Jaguar E-Pace bags new engine, can now learn the driver's habits

Image Khaya Dolodolo

Image Khaya Dolodolo

That's a feature that many vehicles already offer, but Jaguar's goes further by integrating artificial intelligence to learn the driver's preferences based not only on how he or she left it last, but incorporate time, location, weather, and behavior patterns to adjust settings more intelligently.

The E-Pace compact SUV is already proving to be a considerable success for Jaguar. But times have changed - rather quickly.

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The 200PS model completes the 0-60mph sprint in 7.7 seconds, delivering fuel economy of 34.4 mpg (8.2 l/100km) and Carbon dioxide emissions of 186 g/km. That's less economical than its more powerful siblings, but that's down to the changeover to WLTP testing figures, so you can be sure the more powerful options will see their economy figures revised shortly.

The new petrol engine is a 2.0-litre Ingenium unit, which develops 197bhp.

The new self-learning system is called Smart Settings, and while it made its debut on the new I-Pace electric vehicle, the E-Pace application will be the first that's widely available to the public.

The E-Pace will now recognise a driver based on both their key and their phone's Bluetooth - adjusting the seat, climate and infotainment based on their usual preference. If trends and algorithms can be observed - the auto being started at a particular time each day, for example - it allows the vehicle to be tailored automatically to such conditions. The Smart Settings is offered as part of the Connect Pro Pack, which also consists of a 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot, Pro Services and navigation. It monitors body movement every two milliseconds and tweaks the dampers accordingly, in an attempt to deliver a relaxed ride on rough roads, and a sporty one when the driver demands. The highly efficient filters are neatly integrated to the after-treatment system and trap ultrafine particulates as the exhaust gases pass through.

And if it's a bit cold outside, the E-Pace will crank up the heater. 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, Jaguar said.

Although adaptive suspension isn't new to Jaguar, it wasn't available with the E-Pace when it was launched a year ago.