Jaguar revealed details and official images of its first compact crossover, the E-PACE, on July 13, including a wild stunt involving a 50-foot-long barrel roll jump.
The manufacturer said the stunt was a demonstration of the more than two years’ work its engineers put into the E-Pace’s “agility, precision and performance.”
Despite its name, the E-PACE is not an electric vehicle; that’s the I-PACE concept that debuted last November, due to hit the market some time in the future. The E-PACE is a conventional small utility, powered by a 2.0-litre Ingenium four-cylinder turbocharged engine shared with a variety of other Jaguar and Land Rover models.
For the E-PACE, the 2.0-litre makes 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque in standard trims, and 296 hp and 295 lb-ft in a trio of R-Dynamic models. Both engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and in Canada, all E-PACE models will have AWD.
Jaguar claims the 246-hp engine is good for zero-to-100-km/h acceleration times of 7.0 seconds, while the uprated mill pulls the car through the same range in 6.4 seconds. Four driving modes – normal, dynamic, eco and rain/ice/snow – tailor driveability to prevailing conditions and the driver’s whim.
Design-wise, Jaguar calls out short overhangs, teardrop-shaped side windows, and head- and taillights that recall the F-Type sports car. The light signature of the taillights was inspired by the shape of a racetrack chicane, the puddle lamp projection includes a Jaguar cub image, and the rotary climate control dials were inspired by the “precise controls of a camera lens.”
High-tech features include the latest generation of Jaguar’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, with a 10-inch touchscreen with tablet-like pinch, swipe, and zoom functions. The screen is also large enough to display two sets of content side-by-side.
A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is also available; it too can be set to show a variety of information, including navigation mapping.
The E-PACE also gets the option of Jaguar’s Activity Key, a wearable waterproof and shockproof fob that unlocks the vehicle when it’s brought near a sensor above the rear licence plate. Jaguar says this novel item has been tested for water resistance to a depth of 18 metres and to withstand temperatures ranging from -50 Celsius to 85 degrees above zero.
Connected car nods include the ability to lock/unlock the car remotely, and the E-PACE’s five occupants can enjoy a WiFi hotspot, connected navigation, and Jaguar’s InControl apps.
Jaguar says the E-PACE goes on sale across Canada in early 2018 and will be priced from $42,700 with the 246-hp engine, and from $51,000 with the more potent motor. A limited-run First Edition model with the 246-hp powerplant will be the most dear at $59,000, and will include a number of features optional in other trims.