The Jaguar E-Pace is available to order from today from £28,500 ($38,600), with the first cars expected to be delivered in six months, putting it head to head with the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in the compact SUV market.
Jaguar chose to take a different approach for the E-Pace, which was launched - literally - with the world's longest barrel roll for a production vehicle. Short front and rear overhangs complement a teardrop design to the side windows, another element inspired by the F-Type. Like Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Maserati, Jaguar is a sports-car brand that is finding success translating its performance DNA to a broader luxury demographic hungry for utility vehicles. It'll do 0-60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds, and have a top speed of 143 miles per hour.
The E-Pace design team, led by Jaguar design director Ian Callum, already had an SUV in the family on which to take cues.
There are five different Ingenium engine types - two of which are diesel and three petrol - with the top-spec version capable of a blistering 0-60mph time of just 5.9 seconds.
"Inside, the dash is clearly influenced by the F-Type, with a 10.2" infotainment touchscreen, optional 12.3" digital instrument panel, Jaguar's inControl Apps, HVAC screens and a proper gear stick rather than a rotary knob. All models come paired with a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Don't let the "E" in its name misguide you though, this is no environmental friendly EV - that role will be taken up by the forthcoming I-Pace. The boot opens up to 577 litres of luggage space.
The standard driveline fitted to the other cars features a simpler front/rear torque split, but Jaguar has engineered both drive systems to give a rear-wheel drive feel where possible.
There is even a gesture-controlled tailgate and about 5 USB charging points. The intelligent set-up combines phenomenal traction with Jaguar's unmistakable rear-wheel-drive character.
New tech like a head-up display that's claimed to be 66 per cent brighter and more than twice the size of other conventional systems will make its debut in the E-PACE. The E-Pace 4,395mm long with a wheelbase of 2,681mm.
One of the cooler features (pending cybersecurity concerns) is the ability to lock your auto remotely using your smartphone or smartwatch.
The E-PACE will put added pressure on premium Detroit brands like Cadillac that have lagged in the SUV revolution. There is also cruise control.
Inside the cabin there's plenty of stowage space, from the 8.4-litre large storage compartment between the front seat, to a generous 10-litre glovebox and the spacious 10.6-litre door bins.
Jaguar Land Rover is renowned for creating SUVs that get stuff done, and that's the case with the E-Pace too.
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.
A configurable and adaptive dynamic packages will also be offered across the E Pace model line.