Jaguar’s baby SUV gets a mid-life update, with new 1.5-litre mild hybrid drivetrain; priced at S$189,999 with COE, plug-in hybrid model also available
The slew of SUV launches in Singapore continues apace, and the latest to arrive here is the facelifted Jaguar E-Pace, which gets a new 1.5-litre engine with a mild hybrid drivetrain as part of its mid-life update. This version retails for S$189,999 inclusive of COE, but there is also a plug-in hybrid version that’s available on an indent basis.
The E-Pace’s new 1.5-litre three-cylinder powerplant develops 160hp and 260Nm of torque, and replaces the previous version’s 2.0-litre engine. Crucially, the new car’s 48V mild hybrid drivetrain allows the E-Pace to drop from VES band C2 (which nets a S$20,000 penalty) to the neutral band B. As a result, the updated E-Pace’s list price is some S$17,000 cheaper than the pre-facelift model.
The 1.5-litre mild hybrid model is the sole variant of the E-Pace one can purchase off the showroom floor here, but local Jaguar dealer Wearnes Automotive says that other variants are also available on an indent basis if customers request for them. They include models with the outgoing 2.0-litre engine with outputs ranging from 200hp to 300hp, as well as a new plug-in hybrid version which develops 309hp in total output and is equipped with all-wheel-drive.
The plug-in hybrid model uses the same 1.5-litre engine as the base model, but which develops 200hp on its own, mated to an electric motor at the rear axle that produces 109hp. The car can travel up to 68km on EV mode, and is also able to accept fast charging, with Jaguar claiming that the battery can be topped up from zero to 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes using a 32kW DC fast charger.
Externally, the E-Pace gets only subtle updates, with redesigned LED headlights and a new grille. There are more significant changes on the interior, with the car getting a new 11.4-inch Pivi Pro infotainment system, as well as the all-digital Interactive Driver Display instrument cluster. Jaguar has also upped the equipment count on the F-Pace, with items such as a wireless smartphone charger, as well as driver assistance functions like emergency brake assist and lane keeping assist now available as standard.
The E-Pace faces a an increasingly crowded and competitive luxury small SUV market, with the likes of the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA all within striking range of the Jaguar’s price point. There is also Lexus’ UX, which recently launched a full battery EV version to offer an alternative for those looking for a true emissions-free contender in this class.