Jaguar’s tagline is a powerful statement that highlights the dedication of the brand to the creation of phenomenal vehicles that are guaranteed to blow you away; the new E-Pace is no less a tribute to the motto, The Art of Performance, and as the first offering from the legendary brand in the Compact SUV segment, I am thrilled to preview this beautiful vehicle, as promoted by the Jaguar East Rand dealership.

As one of the members of the most attractive brand on the road (in my opinion at least), the E-Pace is obviously a gorgeous vehicle to behold. With broad, muscular lines and the signature “ready-to-pounce” haunches, the E-pace is an agile SUV with the looks of a coupé. I particularly like the unique LED taillights that differentiate this Jaguar variant from the others.

The interior proves to be more of the same beauty, with classy leather seating, highlighted by contrast stitching and a sporty grab-handle near the gear shift. The dashboard itself is the focal point of a driver-centred cockpit that seems to wrap around you and bring all the dials and switches within reach. With a decidedly premium feel, the cockpit boasts a 10-inch touchscreen that can do everything short of a load of laundry, and flexible, clever little stowage options that really speak of attention-to-detail design (the removable cupholders are worth a mention).

Space is a given in a Jaguar – both front and rear are generously spaced, and the boot (a comfortable 577 litres) expands dramatically with the flipping down of the seats. My favourite touch is the panoramic sun roof that seems to fill the cabin with ambient lighting or a sky full of stars, that only enhances the luxurious, premium feel of the interior.

“Jaguars roar” is one of the themes that run through the marketing campaign for this vehicle, and when looking at, and listening to, it’s engine, it makes perfect sense. Based on the renowned performance technology of the Jaguar brand, the Ingenium engine in the E-Pace indeed roars to life, producing an impressive 110 Kw and 380 Nm torque. Despite the powerful output, the engine is efficient and clean, and makes for a wonderfully reactive driving experience.

Thanks to a fully independent suspension system which features a sophisticated rear suspension arrangement, the vehicle handles with poise and confidence across all road conditions. With such features as Active Driveline and Adaptive Dynamics, the vehicle epitomises superb control and is bound to be a firm favourite amongst executives in South Africa.

Priced from R598 500, the E-Pace comes in the following different variants: The First Edition E-Pace, which boasts and exclusive design, 20-inch split spoke wheels with Satin Grey Diamond finish. The E-Pace S, which ads on enhanced technology such as Wifi Hotspots and Navigations Pro. The E-Pace HSE, with Windsor leather seats, enhanced with 18-way driver seat position memory, keyless entry and Gesture Tailgate (not to mention a 12-inch touchscreen). And also the E-Pace SE, featuring a bonus Drive Pack and Meridian Sound System.

Jaguar East Rand will most assuredly be one of my favourite stops for test-drive reviews this coming year; with their incredible team supporting clients and admirers of the brand, this dealership will undoubtedly be making its mark in the industry. For a closer look at fabulous E-Pace, click on the link below: Jaguar East Rand


By Desh Bechan