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Jaguar E-Pace launched with record-breaking barrel roll

14 Juillet 2017

Ian Callum, Jaguar's design boss, claims that the new E-Pace is a sporty vehicle before it's an SUV and that it has more F-Type in its design than F-Pace. Jaguar Land Rover said United Kingdom facilities were "close to capacity", so it has agreed a deal with engineering and manufacturing specialist Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. If you can watch the E-Pace's attempt without doing the slide whistle either out loud or in your head, you're a more mature man than I.

Jaguar unveiled the 2016 XF by driving it across a tightrope and unveiled the F-PACE by driving it around a loop.

All the E-Pace's engines are 2.0-litre affairs, but both the diesel and petrol variants are available with different power outputs.

Under the hood, buyers will have a choice of 2.0L Ingenium gasoline engines, one producing 246 hp and the other 296 hp (exclusive to R-Dynamic models), each mated to a 9-speed ZF automatic transmission.

Three drivelines are also available, a front wheel drive layout for the 148bhp diesel, with permanent all wheel drive systems available with the aforementioned model and the 178bhp diesel and 246bhp petrol engine.

Trademark Jaguar driving dynamics and design put the brand's sports auto DNA in a practical design packed with advanced technologies to keep you connected. Torque vectoring will also be available on some E Pace models depending on which engine you opt for. While not available at launch, an optional Configurable Dynamics package will include adaptive dampers with driver-adjustable settings. Drivers can select driving modes through the E-Pace's JaguarDrive control, choosing from Normal, Dynamic, Eco, as well as a Rain, Ice and Snow mode for low-grip conditions.

The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace will be offered in no fewer than seven models including a First Edition version that will be available for the first full year of sales. Well, today is that day and Jaguar has delivered, starting with a ridiculous barrel roll at the launch event. Jaguar says the E-Pace prototypes have completed "more than 400" laps of the Nurburgring.

Not to be confused with the company's proposed battery-electric I-Pace, the new 5-passenger SUV will be configured as an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Perhaps we'll see a warmed-up "S" version sooner rather than later. Jaguar says the tailpipes - sprouting from within the rear valance - are inspired by jet engines, while the bold front grille is 3D-chamfered. Those gains were mostly on the strength of the brand's first crossover, the F-Pace. The wheel arches feature black extensions filled by wheels ranging in diameter from 17 to 21 inches. As with the F-Pace, company officials used a lot of words explaining how this size-smaller crossover has been influenced by the F-type sports auto. The headlights are like more open eyes, compared to the sleek and squinty eyes of the F-Pace. While the F-Pace is meant to be a full-fat SUV similar to a top-end Land Rover or Range Rover, the E-Pace is a more compact offering - á la the Range Rover Evoque. The chassis is actually shared with the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport, but it has been modified for a longer wheelbase at 268 mm. The E-Pace is built at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.

He said: "Evoque last year sold 30,000 in the United Kingdom, it was its best ever year and Land Rover is always a good barometer".

"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".

Jaguar E-Pace launched with record-breaking barrel roll