The E-Pace – Jaguar’s new “compact” SUV – has been undergoing final tests in the world’s most demanding environments ahead of its global premiere on July 13.
Slotting in below the F-Pace, the fastest-selling Jaguar ever, engineers are “ensuring it is not only a driver’s car but a dynamic and entertaining performance SUV too”.
Jaguar unleashed hell* and high water** to ensure that E-Pace works on all surfaces and in all weathers.
More than 150 camouflaged prototypes were built during a gruelling 25-month test programme which took place across four continents.
From the demanding Nürburgring circuit and high-speed Nardo test track to the deserts of the Middle East, the E-Pace proved itself in the world’s most challenging environments.
Jaguar’s engineers braved the -40C temperature of the Arctic Circle and the high altitudes and rivers of China’s most remote provinces to ensure E-Pace can withstand a lifetime of use in the hands of the most active and demanding customers.
“Our team of world class engineers and dynamics specialists have meticulously tuned and developed a true Jaguar. Months of intense testing on roads and tracks around the world have delivered a compact performance SUV that is true to Jaguar’s performance DNA,” said Graham Wilkins, Chief Product Engineer, Jaguar E-Pace.
*Hell: The E-Pace lapped the Green Hell (the Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring) more than 400 times.
** High water: The E-Pace drove to the centre of a 0.5m deep pool of water in Jaguar Land Rover’s ultimate wading test at Gaydon. The engine was switched off, all the doors were opened and left for an hour, before the car was started back up and driven out.