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1,234 litres of boot space, anyone?

When you are the heir to greatness on road and track, there is a lot to live up to. So when Jaguar decided to target a whole new demographic-aspiring young people and couples largely new to the brand, the brand decided the resulting SUV needed to stay true to the brand ethos.

1,234 litres of boot space, anyone?

When you are the heir to greatness on road and track, there is a lot to live up to. So when Jaguar decided to target a whole new demographic-aspiring young people and couples largely new to the brand, the brand decided the resulting SUV needed to stay true to the brand ethos.

Jaguar positions the five-seat E-Pace compact SUV as its most playful model, and a huge focus during the global launch was on its practicality. And here are a few among many key highlights:

Space, Space, Space

It’s amazing how the brand has utilized the storage areas on the E-Pace. A central cubby box hold a tablet securely, while the 10 litres of space in the glovebox and almost the same in the two front door bins. In the boot there’s 577 litres of luggage space, with the rear seats in place. Fold the rear seats, and you get a massive 1,234 litres of space.

The touch factor

The E-PACE comes with the Gesture Tailgate feature, meaning you don’t need to be able to reach in your pocket for the key when you want to open the boot, just use your foot. And there’s the fully waterproof and shockproof Jaguar’s Activity Key, a wristband that you can substitute for the conventional key when that’s just not practical.

Connectivity

Every E-PACE features the latest generation of Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainment system. Natural voice control technology, a 10-inch touchscreen interface and a customisable home screen make interactions with the system quick, simple and highly intuitive. Digital connectivity can be found throughout the cabin. There are up to four 12-volt charging points and five USB connections as well as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.

That TFT display

The E-PACE is the first Jaguar to feature the company’s next-generation Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) Head-Up Display technology. The advanced display can project up to 66 per cent more information onto the windscreen using large, full-colour graphics with enhanced clarity. Essential information including vehicle speed and navigation directions are in full view at all times, with alerts and updates for the infotainment, safety and convenience features all projected directly into the driver’s eyeline – reducing the need to look away from the road.

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Adaptive Dynamics

The Adaptive Dynamics set-up senses driver input, body and wheel movements and pre-emptively loads the suspension and chassis and adjusts the damping for improved roll control and agility in all conditions.

Active Driveline

This all-wheel drive system is a technological first for Jaguar. With this, on the highway the E-Pace is front-wheel drive, but can re-engage all-wheel drive in just 300 milliseconds if detects any slip, or a change in conditions. The Active Driveline’s software takes care of understeer and oversteer, to the point where it will allow all-wheel drifts on the right surfaces, and can even imitate how a locking rear differential works for ultimate grip and traction.

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There are many key points here. A stereo camera underpins the advanced Emergency Braking system, which also provides pedestrian detection, and supports Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition, as well as the Adaptive Speed Limiter, and Driver Condition Monitor features. Front and Rear Parking Aids are standard on every E-Pace. The camera also combines with the electric power assisted steering system to deliver a Blind Spot Assist function. A new Forward Traffic Detection system also warns drivers of approaching vehicles at junctions where visibility is restricted. Advanced active safety features include a very intriguing pedestrian airbag, which deploys from beneath the trailing edge of the bonnet to enhance pedestrian protection in the event of a collision.

Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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