Jaguar E-Pace Sets Guinness World Record During Barrel Roll

Jaguar E Pace launch marked with record-breaking barrel roll

There are no sure bets in the auto industry but it is hard to imagine a scenario in which the new Jaguar E-Pace arrives in January and flops. The SUV comes with a sports DNA, thereby appealing to the driving enthusiast as much as to the SUV lover.

The E-Pace has a metal-effect trim finish inside to give it a more contemporary feel than wood.

Inspiration from the F-Type continues inside.

The exterior design of the E-Pace is inspired by the Jaguar F-Type sports vehicle, characterised by the signature grille, muscular proportions and short overhangs.

The E-Pace will also be the first front-wheel-drive Jaguar to go on sale since the X-Type saloon, that ceased production in 2009.

In fact the demand for the E-Pace is predicted to be so significant that Jaguar has contracted out its production to Austrian firm Magna Steyr - none of JLR's United Kingdom plants, which are working close to capacity, can accommodate such a major new model. The swept-back LED headlamps are a size larger than the ones found on the F-Pace, while the bumper houses large air dams.

Jaguar E Pace launch marked with record-breaking barrel roll

So while basic instrumentation will be conventional dials, there's also a 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel available to complement the 10-inch central infotainment display that of course, connects to a smart phone's music and apps and the interior has no less than five available USB ports. The unit now 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. Jaguar has included the sports car's "low grab rail" and a "stick shifter for the automatic gearbox rather than a rotary controller".

Number time: The Jaguar E-Pace is 4,395mm long and has a 2,681mm wheelbase, providing rear leg room of 892mm.

The Jaguar E-Pace will be offered with the company's 2.0-litre Ingenium engine range. 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.

E-Pace is built on the same platform as the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Grant had done one of his previous record-breaking stunts in a Jaguar F-Pace but had never before done the barrel run. Finally, the front seats are cool and the SUV drives just as smoothly as it looks to be from the inside and outside. A First Edition model will be exclusively available for the first year, priced at £47,500, available with either the 178bhp diesel or 246bhp petrol engine and based on the R-Dynamic SE specification pack.

From late 2017, the Jaguar E-PACE will be the first vehicle to be produced as part of Jaguar Land Rover's contract manufacturing agreement with Magna Steyr, an operating unit of Magna Inc, in Austria. To get an E-Pace you actually want, expect to pay more like £40k.