Jaguar E-Pace Recalled Over Software Issue

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Jaguar Land Rover North America has recalled 2,842 units of the Jaguar brand's entry-level crossover in the US market for a software issue. More specifically, the brake pad wear warning light may not appear on the instrument cluster due to an incorrect setting in the car configuration file.
Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover became aware of this problem in November 2023 following an internal report alleging the non-display condition. The British automaker's Product Safety and Compliance Committee promptly started an investigation that was progressed to the Recall Determination Committee in February 2024.

For some reason or another, the recall boffins took more than a week to review said issue. Ultimately, the Recall Determination Committee… ahem… determined that said non-display condition goes against Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 135 for light vehicle brake systems. What's more, the less mechanically inclined among us may ignore the increased brake noise of worn-out brake pads.

Supplied by Jaguar Land Rover, the subject car configuration file has no fewer than four E-Pace-specific versions: M9C3-1A324-AD07, N9C3-1A324-AA12, P9C3-1A324-AB06, and R9C3-1A324-AE04. As implied, the company will remedy this problem by updating the configuration file via the crossover's all-important OBD II port.

Owner notifications will have to wait until May 10. In the meantime, owners can easily determine if their British crossovers are recalled or not by running the 17-character VIN on Jaguar's recall portal. The aforementioned 2,842 vehicles were produced for the 2021 through 2024 model years from November 11, 2020 to October 10, 2023.

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Vehicle identification numbers range between SADF12GX4M1014560 and SADFL2FX5R1044721. Even though SA through SM represents the United Kingdom, bear in mind that Jaguar's most affordable sport utility vehicle isn't made by Jaguar. Contract manufacturer Magna Steyr assembles the E-Pace in Graz, Austria, at the facility where the GR Supra and Z4 are made.

Based on the Premium Transverse Architecture of the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Jaguar E-Pace rolled out in July 2017 for model year 2018 with a starting price of $38,600 in the United States of America. At press time, the only specification available in this part of the world is the P250 AWD R-Dynamic SE at $49,500 sans freight charge and optional extras.

Top dollar for a small crossover with 246 horsepower on tap, isn't it? The beating heart of the P250 AWD R-Dynamic SE is a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder from the Ingenium family of engines, with said lump connected to an eight-speed tranny.

Despite being relatively expensive, the E-Pace does come with loads of standard kit. Highlights include a garage door opener, wireless device charging, a Meridian audio system, Pivi Pro Connected Navigation Pro infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a powered tailgate, LED exterior lighting, DuoLeather sport seats, a fixed panoramic roof, and a heated steering wheel. Similar to every other Jaguar currently available to order, the E-Pace will be discontinued this year in favor of a family of EVs based on the Jaguar Electric Architecture.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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