Picking up the Pace

by Michael Moroney

Jaguar is predicting that its new E-Pace premium compact SUV will become its top-seller, overtaking the larger F-Pace crossover. The new smaller E-Pace is more affordable than its big brother.
The E-Pace is Jaguar’s smallest SUV, and it will compete against BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and forthcoming Volvo XC40. Irish prices for the E-Pace have yet to be announced.
The entry E-Pace will be front-wheel drive while higher-spec models will be offered with all-wheel drive.
The standard all-wheel-drive system delivers torque to the rear wheels when needed. It will be powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium family of four-cylinder, 2.0-litre engines. This includes three diesels and two petrol engine options.
Jaguar’s larger F-Pace was its best-selling car during its fiscal year that ended in March.
The company sold 67,955 F-Pace units, accounting for 39% of Jaguar’s overall sales of 172,848 cars during the period.
The company reported that the F-Pace was the fastest-selling Jaguar in the brand’s history with more than 80,000 sold globally since April of last year.
The new E-Pace will be built for all markets except China by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria as all of Jaguar Land Rover’s factories in the UK are at full capacity.
It will also be built in Changshu, China, at a plant operated with joint venture partner Chery Automobile.

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