Jaguar E-Pace Barrel Rolls Its Way Spectacularly Into Record Books

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So Jaguar took the term "launch" literally and drove their new E-Pace SUV off a ramp before hitting a full 360 degree barrel roll.

Jaguar officials made a point of referencing the F-Type's handling and performance as the inspiration for the E-Pace.

This Includes Jaguar Land Rover, which announced yesterday that their Jaguar E-PACE compact SUV will be built by Magna at its contract vehicle manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria.

Some of the E-Pace's design cues, such as the headlights and fascia, were taken from the F-Type sports auto. As a celebration of the new Jaguar, Pete collaborated with singer-songwriter Raye to perform "You Don't Know Me" by Jax Jones. Jaguar has included the sports car's "low grab rail" and a "stick shifter for the automatic gearbox rather than a rotary controller". 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.

"It was fundamental to us that E-Pace delivers exceptional drive dynamics, yet is refined and comfortable, and this was achieved with intelligent solutions, such as the compact Integral Link rear suspension and the semi-solid mounted front subframe". An all-wheel-drive version of the 150hp diesel will be the only other model offered with a manual 'box. The E-Pace also gets a sloping roofline at the rear, a styling cue that features on both the F and I-Pace.

For the frugally minding, the 110kW diesel uses 5.6-litres per 100km but the higher-powered petrol model is an 8.0L/100km proposition. Its larger sibling, the F-Pace was launched recently and it looks like the British marque will continue its SUV onslaught and launch a third model, the all-electric I-Pace, within a few months.

E-PACE production is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017. A family with one or two kids should get by nicely.

Ian Callum, Jaguar's director of design, said: "Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-PACE is immediately recognisable as the sports auto of its class".

Full Australian specs have yet to be finalised, but Jaguar has initially announced four trim levels; S, SE and HSE in the mainstream range and a First Edition offered exclusively with D180 and P250 engines for the initial year of manufacture.

While the sportier R-Dynamic models, available in S, SE and HSE trim levels, benefit from the more powerful 220kW version of the engine.

So while basic instrumentation will be conventional dials, there's also a 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel available to complement the 10-inch central infotainment display that of course, connects to a smart phone's music and apps and the interior has no less than five available USB ports.