Following its earlier sighting in winter, the upcoming Jaguar E-Pace has been spotted again, this time in sunnier settings where the smaller sibling to the F-Pace appears to be undergoing performance testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Jaguar’s contender to the likes of the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 will be built from the LR-MS platform which also underpins the Discovery Sport, albeit closer to the Evoque in size.

Occupying the rung below the F-Pace on the Jaguar ladder, the upcoming E-Pace is expected to house Jaguar’s range of Ingenium engines – 2.0 litre turbo engines in petrol and diesel forms. Underlying similarities with the Discovery Sport and the Evoque should see the E-Pace adopt similar driveline equipment, such as the ZF nine-speed automatic gearbox.

The E-Pace should also feature the latest iteration of Jaguar’s InTouch Pro infotainment system, and as with the exterior, it is also expected to serve up variations of a theme similar to that of the F-Pace. With the smaller Jaguar SUV now in its middling stages of testing, it is tipped to make a debut some time in the middle of this year. Meanwhile, check out our experience with Jaguar’s foray into the well-contested SUV segment.