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2018 Jaguar E-Pace First Look Review

Baby Pace Coming to North America in 2018

Baby Pace Coming to North America in 2018

Jaguar unveiled the third member of the “Pace” SUV family today. Set to compete against the likes of the BMW X1, the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace will offer two engine options when it goes on sale in the U.S. next year.

The compact crossover joins the larger F-Pace and the upcoming all-electric I-Pace in the automaker’s rapidly expanding lineup, but the new model has its own distinct look. It features LED headlights similar to those on the F-Type sports car, and a raked roofline lends it the appearance of a coupe. Short front and rear overhangs complement a teardrop design to the side windows, another element inspired by the F-Type.

Unlike the F-Pace SUV, the E-Pace has only been announced with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine for our market. Standard models make 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, but buyers can also choose a version offering 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Jaguar estimates a 0–60 time of 5.9 seconds for the more powerful model and 6.6 seconds for the standard version. All models come paired with a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Thanks to Active Driveline technology, the E-Pace utilizes all four wheels only when needed. The system can transfer almost all engine torque to either the front or rear axles in extreme conditions. Standard brake-based torque vectoring improves cornering ability, and a low-speed cruise control automatically adjusts engine and brake settings to help drivers maintain control in low-traction situations. Drivers can choose between four driving modes, which include Normal, Dynamic, ECO, and Rain, Ice, and Snow.

Inside the cabin, the E-Pace features a standard 10.0-inch touchscreen and very few extraneous buttons on the dash. Buyers can opt for a 12.3-inch instrument panel display and a new head-up display that projects brighter, clearer graphics onto the windshield. Other features on the roster include a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation with real-time traffic and parking info, a gesture-controlled tailgate, and up to five USB charging points.

Prices for the E-Pace start at $39,595 USD. To receive the more powerful 296-hp engine, buyers must opt for the R-Dynamic model, which also adds a unique front bumper with deeper outboard air intakes, body-colored sills, and lower rear bumper surfaces with a gloss black rear valence. Inside, look for sport seats with heavy bolstering and leather finished in vibrant colors with contrast stitching.

Starting from $54,545 USD, First Edition models top the range and receive special interior materials, including soft-grain Windsor leather in Ebony with red contrast stitching. Available only in the first year of sales, it shares specification with the R-Dynamic line and gets unique First Edition carpet mats and tread plates. The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace models will arrive in dealerships in the beginning of 2018.

Jaguar also announced that the E-Pace set an official Guinness World Records title for the Furthest Barrel Roll in a Production Vehicle. Check out the photos below to see the SUV jump 50 feet and complete a 270-degree barrel roll.