Jaguar is also offering Configurable Dynamics technology for customising throttle, steering and transmission setting on the E-Pace, while there will also be Active Driveline and Torque Vectoring for more a rear-wheel drive feel.
JAGUAR launched its new compact SUV E-Pace quite literally into the air tonight with a James Bond-style barrel roll in London's ExCel. It's a new compact performance SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) which follows on from the firm's first ever SUV, the best-selling Jaguar F-Pace. Naturally, this jump was computer-modeled before it was attempted in real life, and Grant's E-Pace was fitted with a roll-cage, a racing seat, and a harness.
A small SUV, it is related to the larger F-Pace in the same way Jaguar's entry-level XE saloon auto is related to the XF.
The customers, Jaguar hopes, will be younger than average and as a result the E-Pace's price is lower too, starting at £28,500.
Sales of Jaguars are up 83 per cent year-on-year, driven largely by F-Pace.
The D150 offers Carbon dioxide emissions of 124g/km (and 60.1mpg on the NEDC combined cycle), with the all-wheel drive version of this variant, as well as the D180 AWD at 132g/km for six-speed manuals. Jaguar sports vehicle DNA is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic.
Measuring in at 4395mm long, 1649mm tall and 1984mm wide, the E-PACE is just 7mm longer, 41mm taller than the Audi Q3 but a considerable 153mm wider. Inside, the E-PACE gets "grab handles" inspired by the F-Type - for when the passenger needs help coping with the mini-ute's sports-car handling. The latter will be available in the car's sporty, R-Dynamic trim.
The E-Pace sits on JLR's LR-MS platform which now underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque. In Europe, it is either a 2.0-litre diesel producing 110kW, 132kW or 177kW depending on final spec, or a 2.0-litre petrol engine putting out 183kW or the range-topping 221kW.
Like an F Pace that's been in a really neat crash
But the styling is different from the F-Pace - although the big grille is there - with lights which sweep back, like the F-Type's, with a sweeping roof, strong lines on the flanks, defined haunches, chicane graphic tail lights, crisp surfacing and a clean rear end. Its larger sibling, the F-Pace was launched recently and it looks like the British marque will continue its SUV onslaught and launch a third model, the all-electric I-Pace, within a few months.
Under the bonnet, E-Pace features Ingenium petrol and diesel engines.
IHS Markit expects E-Pace sales to peak globally at around 61,500 during 2019, at which point Jaguar's overall deliveries worldwide will stand at 270,800 cars and light trucks - a remarkable comeback from the lows of under 50,000 vehicles in 2011 and 147,300 units previous year. The optional Adaptive Dynamics system provides variable suspension damping based on the driving mode.
A 10 inch touch screen faces one in the interior.
The rate at which people are ordering the E-Pace is about $38,600 or £28,500 per auto.
With practicality for modern life in mind, there are four USB ports, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices and storage specifically created to hold phones or music players.
Full Australian specs have yet to be finalised, but Jaguar has initially announced four trim levels; S, SE and HSE in the mainstream range and a First Edition offered exclusively with D180 and P250 engines for the initial year of manufacture.