 12.3-inch digital driver display is available too, along with a colour head-up display, and the rear view mirror can be swapped for a digital version beaming a camera view from the rear of the SUV.
Its all in the details
When taking a look at the finer details, Cricket-ball contrast stitching has been added, and there’s more metal and soft-touch plastics. The rotary dials and steering wheel have been revamped, with metal and hidden controls, and there are now metal paddle shifters rather than plastic. There’ll be three colour options – Ebony, Cloud or Deep Garnet – while other options will include a new cabin air ionization system with PM2.5 particulate filtration.
Plenty of derivatives to choose from
Under the bonnet there is a choice of four engines. The entry-level 2021 E-PACE D200 (diesel) and mid-tier P250 SE (petrol) get a 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged Ingenium engine, with a 9-speed automatic. It’s tuned for 147 kW of power on the former, while the latter is good for 184 kW of power. The P300 (petrol) kicks that up to 221 kW of power. Lastly, the new P300e PHEV powertrain combines the 147kW 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine and an 80kW Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) motor to deliver a total of 227 kW of power.
The 2021 E-PACE kicks off at R868 000 for the D200 AWD, R927 500 for the P250 and R1 165 500 for the P300e while the P300 Sport will set you back R1 046 900
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