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Jaguar launches E-Pace compact SUV in Korea

Apr 17,2018
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Jaguar Korea CEO Baek Jung-hyun poses next to the British premium carmaker’s small SUV E-Pace at the launch event in central Seoul on Monday. [JAGUAR LAND ROVER KOREA]
Jaguar Korea added one more option to the burgeoning subcompact SUV industry in Korea with its latest E-Pace model launched on Monday.

The E-Pace is the third vehicle in the British automaker’s SUV lineup to be introduced in Korea after the midsize SUV F-Pace and electric I-Pace.

The five-seater and all-wheel drive SUV has been designed with the sports car DNA found in Jaguar’s flagship F-Type performance vehicle.

The sideline connecting the front grille with the rear spoiler has been proportioned in correspondence with a sports car.

It also features the carmaker’s signature J-shaped DRLs.

Despite it being topped with Jaguar’s premium design features, the E-Pace is still reasonably priced.

The base trim starts at 55.3 million won ($51,500). The price of the larger F-Pace starts from 70 million won.

All versions of the E-Pace are equipped with an Ingenium 2.0-liter (0.52 gallon) 4-cylinder turbo charger petrol engine.

The engine emits 249 maximum horsepower and 37.2 kilograms per meter (25 pounds per feet) maximum torque.

Keeping up with the trend of installing partially autonomous technology in newly launched cars, the Jaguar E-Pace has been equipped with a range of advanced driver assistance systems features such as lane-keeping and parking assist.

“The E-Pace gives a performance driving experience and distinctive British vibe that are only available in Jaguar cars,” said Baek Jung-hyun, CEO of Jaguar Korea, at a launch event in central Seoul Monday.

“But at the same time, we broke down the entry barriers [of the brand],” he added.

Small or midsize SUVs from imported brands are expected to face tough competition in Korea this year.

American brand Jeep will introduce a partially revamped version of its midsize SUV Cherokee, while Volkswagen Korea will introduce a new generation of its bestselling Tiguan in the next few months.


BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]