Jaguar’s E-Pace compact SUV premieres to a stunned audience by completing the furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle
The new Jaguar E-Pace has broken cover overnight, in front of a stunned audience at ExCel in London.
To highlight the E-Pace’s dynamism and driver involvement, the British brand summoned stunt driver Terry Grant to complete a 15.3 metre long jump and 270 degree corkscrew-style barrel roll, earning it a place in the Guinness World Records for the “Furthest Barrel Roll in a Production Vehicle.”
Now that we know that the car can jump through hoops, its best to know what the E-Pace is actually all about. Jaguar promises that the Jaguar E-Pace will blend the driving dynamics from is sedan range but will offer the practicality of a small SUV.
Jaguar is cramming a lot of tech into the E-Pace. A 10 inch touchscreen comes as standard and allows passengers to access their favourite apps such as Spotify, along with the convenience of Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl infotainment system. There’s 4G Wi-Fi and five USB ports in case you want to connect a device of your own.
There’s also a huge new heads up display system, which projects 66 per cent more information on to the windscreen than previous versions.
A choice of two Meridian sound systems will also be on offer.
Customers who enjoy an active lifestyle will appreciate that the E-Pace will come equipped with Jaguar’s wristband technology, that allows the driver to wear a special wristband can lock and unlock the car and allows the driver to keep the conventional key in the car whilst engaging in leisurely pursuits such as football or swimming.
Safety tech will include a pedestrian airbag which pops up from under the car in an E-Pace human impact, a Forward Traffic Detection system which enhances driver visibility at dangerous intersections, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and driver drowsiness detection.
Two engines will be offered, both 2.0 litre turbo units: the petrol will produce 213kW and will allow the E-Pace to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 6.4 seconds; the diesel will develop 110kW.
The engines send power to all-four wheels via Jaguar’s new Active Driveline all-wheel drive system, which gives the E-Pace Jaguar’s rear-wheel drive feel, courtesy of smart torque distribution.
Jaguar Australia hasn’t confirmed when the E-Pace will arrive in Australia, but they say it will be priced from between $48,000 and $85,000 plus on roads. Naturally, that allows the E-Pace to sit below the upcoming I-Pace and the very excellent F-Pace in Jaguar’s growing SUV family.
What sparks out interest is whether or not the E-Pace will steal sales from Jaguar Land Rover’s own Range Rover Evoque. Time will tell.
Watch the E-Pace in action below: