For 2021, the British SUV is undergoing a small facelift, with few cosmetic changes but a lot of substance under the hood. The most important news? The introduction of mild and plug-in hybrid versions
2021 is almost upon us and also for Jaguar is time to renew its range of vehicles: the first major restyling touched the E-Pace, a compact crossover which now gets the Premium Transverse Architecture platform on a slightly renovated design aesthetic, on increased cabin connectivity but, above all, on two-hybrid technologies supporting the engines already present: the 48V mild hybrid and the plug-in hybrid with plug-in charging. The arrival on the market? For the moment the British house has opened orders only in the UK.
JAGUAR E-PACE 2021: HOW IT CHANGES, INSIDE AND OUT
The new Jaguar E-Pace 2021 will differ from the previous model year for some details in the bodywork and headlights, front and rear. The British technicians did not want to upset the structure of the last generation, so the new model will bring a “light” restyling at the level of the front bumper, now equipped with larger air intakes, side moldings, and rear diffuser, with the tailpipes now arranged differently depending on the engine chosen.
Specific elements will also be available for the R-Dynamic sports trim, now available in combination with the exterior Black Pack which offers Narvik Black finishes on some details. As for the lights, the Jaguar E-Pace 2021 instead introduces the new concept Double J daytime running lights at the front on headlamps which, optionally, can also be equipped with Pixel LED technology with automatic high beam management, while at the rear gives space to dynamic direction indicators always with LED operation.
Lots of news also for the cockpit, where the E-Pace first of all sports the new digital instrumentation with a 12.3 “screen on which the multifunction steering wheel is connected, revised in its characteristics on a par with the gear lever and the Pivi Pro infotainment system. , which now dominates the dashboard with the 11.4 ”curved touchscreen display in the center. The system now features dual SIM, OTA (over-the-air) updates, and 3D outdoor cameras, without forgetting the inevitable platform for inductive charging of smartphones. The cherry on the cake? The renewed air conditioning system with PM2.5 filtering capacity ionizer, in an interior, made even more pleasant by the presence of new colors for the “ambient light” lighting system.
JAGUAR E-PACE 2021: ALL MILD-HYBRID VERSIONS
The big news of the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace, however, is the introduction of hybrid technology in the engines of the wide range of the British SUV, which can count on both petrol and diesel engines. Let’s start with the first ones: the entry-level version is represented by the 1.5 turbo three-cylinder 160 horsepower, followed by the 2.0 turbo four-cylinder unit declined in three power variants (200, 250, and 300 horsepower). The diesel engines, on the other hand, make their debut with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder 163 horsepower, also present in the range in the MHEV variant which, then, is available in parallel on the more powerful diesel from204 horses.
Each petrol version is equipped with the 48V mild-hybrid system consisting of an alternator-starter for energy recovery during the deceleration and braking phases, which will then have the task of cramming it into the battery pack positioned in the floor to reduce space. total. This technology is also present on two of the diesel versions, except for the input one which only maintains the endothermic engine.
As for the types of gearbox and traction, the 160 horsepower 1.5 turbo-petrol variant has an eight-speed automatic on the front transmission, which becomes nine-speed and full-speed respectively on the other three configurations. More varied speech for diesels: the entry version can be equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive or, alternatively, with the nine-speed automatic and four-wheel transmission, the same standard features that characterize the two superior models in the range.
JAGUAR E-PACE 2021: THERE IS ALSO THE PLUG-IN VERSION
At the top of the range, moreover, Jaguar will introduce the E-Pace 300 Sport, a sports version of the British SUV that will differ in a set-up dedicated to greater driving comfort: this will be ensured by the Active Driveline AWD all-wheel drive with two wet clutches. electronically controlled oil capable of differentiating the drive torque on both rear wheels and from the suspensions with the adaptive Adaptive Dynamics system.
A version that, in parallel, will also be offered in the P300e version with plug-in hybrid technology, which offers a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with 200 horsepower associated with a 109 horsepower electric unit destined for the rear axle, which overall it pushes the power up to 309 horses. The battery, on the other hand, is a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 15 kWh, which positioned on the floor of the car for a better weight balance guarantees a fully electric range of 55 km.
Its consumption is very interesting, settling on 2.0 L / 100 km and 44 g / km of CO2 emissions calculated in the WLTP use cycle, as well as the systems for restoring energy to be used on the road: thanks to the fast recharge it will be possible to reach 80% of the battery efficiency in just 30 minutes, a time that is tripled if the 7 kW AC technology is used.