Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Jaguar adds new engine and AI tech to E-Pace range

Jaguar adds new engine and AI tech to E-Pace range

Jaguar has updated the all-new E-Pace with a "self-learning" Smart Settings technology and an Adaptive Dynamics suspension set-up.

The record-breaking Jaguar E-PACE is now even more connected and comfortable. But times have changed - rather quickly.

The British brand has announced it will expand the line-up for its little E-Pace luxury SUV, which already features a not so little range of 38 variants.

The new Ingenium four-cylinder turbo petrol produces 147kW of power, good for a claimed 7.7-second sprint to 60mph (97km/h) and 34.4mpg (8.2L/100km) on the combined cycle. That's less economical than its more powerful siblings, but that's down to the changeover to WLTP testing figures, so you can be sure the more powerful options will see their economy figures revised shortly.

Alongside the new engine, Jaguar's introducing clever self-learning technology dubbed Smart Settings.

The system is created to learn the driver's habits and anticipate their needs to make life easier.

Jaguar says that the auto will be able to recognise drivers as they approach the vehicle, based on their key fob and their phone's Bluetooth signal.

Although adaptive suspension isn't new to Jaguar, it wasn't available with the E-Pace when it was launched past year. The Smart System over time can also tailor- make the settings depending on time, location, weather and behaviour patterns.

The Predictive Call List feature learns patterns of phone use to suggest calling certain people in your phonebook at a certain time.

Adaptive Dynamics monitors vehicle movements every 2 milliseconds and calculates the required damping force every 10 milliseconds to respond instantly to the driver's inputs and road surface changes, providing greater control and minimising body roll.

Smart Settings is offered as part of the optional Connect Pro Pack which also adds a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, Pro Services and Navigation Pro - offering real-time traffic information, door to door routing from a smartphone, street view and parking availability. It will then adjust the seat, climate control and the infotainment system according to the driver's preferences. The filters are integrated into the after-treatment system and trap ultrafine particulates as the exhaust gases pass through.

Smart Settings is part of the Connect Pro Pack, which is now standard on the E-Pace S and above. In a petrol engine, under normal driving conditions, the trapped soot will be oxidised into Carbon dioxide and the filter regenerated whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator, Jaguar said.

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