Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV comes out for testing – first pics

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Jaguar E-Pace, the smallest SUV in the British brand’s portofolio is out for testing and our spies have already caught it on camera. Positioned right below the current F-Pace, the future compact SUV will launch in 2017.

The test mule photographed by Automedia is based on the Range Rover Evoque but clearly features a different, F-Pace inspired nose cone and grille design. At closer inspection, the wheelbase also appears to be slightly longer compared to the junior Range.

Expected to be called E-Pace, the baby Jaguar SUV will be related to today’s Land Rover Discovery Sport, using its steel platform, instead of the more sophisticated aluminium architecture dedicated to the bigger F-Pace.

The E-Pace will be a strict five-seater with sporting handling and performance at the very top of Jaguar’s agenda. The engine range will also reflect the sporty nature of the baby SUV. The Ingenium units found in the XE – lean and powerful; will be featured prominently across the range. A hybrid model is also in the cards, according to first rumors.

Price-wise, the future Jaguar E-Pace should significantly undercut the current F-Pace, competing with relatively affordable premium rivals like the BMW X1 and Mercedes’ own GLA best-seller.