Jaguar E-Pace gets an entry-level petrol engine and smart suspension

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Other engines already available in the E-Pace include 250PS and 300PS versions of the same 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine, as well as a 2.0-litre diesel with 150, 180 or 240PS.

The Jaguar E-Pace is available to order now, priced from £28,500.

Jaguar has revealed new tech upgrades for its E-Pace small SUV, which will see the vehicle equipped with artificial intelligence that learns your preferences and adapts the auto accordingly.

Tech-wise, the E-Pace also gets Jag's Smart Settings feature introduced initially on the I-Pace EV.

The E-Pace will now recognise a driver based on both their key and their phone's Bluetooth - adjusting the seat, climate and infotainment based on their usual preference.

Drivers can select Normal and Dynamic settings for the Adaptive Dampers through the Configurable Dynamics menu in the Jaguar Drive Control system. So it can, for example, know to pre-heat the steering wheel and seats on a cold morning, or queue up a playlist based on the time of day.

The Predictive Call List feature learns patterns of phone use to suggest calling certain people in your phonebook at a certain time.

It also comes with 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.

The adaptive suspension offered in the E-Pace uses continuously variable damper technology with a triple-tube design and externally mounted hydraulic valves. This, Jaguar said, provides greater scope to tune the balance between handling responses and body control. The intelligent set-up delivers faster responses and a dedicated off-road tune. Adaptive Dynamics monitor the vehicle's movements every two milliseconds and change the damping accordingly to reduce body roll and improve the ride.

The British brand has announced it will expand the line-up for its little E-Pace luxury SUV, which already features a not so little range of 38 variants. Fuel economy is claimed to be 34.4mpg, while Carbon dioxide is a claimed 186g/km - higher, currently, than the higher-powered variants of the E-Pace, but these will rise once the new WLTP testing system comes into force.

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