Jaguar’s First EV: The E-Pace Compact SUV

Spy photos have been circulating for months of what was believed to be a Jaguar battery electric small crossover SUV. Now, British publication Autocar confirms the vehicle has the green light for production.

The electric Jaguar is expected to debut by the end of the year and go on sale in 2018.

There is no official name, but E-Pace is a good possibility since Jaguar has trademarked the name and it follows in line with the larger F-Pace SUV (above photo).

It’s a bit of a surprise that Jaguar will have an electric vehicle before Land Rover. Last year Land Rover unveiled the Evoque_e, a scalable EV platform that will underpin the new Jaguar.

Styling of the E-Pace has been signed off Autocar is reporting, and is believed to be smaller than the F-Pace with a lower roofline and more distinctive style lines.

The emphasis will be on performance and handling as well as refinement. The aim is to build an EV that says a serious performance car can be battery powered.

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Jaguar will play off its just introduced Formula E electric race car with some of the technology finding its way into the small SUV.

The E-Pace will be all-wheel drive with electric motors engineered in house. Called electric axle drive (EAD), they are designed to be less expensive and longer lasting than existing ones a source told Autocar.

The front motor produces 114 horsepower and sends power to the front wheels via a single-speed transmission. The rear 195 hp motor drives through a two-speed transmission.

Combined output is 308 hp, but torque numbers haven’t been revealed.

The future Land Rover EV will be larger than the E-Pace and is not likely to arrive before 2019.