Jaguar is giving the F-Pace a baby brother and, unfortunately, it is going to continueÂ the company’s terrible SUV-naming trend and dub it the E-PaceÂ â€” a moniker it probably should have reserved for the all-electric I-Pace concept. Sized as a compact crossover, its existence meshes with Jaguar’s current modus operandi and brand manager Steven de Ploey’s promise to expectÂ â€œa family of SUVs.”
Destined to be a direct competitor for the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, the E-Pace is Britain’s attempt to get a piece of theÂ freshly-bakedÂ pie that is the compact crossover segment.Â
While every sighting of the small SUV has been under full camouflage,Â it can be gleaned that the E-Pace’s rather compact front-end means it is probably stuck with aÂ transversely mounted engineÂ â€” the most likely candidate being a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder shared with theÂ Range Rover Evoque orÂ Land Rover Discovery Sport. Currently, that mill makes 240 horsepower, though its Ingenium engine family replacement could make up to 300 hp. Due to sizing limitations, it’s also almost assured to share a platform with those Rover models. There is also the possibility of the E-Pace making use of the 2.0-liter diesel found in the Jaguar XE.
Interestingly, one of the European test mules was rumored to be licensed as a 2.0-liter diesel-electric hybrid.
Jaguar isn’t likely to show off the petite CUV anytime soon, though it will probably have an unveiling sometime later this year and a 2018 production date.