Like its big brother the F-Pace, the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace is due for a refresh. The update comes a year earlier than expected, but the changes shouldn’t be major. Expect a few styling tweaks and some extra tech, but the crossover will likely keep the same powertrains.
The grille shape has been squared off in the new model. The headlights are slimmer, and the front bumper sports smaller vents. The overall profile will remain the same, and we expect similar minor changes at the rear end.
If any changes are coming to the interior, they’re still a mystery. We expect a larger infotainment screen, at least. We liked last year’s model for its cabin space, but wouldn’t mind a few upgrades to interior materials.
The outgoing E-Pace shares its engine with the base F-Pace: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine sends 246 horsepower through a nine-speed automatic transmission. In higher trims, the engine gets tuned up to 296 hp.
It’s possible that Jaguar will replace this powertrain with a mild-hybrid set up currently in use on the Range Rover Evoque. Led by the all-electric I-Pace, the brand has been steadily revamping its powertrain lineup for performance and efficiency.
Low sales volume means that the E-Pace won’t be rated by federal or independent safety testers. The crossover does come with encouraging active safety tech: automatic emergency braking and active lane control are included on every E-Pace. Adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors are on the upgrade menu.