The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is the leaping cat’s first venture into the compact SUV segment, and sure enough, it didn’t take long before an artist rendered a wilder version of the small SUV. Enter the Jaguar E-Pace RS by X-Tomi Design - the artist’s own interpretation of the SUV with unusual performance.
To start off, X-Tomi enhances the size of the small SUV’s front bumper and side skirts. Perhaps, these are done to match the ideal standards of a possible Jaguar E-Pace high performance RS variant. There are also some visibly larger wheels, black accents and bits of carbon fiber to complete the high-performance look.
Being the newest member of the brand’s growing range of SUVs, the E-Pace is designed as a five-seater, small SUV that offers plenty of space as well as the latest connected technologies available. Among them are the infotainment system’s 10-inch touch screen monitor with 3 adjustable controllers for the fan speed and temperature setting, a head-up display screen as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. The storage space between the two front seats is at 2.2 gallon while the rear area has a capacity of up to 22.4cu.ft. Using the 60:40 split folding set up, the storage space can be expanded even further.
It would be good to note that the compact SUV shares the same platform with both Land Rover Discovery Sport and Evoque. The E-Pace’s R-Dynamic variant with larger engine is available in HSE, SE and S trims while the smaller engine is offered either in S or SE trim options. All models are in all-wheel drive setup and comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The R-dynamic is featuring Jaguar’s Active Driveline that lets the driver adjust the power and torque not only to the front or rear axle but also to a single wheel if necessary. The same feature can turn all the power to the front wheels for enhanced fuel consumption on a steady cruise. In as short as 0.3 second, the system can switch all the way back to all-wheel drive.
Currently, the most potent E-Pace uses a 296hp (300PS) and 296lb-ft (400Nm), 2.0-liter petrol with four cylinder. Its diesel variant on the other hand can deliver up to 237hp (240PS) and 368 lb-ft (500Nm) of torque. If ever Jaguar plans to dish out a new RS variant, it would be more sensible if it would use a much larger, more powerful engine than the F-Type’s 400 hp unit. It can be recalled that the F-Type sports car served as the design inspiration for Jaguar’s latest compact SUV and probably X-Tomi's RS version too.