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Jaguar E-Pace sets Guinness world record for furthest barrel roll

Jaguar E-Pace launch countdown LIVE - New SUV price, specs and design to be revealed Jaguar E-Pace
Garry Little | 14 July, 2017, 00:31

While the larger F-Pace has a slightly more upright appearance, the sportier E-Pace has a sleeker roofline that can be characterized as nearly a fastback.

It's the 10-inch touchscreen sitting atop the center console which is the main talking point here, mainly due to the fact that it comes as standard on all E-Pace models, rather than being a pricey optional extra. It will purr along on two turbocharged, 2-liter engines ranging from 236 horsepower for the base model, to a 296-horse unit. The entry-level vehicle will have 246 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, and 269 lb-ft. of torque from 1,200 rpm. This will reach 60mph in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph. The fastest models will be capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds and hitting a top speed of 155 miles per hour. All models come paired with a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Whatever the powertrain, it's an eminently sensible model for Jaguar to launch.

The wheelbase - the distance from wheel centre to wheel centre - is a lengthy 2.61m, which is shorter than the F-Pace's 2.87m, but similar to the 2.64m wheelbase of the rival Nissan Qashqai. The F-PACE SUV has been a rising star in the automaker's line-up, meanwhile, seeing a warm reception alongside its Land Rover and Range Rover siblings. It sits in the range under the larger and already hugely successful F-Pace, but with its smaller stature the E-Pace is expected to surpass its stablemate. Its oval grille, vertical headlamps incorporating familiar J-blade running lamps, and sleek roofline tapering into the tail all make it resemble the F-type coupe.

Inside the E-Pace, there's some clothes-borrowing afoot.

Inside, Jaguar's wraparound dashboard splits the front space between driver and passenger. Inside, look for sport seats with heavy bolstering and leather finished in vibrant colors with contrast stitching.

There are vehicle unveilings, and then there are auto unveilings with record-breaking barrel rolls.

Key trinkets to entertain the heaving masses include a 4G-linked WiFi hotspot that up to eight devices can link to and stream from, if you can stomach the eventual data bills. Along with all-important practicality and notable capability, the first ever E-Pace may just drag its maker into the most lucrative part of the mainstream market.

Standard E-Paces are available in three trim levels - S, SE and HSE - with 11 colour options. Jaguar claims the overall feel is the driving experience of a sedan but with an SUV driving position. The optional Adaptive Dynamics system provides variable suspension damping based on the driving mode. The latter has continuously variable dampers that adjust every 10 milliseconds. The 246-hp model has a system that splits power between the front and rear axles and uses brake power to curb understeer, for an electronically simulated version of torque vectoring.

To that end, you'd be hard-pressed to find many folks willing to call the E-Pace unattractive both inside and out. At the rear, two independent electronically-controlled wet-plate crutches can send up to 100-percent of the torque to either of the wheels in 100 milliseconds.

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