Jaguar barrel rolls the E-Pace into the record books

Posted July 14, 2017

The stunt, which was held in London, kicked off the global introduction of the second crossover SUV in the British automaker's lineup. It shares some underpinnings with the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport. It produces 246 horsepower and 269 standard spec, but takes a hike to 296 HP and 295 the R-Dynamic model. The standard models will be capable of accelerating to 60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 146 miles per hour, while the R-Dynamic versions hit 60 in 5.9 seconds and have a top speed of 151. Both connect to a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission that directs engine torque to one of two all-wheel-drive systems.

Jaguar on Thursday took the wraps off its compact E-PACE, the performance brand's third SUV in two years.

Given Jaguar's teasers - which have shown the vehicle without any camouflage, we can all safely assume the E-Pace is a very close relative to its bigger brother. As a subcompact offering, the E-PACE allows Jaguar to reach buyers for whom the pricier F-PACE may be out of reach. A bold grille and LED headlights dominate the front end. Side vents in the fenders are finished in chrome with a polished or satin finish depending on trim level. It features LED headlights similar to those on the F-Type sports vehicle, and a raked roofline lends it the appearance of a coupe. The E-Pace is a definite five-seater, but behind the second row is a cavernous 577 litres of space, plus 93 litres more beneath the floor if you forego a spare wheel.

The E-Pace will be offered in standard and R-Dynamic forms. "It made sense to sort of take the sports auto design philosophy and apply it in a much more indulgent way". The center console is dominated by a 10-inch touchscreen that helps reduce the number of hard switches, while using rotary dials to operate climate control functions. All models are equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes. Drivers can select driving modes through the E-Pace's JaguarDrive control, choosing from Normal, Dynamic, Eco, as well as a Rain, Ice and Snow mode for low-grip conditions. The E-Pace will be available only with a gasoline-fueled, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four in two states of tune.

Throttle response, steering and transmission can be configured to personal style, too. Operating between speeds of 1 and 18 miles per hour, it assists vehicle startup on icy roads, wet grass and muddy tracks. It also assists the vehicle in maintaining a steady speed on climbing or descending inclines.

Under the bonnet there will be a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines.

Starting from $54,545, First Edition models top the range and receive special interior materials, including soft-grain Windsor leather in Ebony with red contrast stitching. The rear too gets the F-Type influence with the LED tail lights but carry a new chicane graphic The flared rear wheel arch also makes for a distinctive cut on the SUV, whereas the haunched rear Jaguar says was particularly hard to engineer.

Next year, the E-Pace will be followed into showrooms by a production version of the I-Pace that's expected to be priced from about £60,000, while a larger model - possibly called the J-Pace - is expected in 2020. Top versions will nudge $55,000, including destination charges.