You wait ages for a Jaguar SUV, then three come alongside in fast succession. The F-Tempo arrived in 2016, profitable Auto Categorical and World Automobile of the Yr Awards within the course of. Then we noticed the gorgeous Jaguar I-Tempo electrical SUV idea unveiled on the LA Motor Present – it’s attributable to go on sale later in 2018.
However beating it into showrooms is that this, the brand new Jaguar E-Tempo. As you’ll count on, it sits beneath the F-Tempo in Jaguar’s line-up, and arrives in showrooms with costs beginning at £28,500.
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The E-Tempo additionally passes a few milestones: it’ll be the primary Jaguar to be constructed outdoors of the UK (at Magna Steyr’s plant in Graz, Austria), and it’s additionally the primary Jaguar to be accessible with front-wheel drive because the X-Sort.
Jaguar E-Tempo: dimensions and design particulars
Jaguar is eager for the E-Tempo to not be pigeonholed as a child F-Tempo with references to the F-Sort sports activities automobile evident within the inside and exterior design.
“I wished the connection with the F-Sort to be extra apparent,” Jaguar’s Chief Designer Ian Callum advised us.
That mentioned, internally the E-Tempo is known as the ‘cub’, hinting on the automobile’s relationship with the F-Tempo. That’s additionally cheekily referenced in a small graphic across the fringe of the windscreen with a mom Jaguar being adopted by her cub – it’s additionally used within the puddle lighting.
However whereas the E-Tempo has a daring, massive grille just like the F-Tempo, the extra upright all-LED entrance lights are extra within the fashion of the F-Sort giving the brand new SUV a glance all its personal.
“Our problem was to just accept all of the details about practicality which are essential in this sort of automobile and wrap it in a stupendous design. We wish character in all our vehicles,” Callum advised us.
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Measurement-wise, the E-Tempo is four.four meters lengthy – much like Audi’s Q3, though wanting decrease with its quicker roofline. “The sweeping-off roofline will get some velocity into the form,” says Callum, “with the cut-in graphics within the doorways breaking apart the perimeters.
“We’ve labored laborious on the crisp surfacing, too, whereas the automobile needed to have haunches.”
These haunches had been apparently difficult to engineer, however they add to the compact, sporty stance of the E-Tempo. As does the rear therapy with sharper strains that pull again in across the quantity plate encompass simply beneath the rear window. The hind lights function a wise new chicane graphic quite than the roundels on the present Jaguar vary – one thing we’ll see replicated on future fashions.
New Jaguar E-Tempo: inside and expertise
The cabin follows the F-Sort theme. “It’s very a lot based mostly on a sports activities automobile inside with simply sufficient brightwork to make you are feeling such as you’ve received worth,” Callum tells us. There’s a 360-degree seize deal with for the passenger on the facet of the centre console, identical to within the F-Sort, though the sprint itself is extra futuristic.
The motive force can specify a 12.Three-inch TFT digital instrument panel and a head-up show, whereas there’s a central 10.2-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system as normal on all fashions. Sadly you’ll nonetheless should make do with Jaguar’s InControl Professional suite of apps and connectivity quite than Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connections – that’s coming, ultimately, Jaguar guarantees. Rotary controls for the local weather management function their very own LED screens, however quite than use Jaguar’s rising rotary gear selector, there’s a sports activities stick shifter as a substitute.
Loads of consideration has been paid not solely to the element high quality of the inside, however the practicality, too. “Prospects need vehicles which are straightforward to make use of,” says Callum. So massive door cubbies will maintain huge water bottles, whereas the lidded storage between the 2 entrance seats is sufficiently big for a decent-size purse.
And in contrast to in lots of different SUVs, the doorways open proper to the underside of the automobile so that you received’t be cleansing soiled sills with the again of your trouser legs whenever you get out and in.
The boot is a spacious 577 litres with integral hyperlink suspension chosen for the rear, as a lot for its packaging advantages as its journey and dealing with traits – the boot flooring is low and the opening huge.
Though the E-Tempo is much like the Audi Q3 in size, it affords Q5 house inside, as chief engineer Gordon Wilkins defined: “We labored actually laborious to get the practicality proper. I’m 6’Three” and I’m in a position to sit within the again with the entrance seat set for me as a driver.”
In addition to the cupboard space inside, there’ll be as much as 5 USB factors for charging and a 4G wifi hotspot that may feed as much as eight units.
Jaguar E-Tempo: chassis and engines
The E-Tempo could also be in-built Austria (and ultimately in China for that market), however it shares a lot with the Vary Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport made in Halewood on Merseyside. The brand new automobile sits on a modified model of these fashions’ D8 platform, however with an extended wheelbase stretched to 2,681mm.
Wilkins can also be eager to emphasize how the E-Tempo has been given a Jaguar really feel: Configurable Dynamics expertise lets drivers personalise throttle, steering and transmission settings, whereas the Energetic Driveline and torque vectoring are set as much as make the automobile really feel like its rear-wheel drive. The steering has been closely reconfigured, too.
With engines mounted transversely the E-Tempo may even be accessible with front-wheel drive, with an engine line up from Jaguar Land Rover’s four-cylinder, 2.Zero-litre Ingenium household that includes guide or nine-speed auto gearboxes.
You’ve received a selection of 150PS, 180PS and 240PS output diesels, or a pair of petrol turbo engines with 249PS or 300PS. The least highly effective diesel claims CO2 output of 124g/km, whereas the 300PS petrol will get the E-Tempo from Zero-60mph in simply 5.9 seconds.
There’s no signal of any electrification of the E-Tempo with hybrid or plug-in fashions – the I-Tempo will convey that to Jaguar’s vary later in 2018 and be in-built the identical Austrian manufacturing unit. Nevertheless use of aluminium for the bonnet and facet panels, plus light-weight suspension parts, assist to maintain weight down and effectivity up – Wilkins quoted a beginning weight of 1700kg.
Jaguar E-Tempo: trim ranges and costs
Jaguar’s promising a excessive tools depend throughout S, SE and HSE trims with a sportier look inside and outside in the event you go for an R-Dynamic mannequin.
And as appears to be the development nowadays, the automobile will launch early subsequent 12 months with a First Version mannequin that’ll sit in direction of the top quality with loads of equipment on board and a value effectively above the entry-level two-wheel drive automobile’s £28,500 sticker. E-Tempo First Version patrons will be capable to select from three colors, whereas the remainder of the E-Tempo vary will likely be accessible with 11 totally different shades.
Jaguar E-Tempo Q and A with Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director
We grabbed Jaguar’s design director Ian Callum for an unique chat in regards to the new E-pace and what it means for the model…
The E-Tempo actually appears to be like like a mixture of Jaguar’s SUV design language – as seen on F-Tempo – and sports activities automobile cues from the F-Sort. Is that intentional?
Completely. We wished the E-Tempo to have its personal character, its personal place. So its headlights are from the F-Sort – and why shouldn’t we try this? It’s a Sports activities Utility Car, in spite of everything.
Nevertheless it’s laborious to make a sports activities automobile out of an SUV.
Nicely, after all the E-Tempo is essentially a taller automobile than the F-Sort. However components just like the silhouette actually give the attraction of a sports activities automobile. The window graphic drops off even additional on the rear of the automobile, and the roofline provides the E-Tempo an actual sense of velocity and dynamism. Nevertheless it additionally works for inside house.
Then alongside the facet you will have a line that runs from the headlights after which fades away, as if with the stroke of the pen, on the rear door. At that time there’s one other line showing above it, and the overlap of those two options on the rear ‘haunch’ is essential. Actually, they appear acquainted as a result of they’re off the F-Sort. They’re stunning strains. Let’s use them.
The cabin’s a mixture of components as effectively.
Sure, however there are many F-Sort components in there. First, I’m an enormous fan of tactile switches; I do know some folks like a single display with a number of controls however for me, in a Jaguar we should always have switches – so we’ve received the dial controls for the temperature, for instance. We had been actually impressed by digicam lenses in these.
Then there are F-Sort cues just like the sporty gearlever – not a rotary controller like on the F-Tempo – and the grab-handle centre console design. The steering wheel is much like an F-Sort’s too. You’ll really feel you’re in a sporty automobile, as it’s best to.
That is the primary automobile you’ve designed that’s essentially based mostly on a transverse-engined front-drive platform. Have been there any particular challenges?
The overhang past the entrance wheels can look a bit lengthy. We labored actually laborious on that. Ultimately we’ve chamfered off as a lot as we will across the corners to make it look as if the entrance wheels are literally additional ahead than they’re. It was difficult however I believe it’s labored.
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