Jaguar has announced a handful of updates for the E-Pace, including a new entry-level petrol engine and adaptive suspension, for the European market. But times have changed - rather quickly.
Jaguar E-Pace has been given a number of new connectivity and comfort features as well as a new powertrain. Although the top speed has yet to be revealed, the 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine will propel the Jaguar to 60 miles per hour from a standing start in 7.7 seconds, and commentators expect the top speed to be somewhere around 132 miles per hour. That's less economical than its more powerful siblings, but that's down to the changeover to WLTP testing figures, so you can be sure the more powerful options will see their economy figures revised shortly. It means an E-Pace equipped with the system will recognize the driver when they are approaching the vehicle, based on both a key fob and smartphone Bluetooth signal. If trends and algorithms can be observed - the auto being started at a particular time each day, for example - it allows the vehicle to be tailored automatically to such conditions. The vehicle will then adjust the seat, climate and infotainment system based on the driver's normal preference.
The new technology joins the line up alongside Adaptive Dynamics, a system which alters the suspension settings to suit differing road surfaces and driving styles. Adaptive Dynamics monitor the vehicle's movements every two milliseconds and change the damping accordingly to reduce body roll and improve the ride.
Smart Settings is offered as part of Jaguar's Connect Pro Pack, which also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot and satellite navigation. The filters are integrated into the after-treatment system and trap ultrafine particulates as the exhaust gases pass through.
Launched spectacularly with the world's furthest barrel roll by a production auto, E-PACE has already achieved strong sales in a highly competitive segment and won a string of awards, including being named as BBC TopGear Magazine's 2017 "Crossover of the Year". In a gasoline engine, under normal driving conditions, the trapped soot will be oxidised into Carbon dioxide and the filter regenerated whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator.