The Jaguar E-Pace has been spied with production-ready body work during winter testing in northern Europe.
Judging by the car’s proportions, primarily the proximity of the front wheel arch to the front doors, the new E-Pace looks to be based on a front- and all-wheel drive platform.
D8, which dates back to Ford’s ownership of Jaguar and Land Rover, underpins the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport, and is related to the previous generation Ford Mondeo, as well as the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80.
Compared to the aluminium intensive rear- and all-wheel drive platform used for the XE, XF and F-Pace, the older all-steel D8 platform should result in a car that’s not only cheaper to produce, but also more space efficient.
Power for the E-Pace will likely courtesy of 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from Jaguar’s Ingenium family.
Stylistically, the E-Pace shouldn’t venture too far from the path laid out by the larger F-Pace, while the raked rear windscreen suggests that it will be pitched as a more sporty alternative to its Land Rover cousin.
Rumours suggest that the E-Pace will make its global debut around the middle of 2017.
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