The E-PACE features a few detail changes in this uprated guise. Revised all-LED headlights with distinctive 'Double J' DRL signatures flank a restyled grille, plus there's a revised lower aperature and smarter side fender vents at the front; and all-LED tail lamps and a smart mesh insert for the bumper at the back. As before, this little Jaguar is based on the same chassis used for the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It's around 4.4m in length, so very similar in size to the Audi Q3 that many think will be its biggest rival. It's certainly a lower, sleeker design than that Ingolstadt model, with crisp surfacing, strong rear haunches and a sporty stance. There's nothing like the same level of aluminium in the body structure as you'll find in this model's F-PACE SUV stablemate, but this material does feature in the bonnet and side panels and this, plus lightweight suspension components, has helped to keep weight down, though the car still tips the scales at around 1,700kg.
Inside, the main change is the adoption of Jaguar's latest 'Pivi Pro' infotainment system, which sits behind a now much larger integrated 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. Improvements here include quicker activation, the adoption of 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring, plus a whole range of embedded apps (like Spotify and Deezer) and the potential for over-the-air updates. Complementing this monitor is a 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display, which replaces conventional dials in the instrument binnacle. You can also have a Head-up display; and Jaguar's optional ClearSight Interior Rear View Mirror which replaces the conventional surface of the frameless rear view mirror with a high-definition screen fed from a camera on the roof. As before, the cabin has more in common with Jaguar's F-TYPE sportscar than this little SUV's its F-PACE cousin: there's a 360-degree grab handle for the passenger on the side of the centre console, just as in the F-TYPE, though the dash itself is arguably more futuristic. As on the F-PACE, there's a sports stick shifter, now restyled, with a larger stowage area just in front incorporating room for a wireless charging mat.
In the rear, there's reasonably comfortable space for a couple of adults. And the boot is a spacious 577-litres in size in conventionally-engined models, thanks to the integral link suspension system chosen for the rear. That's also enabled the cargo floor to be low and the opening wide.