Jaguar's compact E-Pace crossover coming in '18


New spy photos reveal the best silhouette of the Jaguar E-Pace to date. Photo credit: KGP PHOTOGRAPHY

Jaguar confirmed late Tuesday that the E-Pace compact crossover will become the brand’s second utility vehicle next year. A third crossover, the battery-powered I-Pace, will join Jaguar’s lineup after the E-Pace, but also next year.

Porsche created the successful template for high-performance utility vehicles with the Cayenne and Macan. The F-Pace crossover, launched last year, has been one of the hottest-selling vehicles in Jaguar’s history.

The E-Pace will ride on the platform that underpins the XE compact sedan. And like the Macan, it will be a high-performance crossover, Jaguar says.

“The combination of sports car looks with Jaguar performance will ensure that the E-Pace stands out,” Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design, said in a statement.

A teaser image of the E-Pace released by Jaguar.

Technical details are few, but Jaguar says the E-Pace will be available with the company’s Ingenium gasoline engines. That means no V-6, no diesels and no hybrids — at least at launch. The most powerful four-cylinder Ingenium turbo engine this year is rated at 300 hp. The E-Pace will come standard with all-wheel drive.

Jaguar will officially introduce the E-Pace in London on July 13.

No word on pricing, but BMW’s X1 starts at $ 34,745, with shipping, while the Macan start at $ 48,850, including shipping.

“Every Jaguar is designed to excite the senses, and we think E-Pace will do just that, albeit with its own character,” Callum said.

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