Jaguar aims for 2018 SUV dominance with launch of E-Pace

Jaguar's second SUV, the E-Pace, has been revealed.

There are no sure bets in the auto industry but it is hard to imagine a scenario in which the new Jaguar E-Pace arrives in January and flops.

Demonstrating the agility of Jaguar's newest SUV, the feat was the final test for the E-PACE after 25 months of work across four continents to ensure extreme durability for the new 4x4. Tata's strategy was clear after the buyout in 2008 along with Land Rover- Jaguar for fast cars and Land Rover for SUVs.

This was the case with the new E-Pace crossover - there were very few teasers, and the world debut in London of the new compact SUV was accompanied by a Guinness World Record for the furthest ever barrel roll jump in a production vehicle. The E-Pace shares the F-Pace's Integral Link rear suspension, while the new front suspension has a lightweight aluminium knuckle to offer better turn-in and minimise understeer. "We wanted everyone to know that this is related to the original F-Pace in many ways and it is not a bad thing afterall", comments lead designer Ian Callum.

Jaguar E-Pace
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Leaps Into the Compact Crossover Frenzy

"We wanted something sporty so instead of doing something that was in keeping with other SUVs we went right to the other end and we emulated our F-Type sports auto", he said. Top-spec models will flaunt headlamp with signature Jaguar J-blade daytime running lights. The slim and wide rear lamps feature full LED technology and the design is again from flagship Jaguar sports vehicle.

It might be compact, but beneath that suspiciously impractical-looking tailgate is an 806mm long luggage bay with space for 577 litres of cargo, and a quick sit in the back seat indicated adequate leg and head room for a pair of 182cm adults. However, the E-Pace will be the cheapest of the trio, with prices starting under £30,000. The grab handle that wraps around the centre console, to the steering wheel, to the pistol-grip automatic gear shifter all resembles the F-Type cabin.

The five-passenger E-Pace is powered by Jaguar Land Rover's Ingenium 2.0-liter gasoline engine available in 246- and 296-hp variants. This will include a range-topping 300hp, 2.0-litre petrol version mated to a nine-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels. Launching in the fall of 2017, the E-Pace is equipped with a turbocharged 4.0-liter 4-cylinder engine cranking 247 horsepower, with the option of a more powerful engine producing 296 horsepower and hitting 60 from standing at 5.9 seconds, according to the British automaker.

The D150 offers Carbon dioxide emissions of 124g/km (and 60.1mpg on the NEDC combined cycle), with the all-wheel drive version of this variant, as well as the D180 AWD at 132g/km for six-speed manuals. To get an E-Pace you actually want, expect to pay more like £40k.

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