Jaguar E-Pace gets tech and engine update

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Now, the new features will broaden the overall appeal of the small SUV.

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.

New updates for Tata Motors-owned Jaguar's E-Pace compact SUV launched past year include "self-learning" Smart Settings technology, Adaptive Dynamics suspension and a new 200PS Ingenium petrol engine option. The system recognises different drivers based on which key they used to unlock/start the vehicle and the Bluetooth signal from their phone, then adjusts various parameters to suit. Up to eight profiles can be set up on the Jaguar E-PACE, making it a worthwhile offering for fleets users and those who share their vehicle.

Over time, this will retain a driver's preferred requirements using algorithms based on time, location, weather and behaviour patterns.

An intelligent phone function will automatically surface contacts around the time the driver usually calls them, too.

The adaptive suspension offered in the E-Pace uses continuously variable damper technology with a triple-tube design and externally mounted hydraulic valves.

Adaptive Dynamics provides greater scope to tune the balance between handling responses and body control. At 186g/kg, the emissions of the new 2.0-liter are higher than the more powerful engines already offered in the E-Pace, but the emissions of those two will rise when the new WLTP testing system comes into full force.

The new Ingenium four-cylinder turbo petrol produces 147kW of power, good for a claimed 7.7-second sprint to 60mph (97km/h) and 34.4mpg (8.2L/100km) on the combined cycle. The highly efficient filters are neatly integrated to the after-treatment system and trap ultrafine particulates as the exhaust gases pass through.

The new technology joins the line up alongside Adaptive Dynamics, a system which alters the suspension settings to suit differing road surfaces and driving styles. In a petrol engine, under normal driving conditions, the trapped soot will be oxidised into Carbon dioxide and the filter regenerated whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator.