With the arrival of the 2021 E-PACE, Jaguar's entire product range is officially updated. Like its recently-updated elder sibling – the F-PACE – the updated E-PACE will also go on sale with electrified powertrains.
Much like the F-PACE a few days ago, Jaguar has now updated its entry-level SUV offering as well, the E-PACE. However, unlike the F-PACE, the E-PACE has undergone slightly more significant changes to become a part of Jaguar's electrification chapter.
First & foremost, the 2021 E-PACE gets revised styling, courtesy of new LED headlamps with the 'Double-J' DRL design, a new grille as well as a revised bumper design which is now more 'aerodynamically-optimised'. With no changes to the car's side look (except for new wheels), the remaining changes can be found at the rear, with the incorporation of Jaguar's new 'Chicane' LED taillight units and a revised silencer and lower bumper mesh design.
The list of changes inside the 2021 E-PACE is quite extensive too. Like its elder sibling, the E-PACE also receives Jaguar's latest cockpit layout, designed around the new Pivi Pro infotainment system. As a result, the instrument cluster is now a 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display, while the centre infotainment screen is an 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen.
Coming to the more significant changes, the E-PACE, for 2021, makes a switch to JLR's new Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA) that also found its way onto the new Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque last year. The key reason behind this shift is to give the E-PACE electrified powertrains.
Speaking of powertrains, the updated E-PACE will go on sale in Europe with three engine options – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel unit, a four-cylinder Ingenium petrol unit of the same capacity and a smaller 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ingenium petrol motor. Combined, these three engines form the E-PACE's eight powertrain configurations, of which, three are diesel and five petrol. Barring one option (the 2.0-litre diesel with six-speed manual and front-wheel-drive), all seven powertrain options are electrified. In further bifurcation, one of those seven is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) option, while the rest are mild-hybrids (48V MHEVs).
The PHEV version (P300e) of the E-PACE is powered by the 197bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ingenium petrol motor, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The hybrid component consists of a 108bhp Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) motor that's powered by an under-floor 15kWh Li-ion battery. Combined, the P300e variant develops 305bhp and thus, happens to be the most powerful version of the 2021 E-PACE (0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds). The P300e also offers an electric-only range of up to 55kms and can charge from 0-80% in just 30 mins (using a DC fast charger).