Must-See: All-New Jaguar E-PACE Unveiled With Spectacular Barrel Roll!

Must-See: All-New Jaguar E-PACE Unveiled With Spectacular Barrel Roll!

Unlike other Jaguars now on sale, the E-Pace uses a steel body, transversely laid out engines and front-wheel-drive format for the most basic model.

JAGUAR launched its new compact SUV E-Pace quite literally into the air tonight with a James Bond-style barrel roll in London's ExCel.

In so many words, the Jaguar E-Pace smart compact SUV is designed and engineered to be everything the brand is synonymous with, albeit in a smaller package.

Measuring in at 4395mm long, 1649mm tall and 1984mm wide, the E-PACE is just 7mm longer, 41mm taller than the Audi Q3 but a considerable 153mm wider.

Front-wheel drive will only be offered on the entry-level 150hp, 2.0-litre diesel model that comes with a six-speed manual.

Under the new skin of the E-Pace will resides a nine-speed automatic transmission paired with all-wheel-drive for the Australian market.

A major highlight is the All Surface Progress Control system, which brings semi-autonomous technology to the off-roading realm, monitoring wheelslip and keeping the auto cruising steadily between 1.8 and 30km/h. It shares some underpinnings with the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

They've made the interior take after the F-Type as well, with pillars from the dash wrapping around the center console, contrast stitching, and a mildly dished steering wheel for a good hint of performance. Mixed in with Jaguar's 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.1-inch infotainment screen is the sports car's driver-oriented layout and electric shifter (rejoice, ye that dislike the retracting rotary shifter).

"Demonstrating the agility, precision and performance" of Jaguar's newest SUV, the stunt was the final test for the E-Pace after 25 gruelling months of work across four continents to ensure it lives up to the company's "Art of Performance" philosophy.

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First out the gate will be the E-PACE First Edition.

Despite the heavy weight, the Jaguar E-Pace is fairly good at keeping Carbon dioxide emissions low.

Ian Callum, Jaguar's director of design, said the E-Pace is not a smaller-scale version of the F-Pace. The most powerful is the 296bhp petrol turbo engine, capable of 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and with a limited top speed of 151mph.

There are five USB ports and four 12V charging points making it one of the most connected vehicles in its class.

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.

Other notable features include the usual arsenal of active safety features, available 825-watt Meridian 15-speaker sound system, 4G wi-fi hotspot, and a windshield-projected head-up display. The LED headlight system can adjust beams to avoid dazzling other drivers.

Like the rest of the Jaguar lineup, the E-Pace has a subtly striking exterior design.

The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace will be offered in no fewer than seven models including a First Edition version that will be available for the first full year of sales. It will instead be manufactured at factories in China and Europe.