Jaguar's global product marketing director Finbar McFall is giving nothing away when asked by Motor1 if the new Jaguar E-Pace small SUV will outsell today’s favorite Jaguar, the F-Pace mid-size SUV. “We don’t make predictions,” he says. Then, with a grin, adds: “But we genuinely believe it has every reason to succeed.”
His confidence is well-placed. Revealed in London during yet another Jaguar launch extravaganza, with another Guinness World Record to the brand’s name for good measure, the E-Pace is Jaguar’s compact SUV take on the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA – but one that’s been created very much with its own character, rather than simply being a downsized F-Pace broadly similar in size to an Audi Q3.
Internally known as ‘the cub’ within Jaguar (with icons of mother and baby Jaguar cub on the windscreen edge to reflect this), the E-Pace is a transverse-engined, steel-structured crossover that's loosely derived from Range Rover Evoque architecture. It’s more than that, though: three years of development, and liberal use of Jaguar XF suspension hardware, has created a sporty SUV that, promises chief engineer Graham Wilkins, drives just as a Jaguar should.
It certainly looks like a convincing Jaguar. Instead of downsizing the F-Pace, Jaguar design director Ian Callum’s team have drawn from the F-Type sports car. The headlights are an obvious cue, as is the coupe-like window line with a ‘kick’ in its lower rear section, the bulging rear haunches and the option of 21-inch alloys – the biggest ever offered on an SUV in this sector.
So it has attitude? “Oh, it’s got an attitude to it, alright!” says Callum. “Its proportions, stance and lines express this as a driver’s car, while the interior offers true Jaguar levels of luxury and sportiness.” For the interior, we’d go further than that – the cabin of the E-Pace marks another giant step forward for Jaguar, after the disappointing look of the XE cabin, improved upon by subsequent XF and F-Pace models.
The E-Pace’s interior is Jaguar’s best contemporary cabin yet. Again, it’s F-Type rather than F-Pace influences, from the grab handle that wraps around the center console, to the steering wheel, to the pistol-grip automatic gear shifter. Attention to detail has been improved considerably and the use of contrast colors, trims and rich materials is excellent.
All E-Paces feature Jaguar Touch Pro infotainment as standard, a 10-inch wide capacitive touchscreen system ("it's as responsive as your smartphone screen" says McFall) that offers 4G connectivity, eight wi-fi hotspots and a suite of connected apps. It can be completed by a 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel, rather like the Audi Virtual Cockpit, and Jaguar’s offering next-gen head-up display as an option, too.
The rear is roomy, perhaps as roomy as the larger F-Pace itself. The wheelbase has been stretched compared to the Evoque, which helps, and Callum admits interior packaging was just as important a priority as sleek lines during the design. The rear offers 20.4 cubic feet of space with the seats up: that means you can get a suitcase, a set of golf clubs and a folded pushchair in all at the same time, with space to spare.
Under the aluminum hood is a choice of five engines for Euro market models: three diesels and two gasoline mills. All are 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium motors, built in Wolverhampton, England. Diesel includes a choice of 150, 180, or 240 horsepower, while gasoline engines are rated at 246 and 296 horsepower. As you would expect, buyers in North America will only have the gas engines, but 300-horsepower in the smallish E-Pace should be quite lively. Most will be sold with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, but a six-speed manual is available. Most will also be full-time four-wheel drive, but the base diesel has a front-wheel-drive option.
The normal four-wheel-drive system turns, on more powerful models, into Active Driveline tech, which can distribute power individually to all four wheels. Jaguar says it’s been set up deliberately to give a rear-wheel drive feel, which is why the engineers are so excited to get us behind the wheel of the flagship model – the version that does 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and is electronically limited to 151 miles per hour.
The core model range will be based around two variants, a standard E-Pace and the sportier-look R-Design seen in the launch images with a more aggressive front and rear. On top of this, three specification packs will be offered, plus the different engines and a full range of options. Jaguar has intentionally kept the base offer straightforward, so buyers can save the decision-making process for the optioning rather than initial choosing.
Jaguar already has the configurators for the new E-Pace live on its international websites. In the U.S. pricing starts from $38,600, and ordering will open later in the year (dealers are accepting deposits from eager customers, one insider told us). If you’re bored of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, Jaguar’s super-competitive prices will certainly give you something to think about.
Everyone within Jaguar seems to be buzzing at the launch of the E-Pace. “We carried out lots of customer research panels during development,” revealed McFall. “These are intense events, four hours long. Normally, people can’t wait to leave by the end: with the E-Pace, even after we’d finished, they still wanted to go back and check it out some more. That’s when we became sure we had something special on our hands.”
Gallery: 2018 Jaguar E-Pace Revealed
NEW JAGUAR E-PACE ROLLS INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
– All new Jaguar E-PACE revealed with epic barrel roll: watch the film
– Dynamic twist sets an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title
for the Furthest Barrel Roll in a Production Vehicle5
– Final test proves E-PACE lives up to the Jaguar ‘Art of
– Inspiration from one of cinema’s most iconic car stunts
– Attitude and stance come as standard with Jaguar’s new compact
– Sports car looks with SUV practicality for the next generation of
– Agile, responsive chassis and sports car driveline technology make
E-PACE the hot hatch of its segment
– Next-generation digital tech keeps you connected, with available
4G Wi-Fi, and a 10-inch touchscreen as standard
– Standard all-wheel drive keeps you connected to the road in
– Priced from $38,6001, customers can order and configure their
Jaguar E-PACE at www.jaguarusa.com
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ title during its world premiere. The compact
performance SUV leapt into the record books with a 50 foot-long jump, complete
with a 270-degree corkscrew-like ‘barrel roll’.
Demonstrating the agility, precision and performance of the newest Jaguar SUV,
the feat was the final test for E-PACE after 25 grueling months of work across
four continents to test extreme durability and that it lived up to the Jaguar ‘Art of
The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat, compact SUV that packs the design and
performance of a Jaguar sports car into a practical and connected all-wheel drive
Trademark Jaguar driving dynamics and design put the brand’s sports car DNA
in a practical design, packed with advanced technologies to keep you connected.
The E-PACE is the newest member of the Jaguar SUV family, joining the allelectric
I-PACE Concept and the 2017 World Car of the Year winner, the Jaguar
F-PACE, which was launched in 2015 with a spectacular GUINNESS WORLD
RECORD™ setting loop-the-loop.
The E-PACE exterior design is inspired by the Jaguar F-TYPE sports car and
characterized by the distinctive Jaguar grill, muscular proportions, short
overhangs and powerful haunches that give the vehicle a bold and purposeful
stance, instantly communicating its dynamic agility. Jaguar sports car DNA is
also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window
immediately recognizable as the sports car of its class. Our new compact SUV combines the interior
space, connectivity and security that families expect with the kind of proportions, purity of design and
performance not usually associated with such a practical vehicle.”
The E-PACE completed its world record jump at ExCeL in London – one of only a handful of venues in
the UK big enough to accommodate the 525-foot run-up and run-off, vital for the 50-foot leap.
Behind the wheel was stunt driver Terry Grant, who has completed stunts on many film sets and holds an
impressive 21 GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ titles.
Grant said, “As far as I am aware, no production car has ever cleanly completed a bona-fide barrel roll
and therefore it has always been an ambition of mine to perform one ever since I was a boy. After driving
the Jaguar F-PACE in the record-breaking loop-the-loop, it has been amazing to help launch the next
chapter of the PACE family in an even more dramatic dynamic feat.”
Unsurprisingly, the barrel roll is not one to be tried at home. Months of testing and analysis were
completed to fine-tune the stunt, including achieving precisely the correct speed of run-up. The ramps
were modeled extensively using CAD before any jumps took place. Terry experienced a G-Force of 5.5
during the 270 degree twist, and required a 525-foot run up to hit the air at the correct speed.
Guinness World Record™ adjudicator Pravin Patel said, “This amazing feat really was a sight to behold.
While I’ve seen the barrel roll stunt in film, witnessing this incredible feat in real life was something pretty
special. Congratulations to Terry and Jaguar for setting another epic Guinness World Record ™ title.”
The reveal of the E-PACE was followed by a spectacular musical performance by Pete Tong & The
Heritage Orchestra who presented the now legendary Ibiza Classics.
E-PACE, Pete collaborated with singer-songwriter Raye to perform “You Don’t Know Me” by Jax Jones -
a hit that features Raye and has over 230 million plays on Spotify and over 130 million YouTube views.
Tong said, "I've been working with the Heritage Orchestra for the past couple of years but this is the first
time I've been involved in something like this, it's very exciting and I'm glad to be a part of it! Jaguar
breaking the Guinness World Record for the barrel roll was mind-blowing. This creative approach to
revealing the new Jaguar E-PACE was the inspiration behind the collaboration between myself and Raye
and we are now planning to put the track on my new album."
The Jaguar E-PACE: Connected, Intelligent, Agile, Responsive
The Jaguar E-PACE is connected and intelligent. A 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes as
standard and connects customers to their favorite apps, including Spotify. The standard InControl Remote
& Protect system automatically alerts emergency services in case of an accident and allows you to check
fuel levels and mileage remotely via a smartphone or smartwatch. Customers can also warm up the
vehicle or cool it down via their smartphone as part of this system.
Digital connectivity can be found throughout the cabin, ready for every need of the modern family. There
are up to four 12-volt charging points and five USB connections as well as an optional 4G Wi-Fi hotspot
for up to eight devices.
The compact SUV can seat five in comfort with generous rear legroom, while the large luggage space is
made possible by the vehicle’s sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension architecture.
The optional Configurable Dynamics system gives the driver even more control with individual settings for
the throttle, automatic transmission, steering, and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics suspension
system3. The optional Adaptive Dynamics system is designed to sense driver input, body and wheel
movements and pre-emptively loads the suspension and chassis and adjusts the damping for improved
roll control and agility.
flagship 296HP Ingenium engine powers the sporting SUV from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds (6.4
seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint) before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 152mph
The Active Driveline all-wheel-drive system in R-Dynamic models is a technological first for Jaguar. The
intelligent set-up combines all-wheel drive traction with Jaguar’s unmistakable rear-wheel-drive feel. The
system’s torque-biasing capability delivers added stability and dynamics in varying conditions and
The E-PACE features the very latest driver assistance technologies as standard equipment. A stereo
camera underpins the advanced Autonomous Emergency Braking system, which supports Lane Keep
Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition, as well as the Intelligent Speed Limiter and Driver Condition Monitor
systems. Front and rear parking aids are also standard.
The camera also combines with the electric power assisted steering system and rear radars to deliver a
Blind Spot Assist function, to help reduce the risk of sideswipe collisions on multi-lane roads. A new
Forward Traffic Detection system also warns drivers of approaching vehicles at junctions where visibility
The E-PACE is the first Jaguar vehicle to feature the company’s next-generation Head-Up Display
technology. The advanced display can project up to 66 percent more information onto the windshield
using large, full-color graphics with enhanced clarity. Essential information including vehicle speed and
navigation directions are in full view at all times, with alerts and updates for the infotainment and
convenience features all projected in the driver’s eyeline.
An optional 12.3-inch full color digital instrument panel and choice of two premium audio systems
developed with Meridian™ put the E-PACE on a par with its class when it comes to interior technology.
The E-PACE is also available with Jaguar’s innovative wearable Activity Key. The waterproof and
shockproof wristband has an integrated transponder, allowing the driver to lock the main key inside the
vehicle when enjoying outdoor pursuits such as running or cycling.
Whenever the Activity Key is activated, by holding the wristband up to the upper edge of the license plate
surround on the tailgate, any conventional key fobs left inside the vehicle are disabled.
Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that the newest member of its Jaguar PACE family, the E-PACE, will
be manufactured in Europe and Asia to satisfy expected customer demand for the compact SUV. From
late 2017, the Jaguar E-PACE will be the first vehicle to be produced as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s
contract manufacturing agreement with Magna Steyr, an operating unit of Magna Inc, in Austria. It will be
joined by the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE from 2018. The Jaguar E-PACE will be also be manufactured at
Chery Jaguar Land Rover’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Changshu exclusively for Chinese
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