Jaguar adds new engine and AI tech to E-Pace range

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So the new cost of admission makes the base E-Pace the cheapest model Jaguar offers, undercutting the £31,505 base price on the XE.

Jaguar E-Pace has been given a number of new connectivity and comfort features as well as a new powertrain.

The Jaguar E-Pace gets a new 2.0 litre Ingenium petrol engine option delivering 197bhp, as well as an adaptive suspension option and AI driver profiles. So it can, for example, know to pre-heat the steering wheel and seats on a cold morning, or queue up a playlist based on the time of day. You can get Smart Settings as part of the so-called Connect Pro Pack, which also brings a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation, real-time traffic and parking availability info.

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Adaptive Dynamics provides greater scope to tune the balance between handling responses and body control. We're also told the system learns your habits over time (we're not sure whether we like this or not...), and can then change settings based on time, location and even weather. Rough surfaces and off-road conditions are sensed immediately, and the damping adapts accordingly. At 186g/kg, the emissions of the new 2.0-liter are higher than the more powerful engines already offered in the E-Pace, but the emissions of those two will rise when the new WLTP testing system comes into full force. It responds to the driver's input and road surface changes to provide better control and minimise body roll. There's a new engine - a 200bhp four-cylinder petrol, giving 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds, 34.4mpg and 186g/km of Carbon dioxide - and Jag's "Adaptive Dynamics" continuously variable dampers now appear on the options list. This includes twin scroll turbocharger, Continuously Variable Valve Lift and variable cam timing which work to enhance power and efficiency as well as drivability. The highly efficient filters are neatly integrated to the after-treatment system and trap ultrafine particulates as the exhaust gases pass through.

Another addition to the E-Pace range is adaptive suspension. In a petrol engine, under normal driving conditions, the trapped soot will be oxidised into Carbon dioxide and the filter regenerated whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator.