2018 Jaguar E-Pace Debuts with Record-Breaking Barrel Roll | Edmunds

2018 Jaguar E-Pace Debuts with Record-Breaking Barrel Roll

The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace performance SUV made its debut in London on Thursday by setting a Guinness World Record for the longest barrel roll by a production vehicle.

The stunt, which took place at the ExCeL convention center, involved a 525-foot run up to speed followed by a 50-foot leap, during which the E-Pace rolled 270 degrees. Jaguar notes that months of testing and computer modeling were completed before the record-setting attempt by professional stunt driver Terry Grant and advises that this maneuver is "not one to be tried at home."

"As far as I am aware, no production car has ever cleanly completed a bona-fide barrel roll and therefore it has always been an ambition of mine to perform one ever since I was a boy," said Grant. "After driving the Jaguar E-Pace in the record-breaking loop-the-loop, it has been amazing to help launch the next chapter of the Pace family in an even more dramatic dynamic feat."

On hand to certify the event was Guinness adjudicator Pravin Patel, who said: "This amazing feat really was a sight to behold. While I’ve seen the barrel roll stunt in film, witnessing this incredible feat in real life was something pretty special. Congratulations to Terry and Jaguar for setting another epic Guinness World Record title."

As previously reported by Edmunds, the E-Pace, priced from $39,595, including a $995 destination charge, is aimed at shoppers in the market for a smaller, less expensive SUV than the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, which is priced from $43,060 with destination charge.

It may be more compact, but the E-Pace retains its "performance" label with the choice of two 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The standard powerplant generates 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while the optional unit puts out 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and is capable of propelling the five-passenger SUV to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

Both engines come mated to a standard nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system. The optional adaptive dynamics suspension monitors vehicle movement and damping force every few milliseconds, recalculating and adjusting as necessary to reduce body roll and maximize driver control.

Inside, leather seating and soft-touch materials combine to provide the level of luxury buyers expect of a Jaguar. But the designers have eschewed the traditional wood trim in favor of aluminum for a more modern appearance. The standard infotainment system features a 10-inch touchscreen display, smartphone connectivity, five USB connections and up to four 12-volt charging points.

Not surprisingly, the E-Pace is loaded with a number of advanced driver-assist technologies, including front collision alert with automatic braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, traffic-sign recognition and adaptive cruise control. There's also Jaguar's first head-up display, which projects such information as vehicle speed and navigation directions, with full-color graphics, into the driver's line of sight.

The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace will begin arriving at U.S. dealerships early in 2018.

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