Following its larger sibling's success, the Jaguar E-Pace will be revealed on July 13 and according to AutoCar, it has a confirmed starting price of less than £28,500.
Now is a good time for manufacturers to release more SUVs with segment sales on the rise compared to last year. Jaguar alone saw a 83% increase in global sales for the 2016/17 year and leading the charge was the F-Pace.
Following suit is the smaller E-Pace which is expected to surpass its larger sibling and compete against the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, both of which boasts sales numbers in the six digits. Making it more appealing compared to the Q3 is a competitive MSRP of less than £28,500, thought that's around the same price as the X1.
Moving its LR-MS steel platform are 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines with a 237bhp 2.0-litre diesel and a 247bhp 2.0-litre petrol made available in the higher trims. Those interested in one can get an E-Pace with either front or four-wheel drive and choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and an eight-speed auto transmission.
Following the initial release could be a rumored hybrid variant, a first for Jaguar. If proven to be true, the hybrid E-Pace will most likely share the 'MHEV' system already used in the Evoque and Discovery Sport, a system that combines a motor with a three-cylinder 1.5-litre Ingenium diesel engine.
The E-Pace will be fully unveiled next month and it is expected to go on sale late this year or early 2018.