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Afternoon round-up: Jaguar E-Pace, Volvo and Polestar split, Peugeot fleet van deal

Jaguar teases new E-Pace small SUV

Jaguar has confirmed it is to build a new smaller SUV called E-Pace that will arrive in the UK during 2018. Jaguar E-Pace 2017

More information will be revealed in mid-July, but the E-Pace will slot into the range below the F-Pace SUV and be priced from around £28,500, and will be joined by the electric i-Pace SUV.

Jaguar claimed the new model will combine “sports car design and agility with everyday SUV practicality”, and confirmed the car will feature all-wheel drive technology.

Jaguar’s development department has been busy, with the XF Sportbrake estate also launching before the end of this year.

Volvo launches high-performance EV brand

Volvo has announced that its high-performance car arm Polestar is to become a separately-branded “electrified global high-performance car company”.

Polestar Teaser image 2017

Thomas Ingenlath and Jonathan Goodman (both pictured above) join as CEO and COO respectively. 

Polestar has previously worked on sports and performance versions of regular Volvo models, such as the 367hp V60 Polestar that’s priced at £49,665, but is now going to be focused on becoming what Volvo Cars chief executive Hakan Samuelsson described as a “truly differentiated stand-alone brand within the Volvo Car Group.

Volvo acquired complete control of Polestar in 2015, having worked with it on performance cars since 1996, and future products from the brand will be Polestar-branded and not carry a Volvo logo. Its engineering arm will also continue to develop “optimisation packages” for Volvo models.

More on Polestar’s product and commercial plans will be revealed in the autumn.

Peugeot hits 400 vans with healthcare firm

Peugeot has delivered 27 new vans to Millbrook Heathcare, passing the 400 mark supplied to the Southampton-based company.Peugeot Millbrook Healthcare fleet 2017 2

The 27 were mainly Boxer large vans, one Luton-bodied, plus two Experts, and will be deployed from Millbrook’s Exeter site to deliver and collect community equipment on behalf of local authorities and the NHS.

Gary Burnham, Group Transport and Assets Manager, Millbrook Healthcare commented; “We value our on-going relationship with PEUGEOT, which provides us with a wide range of vehicles to meet our specialist needs.

“The latest additions to our fleet will help us to improve the service we can offer our clientele across Devon and the West Country.”