Jaguar unveiled its new E-Pace SUV with a stunning world record. Stunt driver Terry Grant swirled the E-Pace to a world record with a 15.3 metre, 270-degree barrel roll.
The British marque is widening its SUV offering with the new Jaguar E-Pace all set to rival the Audi Q3. The E-Pace SUV will sit below the F-Pace in the product lineup and will arrive in the global markets in 2018.
The E-Pace will be the first Jaguar to be built outside of the UK (at Magna Steyr's facility in Graz, Austria) and it will also be the first Jaguar to be available with the front-wheel drive since the X-Type.
Back to the E-Pace record, the stunt took place at the Excel Centre in London, making a 160-metre long run up to build up speed for the 15-metre jump. The record was verified Guinness World Records.
The inspiration for the stunt came from the famous barrel roll in James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun. The E-Pace shot off a metal ramp one side, with a softer dirt bank on the other side. The ramps were computer designed, and the right launch speed calculated to guarantee both the car and Grant survived intact.
The Jaguar E-Pace and Grant set the record for the furthest barrel roll completed in a production vehicle.
Jaguar does not want us to think the E-Pace is a baby F-Pace with similar interior and exterior design. But there is a lot of F-Pace in the E-Pace.
While the E-Pace has a bold and a massive grille like the F-Pace up front, the more upright all-LED front lights are more in the style of the F-Type presenting the new SUV a look all its own.
Comparing to the Audi Q3, the Jaguar E-Pace is 4.4metres long just as the Q3; however, the E-Pace looks lower with its faster roofline.
Inside the cabin, the dashboard of the E-Pace is futuristic, the driver can specify a 12.3-inch TFT digital instrument panel and a head-up display, while there is a centrally mounted 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard on all models. However, the E-Pace misses out on the Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto, which could make its way at a later time.
Along with the spacious cabin, there'll be up to five USB points for charging and a 4G wifi hotspot that can connect up to eight devices.
Powering the Jaguar E-Pace is a transversely mounted 2.0-litre Ingenium family of engines featuring manual or 9-speed automatic gearboxes.
The engine comes with the choices of 148bhp, 178bhp and 237bhp output diesel mills, or a couple of petrol turbo units with 246bhp or 296bhp power output.
The Jaguar E-Pace looks bold and chiselled; but it is clear that the SUV is a baby F-Pace. The E-Pace will offer the best of choices for buyers who are looking to buy the Audi Q3.