The 2018 E-Pace Drinks More Than Its Bigger Brother

Steph Willems
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the 2018 e pace drinks more than its bigger brother

Just to clear things up right off the bat, Jaguar’s newest model, the E-Pace, is not the brand’s upcoming electric sport crossover. That’s the I-Pace. Because “I” stands for … ions, we presume.

No, the E-pace is the smaller answer to Jag customers looking for something less than an F-Pace, but not too much less. Riding on the Range Rover Evoque platform, the E-Pace boasts less overhang and a shorter overall length, while retaining the styling cues and handling of its popular larger sibling. However, despite being smaller in most dimensions, there’s one area where it actually tops the F-Pace: in consumption of fuel.

The Environmental Protection Agency has released fuel economy ratings for one of the 2018 E-Pace’s two configurations — this one the higher output 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder seen on higher-trim models. It’s good for 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels.

The combined rating bestowed on the hotter E-Pace is 23 miles per gallon. In the city, this E-Pace can expect to return 21 mpg, and 27 mpg on the highway.

However, buyers of a 2018 F-Pace equipped with the same engine can expect 24 mpg combined, helped along by a higher city rating of 22 mpg. Highway mileage is the same. Smaller to the eye doesn’t necessarily mean thriftier at the pumps — we saw this recently with the Nissan Rogue’s little brother, the Rogue Sport (Qashqai in Canada).

On the surface, the E-Pace’s ZF nine-speed automatic transmission, coupled by its smaller size, would seem to give it an advantage. However, the E-Pace, when equipped with the 296 hp engine, actually outweighs the F-Pace by 130 pounds. Its transmission also has a higher final drive ratio than its eight-speed sibling.

Still, a single MPG isn’t likely to muss anyone’s hair, as the E-Pace’s main job is to provide a lower entry point to Jag’s utility lineup. For $39,595 after delivery, the new SUV’s base MSRP is meaningfully lower than the $43,060 F-Pace. Base models of both vehicles make do with a 2.0-liter making 246 hp in the E-Pace, 247 hp in the F-Pace, and 269 lb-ft in both.

[Image: Jaguar Land Rover]

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  • Voyager Voyager on Nov 24, 2017

    I-Pace, E-Pace, sounds confusing. What about P-Face? Now there's a badge you won't forget lightly. ;-)

  • Tariqv Tariqv on Nov 25, 2017

    This thing wont sell well, maybe even worse than the e-pace; its too expensive, too badly proportioned and does not have good engine options...

  • Jeff NYC does have the right to access these charges and unless you are traveling on business or a necessity you don't have to drive or live in NYC. I have been in NYC a few times and I have absolutely no desire to go back. I can say the same thing about Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston where I lived for 29 years. A city can get too big where it is no longer livable for many. I was raised in West Houston near the Katy Freeway which is part of I-10. The Katy Freeway when I moved from Houston in 1987 was a 6 lane road--3 lanes on each side of the interstate with each side having side access roads which we called feeder roads for a total of 8 lanes. Today the Katy freeway has 26 lanes which include feeder roads. I went back to Houston in 2010 to see my father who was dying and lost any desire to go back. To expand the Katy Freeway it took thousands of businesses to be torn down. I read an article about future expansion of the Katy freeway that said the only way to expand it was to either put a deck above it or to go underground. One of the things the city was looking at was to have tolls during the peak hours of traffic. Houston is very flat and it is easier to expand the size of roads than in many eastern cities but how easy is it to expand a current road that already has 26 lanes and is one of the widest roads in the World. It seems that adding more lanes to the Katy freeway just expanded the amount of traffic and increased the need for more lanes. Just adding more lanes and expanding roads is not a long term solution especially when more homes and businesses are built in an area. There was rapid growth In Northern Kentucky when I lived in Hebron near the Northern Kentucky Cincinnati Airport. , Amazon built a terminal and facility onto the airport that was larger than the rest of the airport. Amazon built more warehouses, more homes were being built, and more businesses. Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties in Northern Kentucky are constantly expanding roads and repairing them. Also there is the Brent Spence Bridge which crosses the Ohio River into Cincinnati that is part of I-71 and I-75 and major North and South corridor. The bridge is 60 years old and is obsolete and is in severe disrepair. I-71 and I-75 are major corridors for truck transportation.
  • Art_Vandelay It's not like everyone is topping their ICE vehicles off and coasting into the gas station having used every last drop of fuel either though. Most people start looking to fill up at around a 1/4 of a tank. If you constantly run the thing out of gas your fuel pump would probably be unhappy. If you running your EV to zero daily you probably bought the wrong vehicle
  • ToolGuy Imagine how exciting the automotive landscape will be once other manufacturers catch up with Subaru's horizontally-opposed engine technology.
  • FreedMike Oh, and this..."While London likes to praise its own congestion charging for reducing traffic and increasing annual revenues, tourism has declined..."The reason London's tourism numbers are down is that the city has resumed its' "tourist tax." And why did the tourist tax get reimposed? Brexit.
  • Dukeisduke Eh, still a Nissan. Nope.