New Jaguar E-Pace SUV to be revealed tonight
So far, we've only seen teaser images, but Jaguar's new small SUV will be fully revealed tonight, along with prices and spec details...
Jaguar's second SUV, the E-Pace, will be revealed tonight at 8pm, with the new model likely to quickly replace the bigger and more expensive F-Pace as its most popular model.
Ahead of the reveal, Jaguar has released a teaser image (below) that shows the design of the car's rear lights. They closely resemble those of the electric Jaguar I-Pace concept which was shown at the 2016 Los Angeles motor show.
A second official image shows the E-Pace alongside the F-pace and I-Pace, revealing that the E-Pace has bigger, more aggressive front air vents than its siblings, and side windows that taper to a point at the rear of the car, much as the F-Type sports car's do.
That entry price will buy you a front-wheel-drive car 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. Power, meanwhile, will come from a range of turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines already found in other Jaguars.
Under the skin, the E-Pace is closely related to sister brand Land Rover's Discovery Sport – a former What Car? Award winner. However, Jaguar is promising that the E-Pace will combine everyday SUV practicality with "sports car design and agility", which suggests it will have sharper handling than the Land Rover.
Next year, the E-Pace will be followed into showrooms by a production version of the I-Pace that's expected to be priced from about £60,000, while a larger model – possibly called the J-Pace – is expected in 2020.
Other small SUVs coming soon
Hyundai Kona (October 2017)
The third (and smallest) SUV in Hyundai's range will cost from around £15,000, making it a rival to the big-selling Nissan Juke. Initially, it will be available with 1.0 and 1.6-litre petrol engines, while a 1.6-litre diesel will be added to the range next summer. Standard equipment includes a 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system, lane-keeping assistance and a driver attention monitor.
Kia Stonic (October 2017)
Hyundai's sister brand, Kia, will get its own version of the Kona, called the Stonic. The two cars are pretty much identical under the skin, but Kia is putting greater emphasis on personalisation options, including 20 different two-tone paint combinations, with five roof colours.
Jeep Compass (December 2017)
Seat Arona (December 2017)
Seat's first SUV, the Ateca, has proved such a hit with buyers that it's the most-read review on Whatcar.com. And, like Jaguar, Seat is looking to build on its initial success in the sector by launching a second, smaller model. The Arona is expected to be styled in a similar vein to the Ateca, but unlike that car it won't be available with four-wheel drive. The engine range will be shared with the Ibiza hatchback.