Jaguar E-Pace P300e plug-in hybrid: specification and on-sale date
Jaguar E-Pace SUV gets plug-in hybrid power as part of a comprehensive facelift; P300e gets 305bhp and 34-mile electric range
This is the new Jaguar E-Pace P300e, a plug-in hybrid variant of the British brand's new-and-improved small SUV. Offered alongside a range of mild-hybrid petrol and diesel options, the new E-Pace is on sale now, with deliveries of the P300e starting in spring 2021.
The P300e is aimed squarely at rivals including the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 and BMW X1 xDrive25e, as well as its sister cars, the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e.
Power comes from a 197bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a 108bhp electric motor, with the former driving the front wheels and latter the rears. Total output is 305bhp, resulting in a claimed 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 134mph.
Jaguar claims the E-Pace P300e can travel up to 34 miles on electric power alone from a full charge of its 15kWh battery. Fast charging is supported at up to 32kW for a claimed 0-80% charge time of 30 minutes, with the same charge taking an hour and 24 minutes at 7kW from a conventional wallbox. A domestic three-pin supply will get the E-Pace's battery to 80% in five hours.
As has become the norm for plug-in hybrid cars, the E-Pace P300e can be operated in one of three driving modes: Hybrid, EV and Save. The first of these is the default and will switch between petrol and electric power as required to maximise efficiency; EV mode allows for all-electric running, while Save allows battery charge to be reserved for later in a journey.
Jaguar E-Pace P300e design, interior and technology
The new Jaguar E-Pace pairs its electrification with a new look inside and out, along with some welcome updates to its on-board technology. Outside, the E-Pace sports a new grille, revised LED headlights and a new bumper at the front, with a similar treatment to the rear that includes all-new LED tail-lights. Trim levels are S, SE and HSE, with each available in sporty R-Dynamic specification, which itself brings further styling changes.
Inside, the E-Pace's cabin gets a new steering wheel, drive selector and uprated materials throughout, plus an upgrade to Jaguar Land Rover's latest Pivi Pro infotainment system. This incorporates an 11.4-inch central touchscreen that's curved to match the contour of the centre console, plus a 12.3-inch digital dial setup, which Jaguar calls the Interactive Driver Display.
Pivi Pro gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard, along with music streaming, Google and Outlook calendar integration and the ability to connect two phones at once via Bluetooth. Crucially, the system supports over-the-air updates and should therefore feel fresher for longer.
A set of the latest active driver assistance and safety systems features, including optional adaptive Pixel LED headlights, a roof-mounted rear-view camera that can be viewed through the rear-view mirror, plus Jaguar's 3D Surround Camera system, which offers views all around the vehicle and even underneath it. Adaptive cruise control and driver condition monitoring also feature.
Other technological highlights include an uprated interior filtration and air ionisation system, plus the option of a 12 or 14-speaker Meridian sound system with noise-cancelling technology.
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