Jaguar E-Pace launching in Zim

HARARE - Jaguar's new five-seat compact SUV will arrive in Zimbabwe in a few weeks’ time after the latest vehicle was launched in South Africa on Monday this week.

The five-seat crossover, which is the third car in the company’s move towards SUVs, will join the critically-acclaimed F-Pace and the upcoming all-electric I-Pace.

The E-Pace blends sports car design with compact SUV practicality, removing compromise from the equation.

The result is a car that will attract many new drivers to the Jaguar family and energise the entire market segment.

“We designed the E-Pace to be a Jaguar for active people who need space and practicality but see no reason to compromise on performance.

“Its proportions, stance and lines express the excitement of driving a car of this calibre,” Jaguar director of design Ian Callum said.

“Compact SUVs need to provide intelligent answers to the challenges of everyday life and I believe that Jaguar’s combination of design purity and functional integrity provides the perfect solution.

“This is a vehicle with unmistakable character — a Jaguar sports car designed for our daily lives in a package that is as rewarding as it is practical,” he added.

The E-Pace, which moved with agility and power in Johannesburg’s freeways and equally narrow suburban roads, has exceptional interior space.

The compact SUV is 4 395mm long with short front and rear overhangs of 882mm and 832mm respectively. Its 2 681mm wheelbase seats five in absolute comfort and yields a generous rear legroom of 892mm while the large luggage capacity of 577 litres is made possible by the vehicle’s sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension architecture.

Under the bonnet, E-Pace is endowed with the full range of powerful and efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines.

The 221kW Ingenium petrol turbo engine powers E-Pace from 0-100km/h in just 6,4 seconds, before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 243km/h.

E-Pace doesn’t sacrifice performance for efficiency — customers can opt for the 110kW Ingenium diesel engine, which returns economy of just 5,6 litres per 100km.

The new vehicle is equipped with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission, and high-output models are also available with Active Driveline — a technological first for Jaguar.

This intelligent set-up combines phenomenal traction with Jaguar’s unmistakable rear-wheel-drive character.

The system’s torque-biasing capability delivers optimal stability, dynamics and fuel efficiency in all conditions.

New chassis hardware, including the Integral Link rear suspension layout, has allowed Jaguar’s engineers to maximise interior space and deliver the responsiveness and agility required without compromising ride comfort.

Every E-Pace features the latest generation of Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainment system as standard.

Natural voice control technology, a 10-inch touchscreen interface and a customisable home screen make interactions with the system quick, simple and highly intuitive.

An optional 12,3-inch full colour digital TFT instrument panel and choice of two premium audio systems developed with Meridian put the E-Pace on a par with vehicles from the class above when it comes to interior technology.

Also available is a next-generation Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) Head-Up Display technology.

The E-Pace is also the only vehicle in its segment available with an innovative wearable Activity Key, allowing the driver to lock the main key inside the vehicle when enjoying outdoor pursuits such as running or cycling.

Standard specification on each E-Pace includes the Touch Pro infotainment system, LED headlights and a rear-view camera system, as well as advanced driver assistance systems including Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, and Front and Rear Parking Aid.

The all new Jaguar, which is available on both petrol and diesel versions, comes with a five-year/150 000km warranty, as standard.
— The Financial Gazette

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