2021 Jaguar E-PACE: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Willis Kuelthau
Automotive Editor - June 25, 2020

Model Preview

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.

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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.

Pricing & Release Date

Jaguar has yet to announce an official release date, but expect the new E-Pace to debut sometime this summer.

Pricing should remain in the same ballpark as the 2020 model. Last year’s base trim started at $40,945 (after destination fees), while a fully loaded E-Pace R-Dynamic pushes $54,455. Jaguar subdivides these categories into five trims with confusing nomenclature: Base, SE, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE, and R-Dynamic HSE.

2020’s E-Pace also brought a Checkered Flag special edition. The upgrades were purely cosmetic, and it’s unclear if the model will last into 2021.

The E-Pace faces off against other bite-sized luxury crossovers. Its biggest competitors include the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, and BMW X1. Jaguar Land Rover itself makes an alternative in the Range Rover Evoque.

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Pictured: 2020 Jaguar E-PACE

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