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2017-07-14 09:00

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London - The new Jaguar E-Pace has been officially unveiled to the world at an event in England.

The automaker says its latest model is a five-seat, compact SUV that "packs the design and performance of a sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle". 

The E-Pace will be available in South Africa in 2018, and is set to take on the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3.

Range

The E-Pace and R-Dynamic models are available with Standard, S, SE and HSE specification packs and a choice of five engines: three diesel and two petrol engines. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel powerplant is available in 110kW, 132kW and 177kW.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol turbo units deliver 183kW or 221kW. All models are fitted with a ZF nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

SA engines and specifications will be confirmed closer to its launch date.

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Connected 

A 25cm touchscreen comes as standard and connects customers to their favourite apps says Jaguar. Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) InControl system allows you to keep the vehicle secure by tracking it on your smartphone, automatically alerts the emergency services in case of an accident and allows you to check fuel levels and mileage remotely via a smartphone or smartwatch.

Customers can warm up the car, cool it down and even start it remotely using InControl.

There are up to four 12-volt charging points and five USB connections as well as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.

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Configurable Dynamics gives the driver even more control with individual settings for the throttle, automatic transmission, steering, and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics suspension system.

Jaguar says their Adaptive Dynamics system can sense driver input, body and wheel movements and pre-emptively loads the suspension and chassis and adjusts the damping. 

All-wheel drive

The E-Pace is fitted with a active driveline all-wheel-drive system, a technological first according to Jaguar. The intelligent set-up combines phenomenal traction with Jaguar’s unmistakable rear-wheel-drive character.

Safety features include a stereo camera that underpins an autonomous emergency braking system, which also provides pedestrian detection and supports lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition, as well as the Intelligent Speed Limiter and Driver Condition Monitor systems. Front and rear parking aids are standard.

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The E-Pace debuts the automaker's next-generation head-up display technology, which according to the automaker can project up to 66% more information onto the windscreen using large, full-colour graphics. 

An optional 31cm full colour digital instrument panel and choice of two premium audio systems developed with Meridian put the E-PACE on a par with vehicles from the class above when it comes to interior technology.

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