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Record-Breaking First Look: 2018 Jaguar E-Pace Does a Barrel Roll

Jag Sets Guinness Record for Furthest Barrel Roll in Production Vehicle

Jul 13, 2017
Photographers: Courtesy of Jaguar
Jaguar revealed the 2018 E-Pace compact SUV in stunning form today, setting a Guinness World Record in the process for longest barrel roll in a production vehicle. The stunt echoes the same kind of thing Jag used to show off the F-Pace in 2015 when it sent the midsizer through a Hot Wheels–style loop.
For today’s reveal, the company set up the E-Pace on a track that would see it perform a 270-degree corkscrew-like barrel roll, spanning a distance of 50 feet. Driven by 21–record-holding stunt driver Terry Grant, the E-Pace ran through a 525-foot run-up in order to achieve enough speed for the barrel roll. After hitting the ramp, Grant experienced 5.5g of force while flipping the Jag through the air. Check out the video of the stunt above.
Photo 2/49   |   2018 Jaguar E Pace Launch 01
After grabbing our attention with the E-Pace’s slick moves, Jaguar kept it by giving the world a closer look at the compact SUV that’ll do battle with the BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi small crossovers. In R-Dynamic form, the flagship 2.0L turbocharged gasoline I-4 makes 296 hp and 295 lb-ft, and the E-Pace is capable of sprinting to 60 mph in less than six seconds with a top speed of 152 mph. This powertrain is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with four overdrive gears for maximum efficiency, and a torque-on-demand rear axle aids traction and handling as needed by shuffling power between the left and right rear wheels.
Photo 9/49   |   2018 Jaguar E Pace Launch 08
The base engine is a 246hp, 269–lb-ft version of the same displacement, sharing its Ingenium architecture with the other 2.0L I-4s in Jaguar’s range. It will hit 60 in 6.6 seconds, with a top speed of 143 mph. Featuring the same nine-speed automatic transmission, the base E-Pace is equipped with a slightly less sophisticated version of the R-Dynamic’s all-wheel-drive system. Both systems are biased 60/40 toward the front wheels in normal driving, but Jaguar says 100 percent of the engine's torque can be sent to either axle, aiding both traction in slick conditions and enthusiastic driving.
Photo 10/49   |   2018 Jaguar E Pace Front Three Quarter In Motion 06
Its styling is as attractive as those performance numbers, with lovely lines cribbed from the excellent F-Pace SUV. Up front, a glowering set of lighting elements frames the brand’s signature recessed grille opening. Two massive air intakes rest underneath those LED headlamps and above the slim foglamps precariously perched on the front valence. The shape of the greenhouse recalls Jag’s stunning F-Type coupe, and the rear LED signature features an angular, geometric version of the sports car’s taillights. The overall shape of the E-Pace is slightly less organic and more angular than that of other Jaguars, a move that likely represents the crossover’s targeted audience: younger, hipper, more technologically savvy drivers.
Photo 14/49   |   2018 Jaguar E Pace Cabin 04
The interior design is similar to that of the F-Pace, with a driver-oriented center stack bookended by a grab handle for the passenger. Digital dials for the HVAC controls rest underneath the 10-inch InTouch infotainment system, with attractive sport seats and a racy three-spoke wheel beckoning the driver. Other connectivity niceties include an available 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel, featuring reconfigurable virtual gauges and a variety of on-screen features to aid in vehicle monitoring and reduce driver distraction. Clever details abound on the E-Pace, such as the jaguar-with-cub silhouette etched into the windscreen and appearing in the puddle lamps, the jaguar-print carpeting, and the attractive stitching on the seats, door handles, and dashboard. Like many new Jags, a waterproof Activity Key allows the driver to play in the sand, surf, and sun without risking damage to the E-Pace’s keyless entry system.
With an overall length of 173 inches, the E-Pace is designed to compete with the similarly sized BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA. A longish 105.6-inch wheelbase puts the wheels at the corners. The E-Pace also features a muscular track width of around 64 inches, depending on wheel choice, giving it a hunkered-down stance that looks much more planted than its competitors. The wider body should also pay dividends in usable interior space, with as much or more shoulder room for all passengers, although a low roofline does compromise headroom somewhat. Cargo space trails the BMW X1, but beats both the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA. Working against the E-Pace is a surprisingly heavy curb weight of 4,175 pounds, at least 450 more than its closest competitors, and a starting price of $38,600 is more than those German mini-SUVs.
Photo 18/49   |   2018 Jaguar E Pace Front Three Quarter In Motion 02
You do stand to get a fair bit more style and performance from the Jaguar E-Pace, however, as the only compact SUV on the market that matches its expressive design is the Infiniti QX30. However, the Japanese-German crossover doesn't feature the bragging rights that come with the E-Pace's world-record status. Manufactured in Austria, the 2018 E-Pace will hit Jaguar dealers later this year.
Source: Jaguar
Photo 19/49   |   2018 Jaguar E Pace Front Three Quarter In Motion 04

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