Jaguar E-Pace gets tech and engine update
11 June 2018
Author: Sean Keywood
Jaguar has added new technology and an extra engine option to its E-Pace SUV range.
Among the new features is the Smart Settings artificial intelligence system, which recently debuted on the I-Pace electric car.
Smart Settings recognises the car's driver based on a key fob and smartphone Bluetooth signal, and adjusts the seat, climate and infotainment system based on the driver's normal preferences.
Over time, algorithms tailor settings based on time, location, weather and behaviour patterns, such as pre-heating the steering wheel and seats on a cold day, or changing the media source on a particular day of the week or time of day. Up to eight different driver profiles can be set up.
Also newly available on E-Pace cars equipped with 250hp petrol and 240hp diesel engines and upwards is the Adaptive Dynamics suspension system, which monitors vehicle movements every two milliseconds and calculates the required damping force every ten milliseconds to respond instantly to driver inputs and road surface changes, providing greater control and minimising body roll.
Jaguar says rough surfaces and off-road conditions are also sensed immediately, with the damping responding accordingly.
Drivers are able to choose between normal and dynamic system settings, with normal mode focusing on comfort, and dynamic mode calibrated to provide increased body control and road holding.
The newly available engine is a 200hp 2.0-litre petrol engine, for which Jaguar estimates combined fuel economy of 34.4mpg, CO2 emissions of 186g/km, and a 0-60mph acceleration time of 7.7 seconds.