For yesterday's E-PACE launch Jaguar also partnered with HTC Vive to reveal the new design via VR technology. A 2 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine exists at the core of this vehicle. The R-Dynamic version begins at $48,245.
That entry price will buy you a front-wheel-drive vehicle with a six-speed manual gearbox, but most versions of the E-Pace are likely to have four-wheel drive and an eight-speed auto 'box.
However, unlike in previous years, Hicks sees petrol engines making a fightback, taking perhaps 20% of total E-Pace sales, in contrast to the overall range's recent historical 90/10 split in favour in diesel.
"We wanted something sporty so instead of doing something that was in keeping with other SUVs we went right to the other end and we emulated our F-Type sports auto", he said.
The front is distinctively similar to the F-Type and there has been a conscious effort from the company to give it that appeal. Sculpted rear fenders and Jaguar's new chicane graphics visible on the lower door panels and within the rear taillamps accentuate the design. There will also be an R Dynamic version of each, meaning sportier exterior additions such as the more aggressive front bumper with mesh-grille openings, and 21-inch alloy wheels are available. The base motor makes 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, and puts that power to the ground via a standard all-wheel-drive system.
As for the E-Pace, it is just what the populace wanted in the first place. The grab handle that wraps around the centre console, to the steering wheel, to the pistol-grip automatic gear shifter all resembles the F-Type cabin. The E-Pace is 4,345mm long, 1,984mm wide and 1,649mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,681mm. The dashboard gets a 10-inch touchscreen and Jaguar's Touch Pro infotainment system, while the E-PACE can optionally be outfitted with a 12.3-inch digital display for the driver's instrumentation, along with a color head-up display. Connectivity will also be a strong selling point, the car's 4G wi-fi hotspot providing content streaming through up to eight devices simultaneously, while a Touch Pro infotainment system will allow occupants to access their favourite smart device apps through the vehicle. All five occupants get their own USB charging point and there are four 12v charging points.
The five-seater SUV will boast 577 litres of boot capacity, while the 60/40 split folding rear seats will provide 1234 litres of space.
The E-Pace will also be the first front-wheel-drive Jaguar to go on sale since the X-Type saloon, that ceased production in 2009. Available active-safety features include a blind-spot monitor, a 360-degree camera, parking assist, and automated emergency braking. If you want full electric, you'll have to wait for the I-PACE EV that's due in 2018.