Monday, 25 September, 2017

New Jaguar E-PACE Rolls into the Record Books

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Kayla Schwartz | 13 July, 2017, 22:43

Another day, another corner-carving SUV.

"Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-Pace is immediately recognisable as the sports auto of its class".

The E-PACE is the newest member of Jaguar's SUV family, joining the ground-breaking all-electric I-PACE Concept and the 2017 World Car of the Year, the Jaguar F-PACE - itself launched with a spectacular GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ setting loop-the-loop in 2015.

Inside we expect the E-Pace to draw inspiration from the F-Type sports vehicle, losing the rotary dial gear selector and replacing it with the joystick unit as well as having an asymmetrical dash layout.

The five-door, two-row E-PACE was to be introduced Thursday in spectacular fashion in London, completing a 270-degree corkscrew barrel-roll at the end of a 50-foot jump. While the E-Pace starts more expensive than rivals such as the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, and the Lexus NX, it undercuts the F-Pace's base price by $3050.

As ute sales have surpassed sedans, SUVs have become critical to luxury automakers' bottom lines.

"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.

The interior of the E-Pace cribs the cockpit-style layout from the F-Type sports vehicle. Alfa's first SUV, the midsize Stelvio, hit dealer lots this month.

Instead, he's talking to IBTimes UK with a bright-eyed and boyish enthusiasm about his latest creation, the Jaguar E-Pace.

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Jaguar has undergone nothing short of a brand transformation since it was purchased by Tata Group and partnered with Land Rover in 2008, but there still lingers a whiff of the golfclub about it. That pricing also means it undercuts the larger F-Pace by just a few thousand dollars, though Jaguar doesn't anticipate much internal strife based on size alone. R-Dynamic models employ a front bumper with larger air intakes, much as on the XF S and F-Pace S, plus body-color sill panels and a more aggressive rear bumper.

Its very first all-electric vehicle, the I-Pace will also start production in Austria in 2018.

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

The hood, roof and tailgate are aluminum. Having sat in a pre-production running model of the E-Pace, we can confirm that it seats four adults over 6ft comfortably.

It will be the first Jaguar not to be produced in Britain, with it being built in Graz, Austria, by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr, as well as in Changshu, China, by JLR's joint venture there with Chery Automobil. The big news is a switch from the F-Pace's aluminium-intensive platform to one loosely shared with the Range Rover Evoque.

The move seems to be a nod to making interior room a priority.

All five occupants get their own USB port, and if you want to use somebody else's data for a change, the E-Pace comes with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot on all but the lowest trim. Power, meanwhile, will come from a range of turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines already found in other Jaguars.

When the E-Pace goes on sale in early 2018, it will be available in seven flavors - three "Core" models with the 264-hp engine, three R-Dynamic models with the 296-hp engine, and a First Edition version available only for 2018 that is effectively a loaded Core model with cosmetic bits taken from the R-Dynamic range added on. Both engines will be mated to a 9-speed transmission. The R-Dynamic version begins at $48,245.

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