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All-New Jaguar E-Pace SUV: Everything You Need to Know

Finally unveiled with the now-essential pyrotechnic bang is Jaguar’s E-Pace SUV, slotting beneath the rapid-selling F-Pace and sister car to the forthcoming electric I-Pace. Having built its image on sporting saloons and sexy sports cars, Jaguar is now in the same position as everyone else – make SUVs or get left behind.

The E-Pace was already well into its development when the F-Pace was launched, but the massive success of that car has vindicated the decision to introduce a smaller offering.

We’ll see the E-Pace in the metal at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, but it’s available to order now.

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What stunt did Jaguar pull off this time?

No new JLR launch is complete without there being some kind of record set. For the new E-Pace SUV, Terry Grant set about performing a corkscrew jump  – officially called an Astro Spiral Jump – covering 15.3 metres and 270 degrees of rotation in the process and bagging himself a plaque for the ‘Furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle’.

That’s after Jim Dowdell drove the all-new XF along wires suspended across the Thames at Royal Victoria Docks and Grant set a record loop-the-loop with the F-Pace when it first launched.

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Inside and out in the new E-Pace

Like its stablemates the E-Pace sits on an aluminium and steel structure clothed in aluminium body panels, although it goes a little heavier on the sporty details, include headlights that could be pinched straight from the F-Type.

Although its significantly shorter than its big brother, the E-Pace sits on a wheelbase almost identical in length. Pushing the wheels out to the corners helps cabin space – five humans plus 577 litres of their luggage is possible.

There’s more F-type touches inside too, with a grab handle sprouting from the transmission tunnel and cabin trim designed to echo the F. You can also specify treats for gadget freaks like a gesture-controlled tailgate and the activity key.

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Jaguar E-Pace engines

The engine room of the E-Pace is exclusively filled with the aluminium Ingenium units, kicking off with a 2.0-litre single-turbo diesel pushing 148bhp to the front wheels only, making this the only FWD Jag on sale.

On the smallest 17-inch wheel option it claims official figures of 60.1mpg and 124g/km, while the alternative 178bhp and 237bhp diesels send power to all four wheels, via six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissions.

The two petrol options are 2.0-litre turbo petrols with the range-topper offering 296bhp and 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds.

Full engine list here:

  • Diesel: 148bhp, 280lb ft, from 124g/km
  • Diesel: 178bhp, 317;b ft, from 137g/km
  • Diesel: 237bhp, 369lb ft, 162g/km
  • Petrol: 247bhp, 269lb ft, 174g/km
  • Petrol: 296bhp, 295lb ft, 181g/km

Suspension is derived from the F-Pace with the addition of a lightweight aluminium knuckle on the front end and specially designed subframes front and rear.

E-Pace also gets the full gamut of electronic enhancements either as standard or as an option; adaptive dynamics, active four-wheel-drive, torque vectoring by braking and Jaguar’s all-surface progress system.

Along with a fully kitted-out First Edition, there’ll be a sporty R-Dynamic model to accompany the S, SE and HSE trim levels Jag is offering. The ‘Caldera Red’ colour pictured is exclusive to the First Edition and the limited-run model has 20-inch alloy wheels, a head-up display and a couple of extra practicality features like load rails as standard.

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Any other little details?

Jaguar is playing on the pun of its name by dropping in a few ‘easter eggs’ around its new baby SUV. There’s a ‘Jaguar Cub’ graphic etched into the black band around the windscreen and you can even see it in the puddle lights, while jaguar print mats finish the cheeky look.

Jaguar E-Pace price and release date

A full pricing structure hasn’t been released yet, but you can order one now from £28,500.