Jaguar E-Pace crossover gets new tech

Jaguar E Pace gets an entry-level petrol engine and smart suspension

Jaguar E-Pace crossover gets new tech

Jaguar has added a new smaller petrol engine to its E-Pace line-up, as well as a host of other technologies.

When Jaguar was busy planning the E-Pace, it no doubt focussed on delivering a range of diesel engines to satisfy demand from buyers.

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Fuel economy is a claimed 34.4 mpg combined, but there is a slight anomaly when it comes to the Carbon dioxide emissions of this unit. The system recognises different drivers based on which key they used to unlock/start the auto and the Bluetooth signal from their phone, then adjusts various parameters to suit. If trends and algorithms can be observed - the auto being started at a particular time each day, for example - it allows the vehicle to be tailored automatically to such conditions. Jaguar's Adaptive Dynamics system, now available on every vehicle in its range bar the XJ, has Normal and Dynamic modes, with the former majoring on comfort and the latter focusing on agility.

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The new technology joins the line up alongside Adaptive Dynamics, a system which alters the suspension settings to suit differing road surfaces and driving styles.

The Intelligent Phone Reminder function will also tell the driver if they forget their smartphone, while the Predictive Call List learns patterns of phone use to cue up popular contacts at the appropriate time. The Smart Settings is offered as part of the Connect Pro Pack, which also consists of a 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot, Pro Services and navigation.

All E-Pace engines are now equipped with a particulate filter for a further reduction in emissions. The set-up delivers faster responses and a dedicated off-road tune. The setup scans vehicle movements every two milliseconds and adjusts the stiffness of the dampers for a more composed ride and more body control. It responds to the driver's input and road surface changes to provide better control and minimise body roll.

The arrival of the 197bhp E-Pace cuts the petrol-engined E-Pace starting price to £33,260. The highly efficient filters are neatly integrated to the after-treatment system and trap ultrafine particulates as the exhaust gases pass through.

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