Jaguar E-Pace: Designed to Cross Over

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Jaguar E-Pace: Designed to Cross Over

No, it's not the all-battery SUV coming next year. Which is why Jaguar is now looking to gain new customers with its first ever compact crossover - the E-Pace, which is about the same size as the Range Rover Evoque for the sake of comparison.

It might be a "baby" compared to the F-Pace but the latest model is still hugely practical. Down its sides, the body has some deep insets that offset some of the height, while the fenders curve and swell at the rear in a rush, starting their stamping halfway into the rear doors. Alternatively, you can buy a waterproof band from Jaguar that also lets you lock and unlock the auto remotely, so you can store your valuables inside for a fun day of surfing - or any other watersports loaded 30-somethings get up to on a weekend.

The E-Pace will start at $39,595 when it goes on sale in the USA within the first two months of 2018. Instead, attendees of the London launch were shown a video of the stunt, which claimed the title of Furthest Barrel Roll in a Production Vehicle, before the E-Pace itself was revealed to media and VIPs. 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. It produces 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet.in standard spec, but takes a hike to 296 HP and 295 lb-ft.in the R-Dynamic model. E-Pace models making less power will make the sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds (zero to 100 km/h in seven seconds flat), while any of the three E-Pace R-Dynamic models will do the same run in 5.9 seconds (zero to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds). The 246-hp version checks in at 6.6 seconds and 143 miles per hour.

Here's a closer look at the Jaguar E-PACE.

Both the standard E-Pace and the R-Dynamic model are available in S, SE and HSE trims. The E-Pace will be available only with a gasoline-fueled, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four in two states of tune.

Sending that to the pavement will be a nine-speed automatic transmission built by ZF, while all North American versions will be fitted with all-wheel drive. The range topping AWD system, called Active Driveline, is available with the 237bhp diesel and a 296bhp petrol and can, when needed, direct nearly all the engine's torque to the rear axle. The high-output model gets a more complex system with a twin-clutch rear differential that delivers true torque vectoring; it can also disconnect its rear axle for better gas mileage. Drivers can select driving modes through the E-Pace's JaguarDrive control, choosing from Normal, Dynamic, Eco, as well as a Rain, Ice and Snow mode for low-grip conditions.

In terms of styling, the sleek, aerodynamic lines of the E-PACE are inspired from the F-Type sports coupe, with short overhangs and a wide stance.

Jaguar Land Rover is renowned for creating SUVs that get stuff done, and that's the case with the E-Pace too.

That entry price will buy you a front-wheel-drive vehicle with a six-speed manual gearbox, but most versions of the E-Pace are likely to have four-wheel drive and an eight-speed auto 'box. Safety features will include lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control.

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