By Theodore Opara
The new Jaguar E-Pace is set to arrive in Jaguar’s sub-Sahara Africa markets anytime from now. The newest member of Jaguar’s Pace family of performance SUVs packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious and practical all-wheel drive vehicle – appealing to the needs of modern motorists and newcomers to the Jaguar brand. Jaguar’s Design Director, Ian Callum says “We designed the E-Pace for active people who need space and practicality but see no reason to compromise on performance. Its proportions, stance and lines express the excitement of driving a car of this calibre. Compact SUVs need to provide intelligent answers to the challenges of everyday life and I believe that Jaguar’s combination of design purity and functional integrity provides the perfect solution.
This is a vehicle with unmistakable character – a Jaguar sports car designed for our daily lives in a package that is as rewarding as it is practical.”
In balancing sports car design with everyday usability and practicality, Jaguar designers paid attention to every detail on the E-Pace. The following design touches help set it apart::
-Every Jaguar has sportscar DNA and the E-Pace is no different. It boasts of the proportions, muscular prowess and assertive visual attitude that are unmistakably Jaguar, while retaining the space, safety and practicality typically associated with a compact SUV.
-Up front, the E-Pace features Jaguar’s signature J-blade LED daytime running lights, alongside optional LED matrix headlights that provide the ultimate night time visibility. These instantly recognisable eyes are complemented by slim, blade-like rear lamps that also feature full LED technology – another sign of the E-Pace’s shared DNA with Jaguar’s flagship sports car.
-The E-Pace is finished in one of 11 modern, eye-catching paints, including Caldera Red on the E-Pace First Edition model, which will only be on sale for one year. Other hues include Fuji White, Santorini Black, Borasco Grey, and Caesium Blue.
-Open the doors and even more colour can jump out at you. Interior finish options include eight-way adjustable sports leather seats in either Ebony, Light Oyster, or Mars Red, as well as contrast stitching. With limitless configurability, your E-Pace can absolutely be yours.
-The interior focal point of E-Pace is its wraparound dashboard with the passenger grab handle forming the boundary of the driver console – a design concept directly inspired by the Jaguar F-Type.
This geometry provides a powerful visual connection with the doors, while the elevated seating position gives the driver a ‘Sports Command’ driving position, offering excellent visibility while retaining a cockpit feel.
Even the primary controls, such as the sports gear shifter and drive mode selector, have been carefully designed to promote driver engagement. It’s absolutely a Jaguar, through and through.All throughout the E-Pace, riders are enveloped in premium materials, ensuring every touch point emphasises quality. It features premium leather for its sports seats and key touch points, such as the steering wheel, gear shifter and centre console grab handle. Refinement also extends to other elements of the cabin, including soft-trimmed door casings that have a cool touch, satin chrome door handles, beautifully crafted leather-clad facia and seat upholstery with twin-needle stitching. All of these touches add up to enhance the sense of luxury in E-Pace.