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Eric's Autos: 2022 Jaguar E-Pace

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A Jaguar crossover SUV is a strange cat. What's next? KISS releasing a country record?

But then, no one wants to see Gene Simmons in a cowboy hat singing about his pick-up truck. On the other hand, crossovers are the in-thing. They are becoming almost the only thing.

Even for a company such as Jaguar that was known for its cars -- which it hardly makes anymore. Of the three models it still offers for 2022, two of them aren't cars.

Including the E-Pace.

What It Is

Despite the name, the E-Pace isn't electric -- at least, not as it comes.

 

This compact-sized, two-row crossover SUV comes standard with what will probably be Jaguar's last stand-alone internal combustion engine, the company having publicly said it will build only electric or at least partially electric (i.e., hybrid) vehicles by 2025.

The $40,995 to start P250 version is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel-drive.

A top-of-the-line P300, which stickers for $49,495, is partially electrified. It also has the 2.0-liter turbo'd four under its hood, but it's paired with a mild hybrid system that keeps the internal combustion engine off as often as possible.

Interestingly, this does not save gas. The hybrid P300 rates virtually the same gas mileage as the non-hybrid P250 -- 20 city/26 highway versus 21 city/26 highway.

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