Jaguar E-Pace gains new platform, facelift and hybrid tech

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Author: | Updated: 03 Nov 2020 12:25

The Jaguar E-Pace has had a complete refresh for 2020 and, while not much appears different on the outside, it sits on an all-new platform with most models benefitting from hybrid power.

Jaguar E-Pace 2020 lead

It’s the final Jaguar model to be refreshed, and follows updates of the XE, F-Pace and F-Type earlier this year. Here’s everything you need to know.

Exterior

Despite the vast changes underneath, on the outside things are limited to a minor facelift, and that’s no bad thing; it looks as appealing as ever.

Jaguar E-Pace 2020 side

The eagle-eyed may notice a set of updated bumpers, a new grille up front along with LED headlights that are now standard across the range.

Interior

Changes are more noticeable inside, where you’ll find a revised interior that’s now been brought in line with the rest of the Jaguar range.

Jaguar E-Pace 2020 interior

The centre-piece is arguably the new Pivi Pro infotainment system, with all trims now featuring this impressive tech and an 11.4in touchscreen interface; that makes it around twice the size of the old screen. Trim and upholstery have been updated too, ensuring the E-Pace remains competitive against German competition.

The system is now compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, while it can carry out over-the-air updates and allows for streaming services.

Jaguar E-Pace 2020 dashboard

As well as the central touchscreen, the dials have been replaced by a new 12.3in driver display that gets a head-up display (trim dependent). Other clever new tech includes a rear-view mirror-camera system, a 3D surround camera and a range of enhanced driver monitoring systems.

Engines

The biggest news is that six out of the seven available drivetrains now feature either mild-hybrid or plug-in hybrid tech; only the entry-level 164hp 2.0-litre diesel isn’t. However, if you opt for the more potent 197hp option of this engine in all-wheel drive form, you’ll find it gets a lithium-ion battery and mild-hybrid tech.

Jaguar E-Pace 2020 driving

The change comes courtesy of Jaguar’s PTA platform which is also used for the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.

Three petrol models also use mild-hybrid tech and a 2.0-litre unit. This is available with 200hp, 250hp and 300hp respectively and all feature an automatic nine-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive.

The most interesting addition is the plug-in hybrid petrol model. This combines a 200hp 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 110hp electric motor, and is capable of travelling up to 34 miles on electric-only power.

It gets a 0-62mph time of 6.1 seconds too, making it the quickest in the current E-Pace range.

Jaguar E-Pace 2020 rear

Aside from the engines, Jaguar says that this new platform has also significantly improved handling and ride quality and makes the E-Pace much more refined to drive.

The updated range is now available to order, and list prices start from £32,575 for the non-hybrid diesel, increasing to £50,860 for the PHEV P300e plug-in petrol in its range-topping trim. You can check out and compare Jaguar E-Pace leasing deals right now.

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