In pure Jaguar Land Rover style, the new E-PACE made its world debut in a way that was mind-blowing!

Jaguar E-PACE launch

In an extravaganza set up in London, Jaguar added another Guinness World Record to its name. This was done with the release and world debut of its new compact performance E-PACE SUV.

Before I get to that, internally the E-PACE is labelled as “the cub” and to reflect this there are even icons of a mother and baby Jaguar cub on the windscreen edge.

The baby luxury SUV is a transverse-engined, steel-structured vehicle that is somewhat based on Range Rover Evoque architecture. The SUV took 3 years in development and along with the use of Jaguar XF suspension hardware, is a good sporty SUV offering.

Its chief engineer Graham Wilkins has promised that the E-PACE drives just as a Jaguar should.

Guinness World Record

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Driven by a legendary stunt driver, Terry Grant, the E-PACE managed a 15.3 metre-long jump. Not just a long jump, but a 270-degree corkscrew-like ‘barrel roll’!

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I didn’t believe it at first.

2018 E-PACE

This certainly makes it look like a very convincing SUV. It’s said the Jaguar design director Ian Callum’s team drew inspiration from the F-Type sports car instead.

Elements that direct you to this are the headlights, coupe-like window line, and it’s bulging rear. Jaguar is also offering the E-PACE with the option of 21” alloys. It apparently has never been offered before on an SUV in this sector.

This is what Callum had to say on its design:

“Oh, it’s got an attitude to it, alright! Its proportions, stance and lines express this as a driver’s car, while the interior offers true Jaguar levels of luxury and sportiness.”

The E-PACE SUV follows in the steps of Jaguar’s first all-electric SUV, the I-PACE Concept and the World Car of the Year-winning F-PACE performance SUV.

It is going to be one of the most connected vehicles in its class. It’s offered with four 12-volt charging points, five USB connections as well as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.

It’s also fitted with the “next-generation touchscreen (25cm) infotainment system” that connects to apps. One such app is Spotify through Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl apps. Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl system allows you to track your vehicle, check fuel levels and mileage from your smartphone or smartwatch. It will automatically alert emergency services if a collision takes place.

Strong foundations and interior space have been maximized through the development of new chassis hardware. Fitted with an active driveline all-wheel-drive system, it also has all-surface dynamic capabilities. Said to be a technological first according to Jaguar.

Local availability

The five-seater E- PACE will be available in South Africa in 2018. It is going to take on the BMW X1, the Audi Q3, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

As to what engines and specifications will be available for local buyers is yet to be announced.