Jaguar hopes that lightning can strike twice with its crossovers. Its first offering, the F-Pace, is a solid success. Now, it's hoping the all-new 2018 Jaguar E-Pace can deliver all over again.
Just as the XE and XF sedans carry a number of similar aesthetic features, so does the E-Pace and F-Pace. You can see a lot of F-Pace in the side profile and the rear end, although the overhangs seem a bit shorter here. Whereas the headlights are slim on the F-Pace, they're somewhat exaggerated on the E-Pace, looking more like the F-Type's new headlights.
Inside, it's all traditional Jaguar. There's a passenger grab handle off the center stack, a silly electronic shifter and the fun HVAC controls that have screens displaying the temperature inside them. A fully digital instrument panel is optional, as well, like many other Jaguar products.
The E-Pace also packs a brand-new head-up display. It can project a whole boatload of information, including full-color graphics, right into the driver's field of view. It'll show safety systems, navigation directions, engine speed and also whatever's on the radio. You can change not only what is shown, but where on the screen it's displayed.
All five occupants get their own USB port, and if you want to use somebody else's data for a change, the E-Pace comes with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot on all but the lowest trim. It'll support up to eight devices simultaneously.
Speaking of safety systems, the E-Pace packs active blind-spot monitoring, which can pull you back into your lane if you're about to merge into somebody. The front cameras can display what's immediately to the side of the front bumper, which is helpful when leaving alleyways. It'll help you park in both parallel and perpendicular spots, and in the event of an impending collision, it'll warn you before then applying the brakes.
When it goes on sale in early 2018, the base E-Pace will cost $38,600. You can move up to the fancier S or SE trims for $41,500 or $44,300, respectively. If you'd rather opt for the R-Dynamic variant, this one starts at $47,250 for the S trim, $50,050 for the SE trim and $53,100 for the tippy-top HSE trim.
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