Jaguar E-PACE US specs confirmed

Jaguar E-Pace launch countdown LIVE - New SUV price, specs and design to be revealed

The roof can be painted black, or fitted with panoramic glass.

Instead of just downsizing the F-Pace, Jaguar have instead looked towards the F-Type for inspiration when designing the E-Pace. There is grab handle that's for the passenger, which is similar to what you see in the F-Pace sports auto. Round climate controls live below a wide touchscreen and above the automatic shift lever. Torque vectoring by braking also features. Standard models make 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, but buyers can also choose a version offering 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both are part of Jaguar's in-house Ingenium engine family, and sport direct fuel injection, and twin-scroll and variable-geometry turbochargers. E-Pace models making less power will make the sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds (zero to 100 km/h in seven seconds flat), while any of the three E-Pace R-Dynamic models will do the same run in 5.9 seconds (zero to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds).

The 5-passenger, 2-row E-Pace will be offered in all-wheel drive only powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in two states of tune. 21-inch wheels will be optional, and there'll be either polished or satin chrome side fender vents, depending on whether you go for E-PACE or E-PACE R-Dynamic trims.

All-wheel-drive systems differ by output.

At 4395mm long, the E-Pace is some 336mm shorter than the F-Pace (and only millimetres longer than a Q3) but it is no lightweight with automatic AWD versions ranging from 1843 to 1926kg. The E-Pace will get Jaguar's latest active safety kit that will enable to E-Pace to automatically stop in the city or warn the driver of approaching traffic when pulling out of a tight junction with limited visibility. The front and rear suspension has been swapped out for a multi-link setup that will most likely make it feel like a baby F-Pace in its ride and handling.

There's also a new Adaptive Dynamics system that adjusts the E-Pace's damper settings every 10ms. The crossover's stability control has a low-speed mode that smooths out launches on mixed-traction surfaces.

No Jaguar comes without lots of power for its four paws, and the E-PACE will be no different.

One year after the Jaguar F-Pace crossover became the company's most popular and fastest-selling model, the company has unleashed a cub poised to follow in those profitable paw prints.

It might be compact, but beneath that suspiciously impractical-looking tailgate is an 806mm long luggage bay with space for 577 litres of cargo, and a quick sit in the back seat indicated adequate leg and head room for a pair of 182cm adults.

Inside the cabin there's plenty of stowage space, from the 8.4-litre large storage compartment between the front seat, to a generous 10-litre glovebox and the spacious 10.6-litre door bins. The traditional instrument binnacle is replaced by a 12.3-inch TFT screen, which will allow the driver to customise the view with navigation directions and speed limits.

A choice of two Meridian sound systems will also be on offer.

Orders can be placed now for an official winter 2017 on sale date.