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Jaguar launches new E-Pace with world record-breaking barrel roll

Jaguar launches new E-Pace with world record-breaking barrel roll

So far we have only seen heavily camouflaged images of the E-Pace obscuring the car's overall looks but revealed some things about the car's shape. To use the obligatory cat analogy, it's more of a Jaguar cub than an adult big cat.

"It would've been much easier to just scale down an F-Pace, and I think half of the world would've been expecting that".

Despite Jaguar's dangerously similar naming scheme, don't confuse this vehicle with the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace, as the E-Pace doesn't sip electrons.

Unlike the F-Pace SUV, the E-Pace has only been announced with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine for our market.

There are two engines on offer in the US.

All-wheel drive is standard on the 150S/180PS diesel models, and the 249PS petrol. Jaguar say that it has been engineered to be a sports, dynamic, drive, with a low centre of gravity and stiffer rear suspension to reduce body roll and make it a more attractive drive.

Like the rest of the Jaguar lineup, the E-Pace has a subtly striking exterior design.

Jaguar E Pace launch marked with record-breaking barrel roll
Jaguar E-Pace

For the adventurous out there the E-Pace is also compatible with Jaguar's Activity Key - a waterproof, wearable wristband which acts as a key for the auto, allowing you to leave your main keys in the vehicle while you go off to surf/ski/swim/shop. Sculpted rear fenders and Jaguar's new chicane graphics visible on the lower door panels and within the rear taillamps accentuate the design.

The new cat sports familiar Jaguar design cues pioneered by the brand's F-Type, including a bold grille, "J-Blade" daytime running lights, muscular haunches and a coupe-like roofline. The latter will be available in the car's sporty, R-Dynamic trim.

Jaguar has managed to get the front-wheel-drive E-Pace's Carbon dioxide emissions down to 124g/km, meaning company-car drivers will be liable for a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate of 26% - but this requires you to choose 17-inch alloy wheels.

It may be an SUV like the F-Pace but it's heavily influenced by the F-Type.

"With plans already in place to take Jaguar Land Rover's three vehicle manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom close to their operating capacity, the creation of overseas manufacturing facilities delivers additional volumes needed to support the company's future strategy", the firm said in a statement. A 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system can be upgraded to a 12.3-inch screen.

There are five USB ports and four 12V charging points making it one of the most connected vehicles in its class. In all, it's an even more attractive space than the F-Pace's. Other neat treats include an optional 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that's customizable and can almost fill the screen with a navigation display, much like Audi's Virtual Cockpit.

THE wraps have been pulled off the hotly-anticipated Jaguar E-Pace. Available active-safety features include a blind-spot monitor, a 360-degree camera, parking assist, and automated emergency braking. The E-Pace is built at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria. E-Pace models making less power will make the sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds (zero to 100 km/h in seven seconds flat), while any of the three E-Pace R-Dynamic models will do the same run in 5.9 seconds (zero to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds).





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