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Jaguar leaps further into the SUV market with E-Pace

Jaguar has added a second, smaller SUV to its line-up

Jaguar E-Pace

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JAGUAR has added a second SUV to its range. The E-Pace slots in beneath the F-Pace and looks almost exactly how you probably imagine it.

That's not to say it's dull, just predictable.

Doubtless it will drive nicely and build on the F-Pace's much-needed shot-in-the-arm for sales.

The 'E' of the name does not denote electric power. Instead, all models get versions of the company's Ingenium petrol and diesel engines; hopefully it has by now worked out how to install these so they work more smoothly and quietly than they do in the XE saloon.

Jaguar does have an upcoming electric-only SUV, however, called the I-Pace.

Jaguar's design boss, Ian Callum, said the E-Pace was "immediately recognisable as the sports car of its class".

"Our new compact SUV combines the interior space, connectivity and security that families expect with the kind of proportions, purity of design and performance not usually associated with such a practical vehicle," he said.

You can have your E-Pace with four-wheel-drive, though it seems likely that front-wheel-drive versions will be most popular.

Three diesel versions, in 148bhp. 178bhp and 237bhp flavours, are available, while petrol cars have 246bhp or 296bhp.

The E-Pace will be built in Austria by the Magna Steyr company. Prices start at £28,500.

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