New Jaguar E-Pace Rolls into the record books

Jaguar has taken the wraps off the 2018 E-PACE, it's latest SUV, but despite what the name would seem to imply this isn't the company's hotly-anticipated electric crossover.

Jaguar has unveiled its new - and slightly smaller SUV - the E-Pace.

Three versions of the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine are offered in the E-Pace, with the front-wheel drive manual offered as the only 150PS variant (D150).

And now the E-PACE is another Jaguar SUV that has set an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title during its world premiere in London. He points to the F-Type-like headlamps and the extended swooping roofline, as well as the short overhangs and muscular wheel haunches. Alloy wheels up to 21 inch in diameter are offered; the standard size wheel is 17-inch. Jaguar's product folks are also quick to point out that because it rides on a purpose-built Land Rover platform and not one from a auto like the Jaguar XE, the E-Pace is a proper sport utility vehicle.

Today, Jaguar launched its new E-Pace crossover in more ways than one.

It may be an SUV like the F-Pace but it's heavily influenced by the F-Type. It also lends a more sports vehicle feel, but bringing in the SUV practicality are the LED headlamps inspired by the F-Pace.

Drivers can spec a "a 12.3ins TFT digital instrument panel and a head-up display", says AutoExpress, while all models come fitted with a "10.2ins touchscreen for the infotainment system".

There's also a new Adaptive Dynamics system that adjusts the E-Pace's damper settings every 10ms. All of these can be equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. The smaller E-Pace is expected to capitalize on the segment's red-hot popularity with its sports-car styling and high-end heritage.

It might be compact, but beneath that suspiciously impractical-looking tailgate is an 806mm long luggage bay with space for 577 litres of cargo, and a quick sit in the back seat indicated adequate leg and head room for a pair of 182cm adults.

To that end, you'd be hard-pressed to find many folks willing to call the E-Pace unattractive both inside and out.

In addition to standard all-wheel-drive, the top-of-the range diesel and petrol models have Active Driveline all-wheel drive. Using a USB in the central cubby, you can easily connect your phone to the Meridian sound system - which itself has an 825W surround option.

The latest one to join the range is E-Pace, a mini SUV that is loaded with technical gizmos.

One of the cooler features (pending cybersecurity concerns) is the ability to lock your vehicle remotely using your smartphone or smartwatch.

The E-PACE R-DYNAMIC, meanwhile, while coax 296 HP and 295 lb-ft. of torque from the engine. The center console holds four big water botters, and the doors have molded-in pockets for additional storage. The E-PACE comes with ultra-high tensile steel bodysides that measure in at just 0.7mm thick shaving off more than 3.5kg in weight. A First Edition models will also be offered, but will only be available with the 246bhp diesel or 296bhp petrol engines and on sale for the car's first year of production.

  • Carolyn Briggs