Introducing The Smarter, More Luxurious 2021 Jaguar E-Pace

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Jaguar's smallest SUV gets a much-improved infotainment interface and enhanced cabin materials.

Just yesterday, the refreshed 2021 Jaguar E-Pace was spied testing at the Nurburgring. We anticipated that Jaguar's most affordable SUV would receive an external nip and tuck along with a more advanced infotainment system, and the company has now fully revealed the latest E-Pace and confirmed many of these changes.

The E-Pace is an important model as, together with the F-Pace and I-Pace, these models make up the majority of sales for Jaguar. At its lower price point, the latest E-Pace should go some way to boosting Jaguar Land Rover's recovery in light of the company's financial woes and the global pandemic.

The enhancements begin outside (the European model is shown here), where the E-Pace has a new front lower aperture design employing a distinctive blade element, while the new grille gets the mesh treatment with chrome detailing.

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Those stylish all-LED headlights are highlighted by Double J-blade daytime running lights, while along the sides, a subtle addition at the air vents is the appearance of the iconic Jaguar Leaper. A Black Exterior Pack is available with Narvik Black details, but overall, the changes are very subtle although this remains one of the most stylish luxury SUVs you can buy.

There's much more happening inside, though, where the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace now gains a curved 11.4-inch HD touchscreen display which allows access to the brand's Pivi or Pivi Pro software. Jaguar has paid attention to the details here, with the screen's glass itself getting two coatings, one of which reduces glare and the other which makes it easier to wipe away fingerprints. Soft trim with 'cricket-ball' stitching, the stylish JaguarDrive Selector, and a steering wheel inspired by the I-Pace EV are further typically appealing Jag touches.

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Pivi Pro - standard on upper trims - features dual-sim technology and two LTE modems, improving multi-tasking capability. Both Google and Microsoft Outlook calendar integration is included, too. Complementing this system is an available 12.3-inch HD digital driver's display and a full-color TFT head-up display. Newly available is a ClearSight interior rearview mirror, offering a clear view of the road behind. Standard features include a 3D surround-view camera system and driver condition monitoring, while adaptive cruise control is available.

Jaguar's Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) ensures that the E-Pace remains connected and up to date with the latest features, with over-the-air updates being possible. For example, the latest navigation maps and software updates can be downloaded this way.

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For 2021, the Jaguar E-Pace is offered in a choice of just three trims: P250, P250 SE, and 300 Sport. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine is standard, along with a nine-speed automatic transmission, but power outputs vary.

Whereas the P250 and P250 SE produce 246 horsepower, the 300 Sport bumps this up to 296 hp, with the latter benefitting from mild-hybrid technology. All models feature all-wheel drive, but the 300 Sport has an Active Driveline AWD system that can apportion torque between the rear wheels. Jaguar claims that the chassis architecture has been upgraded, with new engine mounts improving throttle response. Enhanced front suspension attachment point stiffness is noted, too.

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Pricing for the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace begins at $40,995 for the P250, making it pricier than the BMW X2. The price increases to $46,095 for the P250 SE and $49,995 for the 300 Sport.

All versions come with Jaguar's five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and complimentary scheduled maintenance for the same time period/mileage.

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