Jaguar has added a new plug-in hybrid option to its compact E-Pace sports utility vehicle as part of its mid-life upgrade.
The new P300e PHEV powertrain combines a sprightly new 200 horsepower 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, 15kWh lithium-ion battery and a 109 horsepower (80kW) electric motor that combine to emit just 44 gram per kilometre of CO2.
But to have these eco credentials, buyers are going to need to pay through the nose. Priced at £45,995, it's over £10,000 more expensive than the entry-level diesel - a premium of 41 per cent.
Plug-in hybrid premium: Jaguar has confirmed the arrival of the E-Pace P300e PHEV, which costs over £10,000 more than the same SUV with a diesel engine
The new plug-in hybrid sprints from 0-to-60mph in 6.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 134mph.
It also provides up to 34 miles of drive in zero-emissions pure electric mode, with fuel economy of up to 141mpg on average.
The new plug-in E-Pace is also capable of reaching an 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes using a rapid DC charger or 1 hour and 24 minutes on a domestic wall box.
But the biggest stumbling block for many customers will be the price.
The new E-Pace PHEV range starts from £45,995 for the R-Dynamic S, to £47,920 for the R-Dynamic SE and £50,860 for the R-Dynamic HSE.
The new PHEV E-Pace is priced from £45,995. The entry-level E-Pace D165 diesel costs from £32,575
That compares to the starting price for the newly refreshed E-Pace range which begins from £32,575 for the D165 diesel engine with a front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox.
Jaguar says the new lightweight 1.5-litre three-cylinder aluminium engine – some 33kg lighter than the four-cylinder version – 'delivers strong performance and refinement with low levels of friction which contribute to excellent efficiency and fuel consumption'.
The compact electric motor is powered by a 15kWh lithium-ion battery located under the boot floor: 'When fully charged it provides up to 34 miles of all-electric range, enabling the new E-Pace PHEV to complete the average UK daily commute, to and from work, of 18.8 miles in EV mode without requiring a recharge', says Jaguar.
The hybrid has been launched as part of the E-Pace's mid-life facelift, which has seen the design updated and interior revamped
Jaguar says the updated model now has an 'aerodynamically optimised' bumper, upgraded LED headlights, and a new grille design for an 'assertive presence'
The new E-Pace is also available with the next-generation 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel and the latest 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol powertrains, paired with mild-hybrid or 'MHEV' technology, all-wheel drive and nine-speed automatic transmissions.
These 'mild hybrid' petrol and diesel versions of the E-Pace – employing the lightest touch form of hybrid technology- use a belt-integrated starter generator in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking.
This energy is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear load-space ready to be redeployed to assist the engine during accelerating and to deliver a more refined and responsive stop/start system.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine is available in three power outputs, all featuring mild-hybrid technology.
Among the cosmetic tweaks, the new E-Pace offers an enhanced exterior, an 'aerodynamically optimised' bumper, upgraded LED headlights, and a new grille design for an 'assertive presence'.
Driver touchpoints around the instrument cluster are now wrapped in soft touch materials while the knee-side contact area has been sculpted to provide improved luxury and comfort
Inside the enhanced interior is a more intuitive new Pivi Pro infotainment system with simplified menus and a modern cabin redesigned for greater tranquillity.
The 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard has been 'chemically strengthened' with two coatings - one of which is anti-glare and a second which resists fingerprints.
Driver touchpoints around the instrument cluster are now wrapped in soft touch materials while the knee-side contact area has been sculpted to provide improved luxury and comfort.
The new Drive Selector is lower and wider and features an upper section finished with 'cricket-ball' stitching and a lower part made of precision-engineered metal to make it feel more tactile to the touch.
Jaguar design director Julian Thomson said: 'New E-Pace features key design elements from across the Jaguar family, enhancing the exterior and introducing beautiful new details to the interior.
'All this ensures the latest model has a more grown-up appeal while retaining its compact performance SUV sensibilities.'