Jaguar’s baby SUV E-Pace has received some updates. These include ‘self-learning’ Smart Settings technology, an Adaptive Dynamics suspension set-up and a new petrol option.
To begin with, the E-Pace now features Jaguar’s self-learning technology called Smart Settings. Debuted on the all-electric I-Pace, Smart Settings learns the driver’s habits and anticipates their needs to make their life easier.
The E-Pace recognizes the approaching driver, based on both the key fob and smartphone Bluetooth signal. The vehicle will then adjust the seat, climate and infotainment system based on the driver’s normal preference.
Over time, algorithms tailor the settings based on time, location, weather and behavior patterns – for example, pre-heating the steering wheel and seats on a cold day, or changing the media source on a particular day of the week or time of day. Up to 8 profiles can be set up on the E-Pace, making it a worthwhile offering for fleets users and those who share their vehicle.
Furthermore, the Intelligent Phone Reminder function will also tell the driver if they forget their smartphone, while the Predictive Call List learns patterns of phone use to cue up popular contacts at the appropriate time.
Smart Settings is offered as part of the Connect Pro Pack, which also consists of a 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot, Pro Services and Navigation Pro – offering real-time traffic information, door-to-door routing from your smartphone, street view and parking availability.
Also new on the E-Pace is Adaptive Dynamics – continuously variable damper technology. The technology monitors vehicle movements every 2 milliseconds and calculates the required damping force every 10 milliseconds to respond instantly to the driver’s inputs and road surface changes, providing greater control and minimizing body roll. Rough surfaces and off-road conditions are sensed immediately, and the damping adapts accordingly, Jaguar said.
Drivers can select Normal and Dynamic settings for the Adaptive Dampers through the Configurable Dynamics menu in the Jaguar Drive Control system. The Normal mode focuses on comfort while the Dynamic setting is calibrated to provide increased body control and road holding, enhancing driver confidence behind the wheel.
The 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine is now available in 200PS tune. This model completes the 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 7.7 (8.2) seconds, delivering a claimed fuel economy of 34.4 mpg (8.2 l/100 km) and CO2 emissions of 186 g/km.
The E-Pace was globally revealed in July 2017. More here.