The E-Pace 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 to as little as 1,700kg.
Inside, the cabin has more in common with Jaguar's F-TYPE sportscar than its F-PACE SUV 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. Instead of Jaguar's rising rotary gear selector, as on the F-PACE, there's a sports stick shifter. All models get a 10.2-inch centre-dash touchscreen for the infotainment system and there's the option of a 12.3-inch TFT digital instrument panel to replace conventional dials, plus you can also order a head-up display. The boot is a spacious 577-litres in size, 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.