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2021 Jaguar E-Pace pounces on more tech, upgraded style – CNET

October 28, 2020

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Sedans are out and SUVs are in, if you haven’t heard. Jaguar has and it’s decided to drop its entry-level sedan, the XE, for 2021. Instead, the Jaguar E-Pace will serve as the most affordable Jag for sale — and the company gave the compact SUV a slew of updates.

The 2021 Jaguar E-Pace bowed on Tuesday with massaged styling and lots of new technology. The latter point is a good thing because with the tech, the cockpit grows far sleeker. I won’t spend a lot of time on the exterior since, well, it’s not too different. There is a new front fascia, which Jaguar said takes lessons from its aerodynamic departments. A blade element now runs through the mesh grille, trimmed with chrome details — a nod to the brand’s heritage logo. Overall, the updates help the E-Pace look fresh, especially with updated LED light signatures.

Inside is where I think designers knocked it out of the park, especially compared to the current E-Pace, which is… a little chintzy. Gone is the smaller infotainment screen in favor of a massive, curved 11.4-inch unit running Jaguar’s latest Pivi Pro system. The gear selector gets a total overhaul and is now far shorter. That’s a good thing for ergonomics because it looks like it will be much easier to reach into the cubby behind it, which also houses a wireless phone charger. The optional 12.3-inch digital display is also a massive leap forward over the outgoing SUV’s analog dials. Other small touches include more soft-touch materials throughout, and a “cricket ball” stitching to remind all of us that Jaguar is still very British (and a bit Indian). You’ll also notice a redesigned steering wheel that borrows elements from the electric I-Pace SUV.

The name of this refreshed SUV game is more tech, and there’s a lot of it. There’s an optional rearview camera mirror and a new electronic vehicle architecture makes the 2021 E-Pace more connected than ever with over-the-air update capability. Heck, Pivi Pro will even sync Google and Microsoft Outlook information for drivers if they want. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto┬áremain onboard for the ride.

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Although Jaguar revamped the trim names, what they bring to the table on the mechanical side of things stays the same. All-wheel drive is standard across the board and a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine serves every single trim. However, the base P250 and the midrange P250 SE make 246 horsepower. The 300 Sport trim’s 2.0-liter engine adds some light electrification that helps boost the output to 296 hp. A nine-speed automatic handles shifting duties no matter which variant buyers choose.

With the updates, Jaguar did jack the price up a tad. The starting price for the E-Pace comes in at $42,045 after a $1,050 destination charge. That’s $1,045 more than the outgoing SUV, if you don’t want to do the math. But the E-Pace looks like a far more attractive machine now, and it’ll probably help American buyers miss the deceased XE sedan even less than they already did.


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