Mild facelift for cute compact SUV

Jaguar is in the process of overhauling its lineup as it prepares to fully embrace electrification. This will be highlighted by a new design theme to be introduced as Jaguar redesigns its XJ flagship with battery-electric power.

Existing models will also receive influences of the new design theme, including the E-Pace compact crossover SUV as evidenced by a camouflaged prototype spotted testing once again.

The prototype appears to feature new fascias front and rear, plus new internals for the headlights. There doesn’t appear to be any tweaks to the taillights at this stage, though this could change on more advanced prototypes.

2022 Jaguar E-Pace facelift spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

There could also be tweaks to the interior, because we can see some camouflage on the dash in some of the shots. A new digital instrument cluster and a larger infotainment screen are possible, which we saw with updated versions of the F-Pace and XF coming for the 2021 model year.

It isn’t clear what powertrain changes are planned, though a mild-hybrid system borrowed from the related Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is likely. This is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with a belt-driven motor-generator. Rather than adding power, the motor-generator is used to recover energy under braking and aid the engine or enable coasting with the engine switched off to save fuel. The E-Pace is currently available with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with outputs of 246 and 296 horsepower.

The E-Pace arrived for the 2018 model year. This updated version is expected sometime in 2021 as a 2022 model. As mentioned above, there are updated F-Pace and XF models. These will go on sale later this year as 2021 models. The redesigned XJ should follow in 2021 as a 2022 model, along with this updated E-Pace, and eventually we’ll see a J-Pace mid-size SUV in Jaguar showrooms. Sadly, the XE will be dropped after 2020.

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