All-new Jaguar E-Pace barrel rolls into history books

New Jaguar SUV coming to South Africa

All-new Jaguar E-Pace barrel rolls into history books

Award victor. However, Jaguar is promising that the E-Pace will combine everyday SUV practicality with "sports auto design and agility", which suggests it will have sharper handling than the Land Rover.

Smaller than the F-PACE, which was voted 2017 World Car of the Year, the new Jaguar E-PACE promises a driving experience that's even closer to that of a sports car, while retaining all the practicality of a real SUV.

The stunt is a successor of sorts to the F-Pace's debut back in 2015, where the firm showed the vehicle completing a 19.08-meter loop - another record.

Instead, the E-PACE will be offered with gas engines only in the US. The front and rear suspension has been swapped out for a multi-link setup that will most likely make it feel like a baby F-Pace in its ride and handling.

As you can see, the compact crossover carries a resemblance to its F-Pace sibling, though up front, its lines are not almost as taut or muscular. Jaguar says Chinese-made vehicles won't be shipped to North America. The E-PACE offers up to 300PS of power in the Ingenium Petrol P300 engine setup that sports 400Nm of torque with all wheel drive power delivery.

More powerful petrol variants - the P250 and P300 - are also available, as all-wheel drive automatics. 21-inch wheels will be optional, and there'll be either polished or satin chrome side fender vents, depending on whether you go for E-PACE or E-PACE R-Dynamic trims.

Going for an SUV doesn't mean you need to sacrifice the passion for driving, not anymore. The entry-level vehicle will have 246 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, and 269 lb-ft. of torque from 1,200 rpm.

Jaguar Land Rover is renowned for creating SUVs that get stuff done, and that's the case with the E-Pace too. A 236bhp diesel is a useful antidote, hitting the 62mph benchmark in 7.4 seconds. This will reach 60mph in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph. The E-PACE comes with ultra-high tensile steel bodysides that measure in at just 0.7mm thick shaving off more than 3.5kg in weight.

Ahead of the reveal, Jaguar has released a teaser image (below) that shows the design of the car's rear lights.

While the larger F-Pace has a slightly more upright appearance, the sportier E-Pace has a sleeker roofline that can be characterized as nearly a fastback. "The taillights will be a Jaguar signature", he said. The E-Pace's stability control system gets a low-speed traction mode that smooths out launches. That model also has larger air intakes, body-colored sills and a satin-finished grille.

Standard E-Paces are available in three trim levels - S, SE and HSE - with 11 colour options. While not available at launch, an optional Configurable Dynamics package will include adaptive dampers with driver-adjustable settings.

Jaguar has unveiled its mid-sized SUV in all its glory. Its 577-litre boot bodes well, as this comfortably beats the boots of the Audi Q3 (420 litres) and the BMW X1 (505 litres). There's a wearable key option!

Full Australian specs have yet to be finalised, but Jaguar has initially announced four trim levels; S, SE and HSE in the mainstream range and a First Edition offered exclusively with D180 and P250 engines for the initial year of manufacture. The 2-litre 150bhp diesel with front-wheel-drive will be popular, I think, but there is always the AWD 180PS version or the 300bhp petrol. First deliveries are expected in early 2018.

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