Birds fly, fish swim, and what does Jaguars do besides roaring? They do 360o loops and barrel rolls setting new Guinness World Records. Jaguar knows how to make debuts, and E-Pace is no exception; stunt driver Terry Grant made an impressive 15.3-metre-long jump with a 270o ‘barrel roll’ setting a new world record.
Back to the E-Pace then. The first thing to tell you is that the E-Pace will be produced in Asia too “to satisfy expected customer demand for the compact SUV,” says Jaguar. Which means, the company wants to grab the compact SUV market here, dominated by BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Merc GLA. In Europe, the E-Pace will be manufactured by Magna Steyr, the same people who make G-Class.
The E-Pace gets Adaptive Matrix LED headlamps, LED taillamps, and 21-inch wheels on the outside. Interiors are packed with the optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, optional 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices, choice of two premium audio systems developed with Meridian, TFT head-up display, sports seats with Windsor leather, ambient lighting and so on. Just like its big brother the F-Pace, the E-Pace too gets an Activity Key.
Both the E-Pace and E-Pace R-Dynamic are available with S, SE and HSE trims and a choice of five powertrains, including three diesel and two petrol Ingenium engines. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Ingenium diesel is available in 150 PS, 180 PS and 240 PS outputs, while the pair of 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Ingenium petrol turbo units deliver 249 PS or 300 PS. The flagship 300 PS Ingenium engine helps accelerate the compact SUV from 0-60 mph in just 5.9 seconds (6.4 seconds for 0-100 km/h sprint) before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 152 mph (243 km/h).
Transmission duties are handled by a 9-speed ZF automatic or six-speed manual in various front and AWD configurations.
There’s an optional Configurable Dynamics system with individual settings for the throttle, automatic transmission, steering, and the Adaptive Dynamics suspension system3. Jaguar says that the optional Adaptive Dynamics system is designed to sense driver input, body and wheel movements and pre-emptively loads the suspension and chassis and adjusts the damping for improved roll control and agility. The Integral Link rear suspension also helps in freeing up some luggage space.
Moving on to the safety section, the E-Pace gets Autonomous Emergency Braking system, which supports Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition, as well as the Intelligent Speed Limiter and Driver Condition Monitor systems. Front and rear parking aids are also standard.
Price starts from £28,500 in the UK.