Jaguar E-Pace has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle during its global unveiling at a ceremony in London’s ExCeL Center. A few months ago, Jag’s F-pace bagged the ‘WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR‘ & ‘WORLD CAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR‘ awards at World car awards. The model came into production in 2016. With less than a span of 2 years, Jag has released a tiny beast to do cross over and is set to challenge BMW’s X1, Benz’s GLA and the Audi’s Q3. It is also expected to become Jaguar’s biggest-selling model.
“At Jaguar, we have to do more than anyone else to prove that we’re good on the attributes that we weren’t in the past.”
– Ian Callum (Director of Design for Jaguar Cars).
Let’s Talk about the Car
The design of Jaguar E-Pace is influence from the F-Type and F-Pace. The E-Pace (Production Name – X540) is a mid-sized premium SUV based on the Ford’s EUCD transverse engine platform, which also underpinned the previous generation Freelander as well as the current Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport (D8 architecture).
The bonnet and bumpers are made of aluminium. “We’ve also used a great deal of high-strength steel in the sills and heel boards [the panel running across the central width of the car just in front of the rear seats],” says Graham Wilkins, E-Pace chief engineer. He explains that the demands of precise handling meant the MacPherson strut front, multilink rear suspension required camber changes, uprated subframe mountings and its own special settings for the electronic steering system.
The oval shaped grille, vertical headlamps with familiar J-blade daylight running lamps, and sleek roof-line tapering into the tail all make it resemble the F-type coupe. Even the lower bumpers have got air intake.
The E-Pace is 4345mm long, 1984mm wide and 1649mm high, with a wheelbase of 2681mm. Jaguar has made driver-focused Cabin.
The car, which weighs 1700kg, is much heavier than its main competitors. Jaguar counters by saying that its D8 architecture has authentic SUV capability, unlike that of its road-biased rivals.
Under the Bonnet:
Just because it got the alphabet E, doesn’t mean that it’s electric. The E-Pace will be available only with a petrol-fueled (Diesel may reach the dealership soon), turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four Ingenium engine in two states of tune. The base engine makes 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque; the other, exclusive to the R-Dynamic models, produces 296 horses and 295 lb-ft. This helps to reach from 0-100 kph in 5.9 seconds and top speed is around 240 kph. Both are connected to a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission that directs engine torque to one of two all-wheel-drive systems. The standard system uses a permanent all-wheel drive, while the R-Dynamic has what Jaguar calls an ‘Active Driveline’ that can transfer almost all engine torque to either the front or rear axle depending on driving mode and conditions.
Driver Assistant Packs:
Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, High-Speed Emergency Braking, Blind Spot assist 3, Parking assists, 360-degree parking aid & Rear traffic monitor.
The car will be manufactured in Austria (contract manufacturing agreement with Magna Steyr, an operating unit of Magna Inc) & also in China (JLR’s manufacturing plant in Changshu and is exclusively for Chinese Customers). Price is expected to be around £28,500 (₹24 lakhs)