Jaguar E-Pace revealed–performance SUV with sports car looks rolls into the record books
After months of hints, the Jaguar E-Pace has been revealed in full.
This five-seat compact SUV combines the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car with the spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive type of vehicle that is en-vogue at the moment.
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The exterior design is inspired by the larger F-Type sports car and is characterised by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches. Optional 21-inch alloy wheels further give the E-Pace a bold and purposeful stance, instantly communicating dynamic agility. Jaguar sports car DNA is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic.
Commenting at the launch, Ian Callum, director of design, Jaguar, said: “We designed the E-Pace to be a Jaguar for active people who need space and practicality but see no reason to compromise on performance.”
The E-Pace promises to be one of the most connected and intelligent vehicles in its class, offering the latest connectivity and practicality solutions for busy families with up to eight devices able to can stream content using E-Pace’s 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.
Also, a Touch Pro infotainment system connects customers to their favourite apps on the move and the large 12.3-inch full colour TFT driver display and Head-Up Display means the driver need never take their eyes off the road.
Family seems to be the name of the game with the E-Pace, offering exceptional interior space for a vehicle in this class. The compact SUV is 4,395mm long with short front and rear overhangs of 882mm and 832mm respectively. Its 2,681mm wheelbase seats five in absolute comfort and yields a generous rear legroom of 892mm while the large luggage capacity of 577 litres is made possible by the vehicle’s sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension architecture.
The E-Pace’s Active Driveline permanent all-wheel drive system is a technological first for Jaguar. Developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s all-terrain specialists, the system recognises differences between surfaces to exploit available grip by automatically adjusting engine and brake settings. The intelligent set-up combines phenomenal traction with Jaguar’s unmistakable rear-wheel-drive character and the system’s torque-biasing capability delivers optimal stability, dynamics and fuel efficiency in all conditions.
The E-Pace and E-Pace R-Dynamic Pack are available with S, SE and HSE specification packs and a choice of five powertrains, with three diesel and two petrol engines. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel powerplant is available in 150PS, 180PS and 240PS outputs, while the pair of 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol turbo units deliver 249PS or 300PS.
Specifying the R-Dynamic model enhances the Jaguar’s sporty streak, providing body-hugging sports seats with contrast stitching, stainless steel treadplates and pedals to create a sports-focused interior while soft-grained leather on the R-Dynamic-branded steering wheel and the addition of gearshift paddles provide more focussed benefits.
On the outside, the R-Dynamic features styling details designed to enhance the E-Pace’s stealth, power and refinement. Front fog lights with a gloss black finish are complemented by a similar finish on the grille, rear valance and tailpipe finishers. Body-coloured wheel-arch surrounds and satin chrome highlights on the side vents and grille surrounds also distinguish R-Dynamic derivatives.
Under the bonnet, the E-Pace features a choice of efficient yet powerful petrol and diesel engines. The 300PS Ingenium petrol turbo engine powers E-Pace from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 151mph. For customers who want the ultimate efficiency, the front-wheel drive 150PS Ingenium diesel delivers CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
If these facts and figures aren’t impressive enough for you, the E-Pace rolled straight into the record books at its world premiere with a 15.3 metre-long jump complete with a 270-degree barrel roll.
Demonstrating the agility, precision and performance of Jaguar’s newest SUV, the feat was the final test for E-Pace after 25 gruelling months of work across four continents to ensure extreme durability.
Stunt driver Terry Grant said: “As far as I am aware no production car has ever cleanly completed a bona-fide barrel roll and therefore it has always been an ambition of mine to perform one ever since I was a boy.
“After driving the Jaguar F-Pace in the record-breaking loop-the-loop, it has been amazing to help launch the next chapter of the Pace family in an even more dramatic dynamic feat.”