Cub with claws

The fun and engaging E-Pace has the latest rendition of Jaguar's Touch Pro infotainment system with voice control and a multi-function steering wheel.
The fun and engaging E-Pace has the latest rendition of Jaguar's Touch Pro infotainment system with voice control and a multi-function steering wheel.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Jaguar's E-Pace may be a junior crossover, but it is fiercer, sharper and louder than its F-Pace big brother

Jaguar may be positioning the E-Pace as its cub crossover, but if you think the car is a timid kitten, you have got another think coming.

The test car, looking like a compressed F-Pace, is powered by a familiar 2-litre turbo engine paired with a less familiar nine-speed autobox. The powertrain sends 249hp and 365Nm to all wheels sited at four corners of the compact crossover. Even though it does not have the lightweight aluminium construction of its bigger brother, the smaller E-Pace pounces energetically and growls angrily.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2018, with the headline 'Cub with claws'. Print Edition | Subscribe