Jaguar E-Pace 2018 tech update

Jaguar E-Pace improved with adaptive suspension, AI tech

Jaguar E-Pace 2018 tech updateWhen we first drove the Jaguar E-Pace, we felt that it was fun, but could be better still with adaptive suspension. This would take the edge off its firm ride; it seems Jaguar agrees, because the E-Pace can now be ordered with Adaptive Dynamics variable dampers.

The triple-tube dampers add intelligence to the ride. Body movements are monitored every 2 milliseconds, and damping force recalculated every 10 milliseconds. Jaguar says it improves control and lessens body roll, but also takes the edge off rough road surfaces. It even improves off-road prowess.

We think they’ll be a must-have for the E-Pace. Jaguar has yet to confirm a price, but Adaptive Dynamics on the F-Pace costs around £1,000.

Jaguar E-Pace 2018 tech update

Also now available on the E-Pace, after debuting on the Jaguar I-Pace, is Smart Settings technology. Included with the Connect Pro Pack, this is Jaguar’s artificial intelligence self-learning technology, which promises to pick up driver habits over time and anticipate their needs.

It does this by recognising the driver, either via their smartphone Bluetooth signal or their keyfob. Seat, climate and infotainment will automatically be adjusted – and, in time, other settings will be tailored based on driver patterns. These include:

  • Pre-heating the steering wheel and seats when it’s cold
  • Changing the media source on a particular time of day (if, say, you switch from BBC 6Music to PM on Radio 4 at 5pm)
  • A Predictive Call List that learns patterns of phone use and brings up contacts at the time you call them most
  • An Intelligent Phone Reminder that alerts you if you forget your smartphone!

Jaguar’s put together a video on what Smart Settings can do.

A new engine has been added to the E-Pace portfolio, too: a cheaper 200hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor, in response to customers’ growing preference for petrol power. Priced from £33,260, it does 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds, 34.4mpg and emits 186g/km CO2.

Jaguar E-Pace 2018 tech update

The 2.0-litre turbodiesel, meanwhile, is priced from £28,545; it does 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds, 60.1mpg, and emits 124g/km CO2.

All E-Pace engines are now fitted with particulate filters, adds Jaguar – even the petrol ones. These trap ultra-fine particles; in the petrols, trapped soot is regenerated into CO2 every time the driver lifts off the accelerator.