Jaguar’s smallest SUV yet, the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace has been finally been unveiled globally, but not without the company’s trademark stunts in place. The new E-Pace competitors the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA that Jaguar was prepping for a long time now and keeps up with the design philosophy started with the F-Pace last year. In addition to its reveal, the Jaguar E-Pace also made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle.
The front is typically comparable to the F-Type and there has been a conscious effort from the company to give it that appeal. It also lends a more sports car feel, but carrying in the SUV practicality are the LED headlights inspired by the F-Pace. The back too gets the F-Type inspiration with the LED tail lights but carry a new chicane graphic the flared rear wheel arch also makes for a distinctive cut on the SUV, whereas the haunched back Jaguar says was mostly difficult to engineer. At 4.4 meters in length, the E-Pace is in-line with competition but how much of the space is actually available inside?
Well, Jaguar safeguarded that tall travelers are equally comfortable and relaxed inside the E-Pace’s cabin and the tall seating position helps the case. Jaguar has once again borrowed bits from the F-Type, while the dashboard looks a more futuristic. There’s a central 10.2-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system as standard on all models, while customers can opt for a 12.3 inch TFT digital instrument console and Heads up Display. The unit currently gets the Jaguar’s InControl Pro suite of apps, while the company does say Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be offered in the future. More noticeably, there’s a sports stick shifter instead of Jaguar’s rising rotory gear selector.