Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Jaguar E-Pace: Designed to Cross Over

Jaguar E-Pace: Designed to Cross Over

If you're thinking the acceleration sounds a bit slow, it's because the E-Pace is no featherweight. Fender vents and a cat-eyed rear side window match up with a steeply raked roofline and a slim band of angled LED taillights.

The new Jaguar E-Pace has rotated its way into the record books with a 270-degree, 15.3-metre flying barrel roll. The base motor makes 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, and puts that power to the ground via a standard all-wheel-drive system. It flies off dealer lots in an average of just 19 days, a faster pace than any model in the U.S. F-PACE sales outsold all Jaguars combined in June, dwarfing its traditional F-Type sports vehicle and XF sedan. As such, the Jaguar will share its four-cylinder-only status with the Evoque, exclusively using Jaguar's latest range of single and twin-turbocharged Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. This will reach 60mph in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph. The ZF-sourced gearbox also is available in the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport. 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). The usual shift modes apply: Eco mode slows down throttle and upshifts quickly, while Dynamic mode turns up the wick on shift speed and eagerness. The range topping AWD system, called Active Driveline, is available with the 237bhp diesel and a 296bhp petrol and can, when needed, direct nearly all the engine's torque to the rear axle. Both drivelines can transfer nearly all the torque to either the front or rear axles, depending on the driving situation, but the Advanced Driveline can disengage AWD, sending power to just the front axle to save fuel, and does more to keep the auto stable in dynamic driving.

MacPherson struts in front couple with an integral-link rear suspension. While not available at launch, an optional Configurable Dynamics package will include adaptive dampers with driver-adjustable settings. The crossover's stability control has a low-speed mode that smooths out launches on mixed-traction surfaces.

"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".

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With a 105.6-inch wheelbase and a 173.0-inch overall length, the E-Pace is a fairly small cat in stature that straddles the territory between the compact and subcompact segments. "After driving the Jaguar F-Pace in the record-breaking loop-the-loop, it has been wonderful to help launch the next chapter of the Pace family in an even more dramatic dynamic feat".

Base models come with synthetic leather, while leather is an option on some versions and standard on the plushest models. Having sat in a pre-production running model of the E-Pace, we can confirm that it seats four adults over 6ft comfortably. High-power audio, ambient lighting, a head-up display, and up to five USB ports can be specified, as can a power-operated, gesture-controlled tailgate and in-car data service, as well as navigation.

It's the 10-inch touchscreen sitting atop the center console which is the main talking point here, mainly due to the fact that it comes as standard on all E-Pace models, rather than being a pricey optional extra.

The E-Pace is on sale NOW, priced from £28,500.

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