Jaguar E-Pace range updated with new engine and AI tech

Joanna Estrada
June 14, 2018

Among the new features is the Smart Settings artificial intelligence system, which recently debuted on the I-Pace electric auto.

We're positive that the E-Pace is India-bound, but we're not certain about when.

Jaguar has broadened its range of engines in the E-Pace with an entry-level 197bhp petrol unit that sits below the 247bhp and 296bhp variants already on sale.

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.

Other engines already available in the E-Pace include 250PS and 300PS versions of the same 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine, as well as a 2.0-litre diesel with 150, 180 or 240PS. It means an E-Pace equipped with the system will recognize the driver when they are approaching the vehicle, based on both a key fob and smartphone Bluetooth signal. The Smart System over time can also tailor- make the settings depending on time, location, weather and behaviour patterns.

Smart Settings is part of the Connect Pro Pack, which is now standard on the E-Pace S and above. 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.

Another addition to the E-Pace range is adaptive suspension.

Smart Settings is offered as part of the Connect Pro Pack, which also consists of a 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot, Pro Services and Navigation Pro - offering real-time traffic information, door-to-door routing from your smartphone, street view and parking availability. This lets the driver flick between normal and dynamic settings for the adjustable dampers, with the former focussing on comfort and latter calibrated to increase body control and road handling. The intelligent set-up delivers faster responses and a dedicated off-road tune. The system monitors vehicle movement ever 2 milliseconds and recalculates the required damping force every 10. It responds to the driver's input and road surface changes to provide better control and minimise body roll. 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.

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