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Preview: 2021 Jaguar E-Tempo will get new look, delicate hybrid know-how

Jaguar unveiled an updated version of its E-Pace on Tuesday. The compact crossover SUV was already one of the best-looking options in its segment, and for the 2021 model year Jaguar has combined the good looks with some new technical features in the cabin and under the hood.

The E-Pace didn’t arrive until 2018, so the designers kept the tweaks small for this update. The most important changes include a revised front panel with a new design for the inlets and new fixtures for the LED headlights. The grille also received a new mesh insert with chrome details. An available styling package can add black accents on the outside.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace

Inside there is an 11.4-inch display that serves as an infotainment hub. It runs the latest version of Jaguar’s Pivi Pro infotainment system, which the automaker claims is easier to use, in part because many commonly used functions are made accessible with just two or fewer taps. The system also integrates the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphones and supports wireless updates.

The interior also has a new, smaller gear selector switch as well as an available digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a color head-up display. The instrument cluster is fully configurable and can display a full screen navigation map with turn-by-turn directions.

Jaguar will offer the 2021 E-Pace in three classes: P250, P250 SE and 300 Sport. All-wheel drive is standard across the range, although the 300 Sport’s system can split torque not only between the axles but also between the rear wheels to improve handling at the limit.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace

2021 Jaguar E-Pace

The P250 and the P250 SE both have a 2.0-liter inline 4 with turbocharger and an output of 246 hp. The 300 Sport expands the engine with mild hybrid technology to 296 hp. In any case, a 9-speed automatic is the only transmission.

Jaguar has also made some improvements to the chassis to improve comfort. These include new attachment points for the front suspension, which are supposed to improve rigidity, as well as new engine mounts, which are supposed to help improve throttle response. An available Dynamic Handing Pack (standard on the 300 Sport) adjusts the damper stiffness based on inputs such as acceleration, steering, gas and braking.

Jaguar’s small XE sedan will no longer be offered in the US after 2020. This means that the E-Pace remains the brand’s entry point. The move is not a big surprise considering Jaguar sold 4,782 E-Paces in the US in 2019, up from 3,551 XEs.

The prices for the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace are listed below::

2021 Jaguar E-Pace P250 – $ 42,045
2021 Jaguar E-Pace P250 SE – $ 47,145
2021 Jaguar E-Pace 300 Sport – $ 51,045

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You can find more information about the Jaguar E-Pace in the detailed reviews under The Car Connection.

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