Famed for its record breaking barrel-roll feat, Jaguar’s new E-Pace baby SUV has now officially hit the road.
And I was one of the first to get behind the wheel — on and off road — of the family-friendly 4×4 packed with sports-car performance and a top speed of up to 150mph. That included a rather nerve-racking test of its promised ‘cat-like agility’ on Brighton seafront that was a far cry from the school run.
Jaguar set up a tough, sloping test track close to the city’s i360 observation tower as part of the model’s international launch.
Cope with the slope: Ray Massey drives the new E-Pace in Brighton
This, the smaller sibling to the F-Pace, has been dubbed ‘the Cub’ by engineers. A silhouette design of mother jaguar and cub has even been incorporated into the windscreen and shines on the ground in shadow form from the puddle light beamed down from the wing mirror.
This five-seater has feline looks and rides on big wheels of up to 21 inches. It is powered by one of five frugal, but high-performance 2-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engines — two petrol of 250 bhp and 300 bhp and three diesel of 150 bhp, 180 bhp and 240 bhp.
Style: It is priced from £28,500 for the 150 bhp manual diesel, up to £45,800 for the First Edition diesel linked to a nine-speed automatic gearbox
It is priced from £28,500 for the 150 bhp manual diesel, up to £45,800 for the First Edition diesel linked to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Biggest seller is likely to be the mid-powered diesel, from £32,550. Bosses say the model has been designed to be ‘chuckable’.
Bags of room: Biggest seller is likely to be the mid-powered diesel, from £32,550
Mainly front wheel drive, it’ll pump power to the rear wheels when needed to boost grip on tight corners, muddy tracks or assault courses such as the one I tackled in Brighton.
Back in July the E-Pace entered Guinness World Records with a death-defying 270-degree corkscrew style barrel-roll stunt, mirroring one in the Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun.
On a roll: More than nine out of ten customers will be new to the Jaguar brand, the firm predicts
More than nine out of ten customers will be new to the Jaguar brand, the firm predicts. But it will be built in Austria and China, making it the first Jaguar to be built outside Britain.
So is the new E-Pace the purr-fect Jaguar SUV with suitably sharp claws and teeth to match its sleek feline contours?
That would be letting the cat out of the bag. But start preening those whiskers. A full road test follows here soon.
DRIVER WHO TURNED UP TO HER TEST IN A VW CAMPERVAN STILL LOYAL AFTER 50 YEARS
Karin Wilson caused her driving examiner to gasp when she turned up for her L-Test in a Volkswagen campervan.
Fifty years on and with 16 VWs to her name, she’s staying loyal to the German marque.
Loyal: Karin Wilson caused her driving examiner to gasp when she turned up for her L-Test in a Volkswagen campervan
Now 70, she bought her first her cream-coloured Beetle from North Riding Motors in 1967 and is pictured here with it holding her first daughter Suzanne, alongside her late husband Michael’s parents, Gladys and Frank Wilson. She said: ‘I loved the Beetle right from the beginning. It was new and cost £585.’
Since then she’s had a campervan, a second Beetle, three Golfs and 10 Polos.
At a thank you reception organised by her dealership, she said of taking the driving test: ‘The examiner took a gasp of breath when he saw it. He took me to the widest road he could find.’
MAN UTD BOSS JOSE MOURINHO IN DRIVING SEAT AT JAGUAR
Premier league: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho popped into Jaguar’s Solihull factory and gave a pep-talk to staff
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho popped into Jaguar’s Solihull factory to put the finishing touches to his new F-Pace, the 100,000th to roll off the line — and to give a pep-talk to staff.
We’ve all noticed the chill in the refrigerator aisles of supermarkets — but help is at hand courtesy of F1 motor racing know-how.
Aerofoil technology developed by the Williams F1 Group is being rolled out across fridges at 1,400 Sainsbury’s supermarkets.
The aim is to use the areofoils to act as a barrier to cut the energy used by refrigerators by up to 30 per cent, keeping food cold while also warming up the aisles for customers by up to 4c.
Lamborghini, in conjunction the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is developing a ‘self-healing’ car with sensors to detect cracks and dents in the carbon-fibre composite panels and tiny channels to plug gaps with fast-setting chemicals.
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