Before that, the XE showed other compact saloons how it's done. 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. But the E-Pace is meant to appeal to a much younger demographic who might prefer a more engaging drive, so the styling also owes something to the F-Type sportscar. There are no official fuel economy figures for this - or any of the other engines - although Carbon dioxide emissions will be 162g/km.
Number time: The Jaguar E-Pace is 4,395mm long and has a 2,681mm wheelbase, providing rear leg room of 892mm.
In fact, underneath the body with its F-Type style headlamps, relatively low roofline and sloping tailgate is a platform based on the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque with a transverse engine layout.
On the inside, there is a new dashboard layout on offer, though certain bits and pieces have been borrowed from the F-Pace. According to Jaguar, the sporty driving feel will also be evident in the E-Pace with inspiration drawn from their F-Type sports vehicle. The 2018 model is available to order now, with prices starting at £28,500. Perhaps that's why Jaguar chose to attempt this record. The rear too gets the F-Type influence with the LED tail lights but carry a new chicane graphic The flared rear wheel arch also makes for a distinctive cut on the SUV, whereas the haunched rear Jaguar says was particularly hard to engineer. Jaguar has said it will drive in a similar fashion to the all-wheel drive model, which will be a plus if true because most SUV owners never actually go off-road anyway. The dashboard houses a 10-inch Jaguar Touch Pro infotainment screen which comes with InControl apps, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be added in the future.
With as gorgeous and award-winning a sibling as the F-Pace to compete with, the stakes were high for the E-Pace to make a lasting first impression.
Stiff suspension bushes and anti-roll bars help keep things flat.
Two engines will be offered, both 2.0 litre turbo units: the petrol will produce 213kW and will allow the E-Pace to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 6.4 seconds; the diesel will develop 110kW. The diesel variants will have power outputs ranging between 148 BHP, 177 BHP and 237 BHP, while the petrol power plant will be available in two states of tune - 247 BHP and 297 BHP. The E-Pace will get churned out of factories in Austria.
At the opposite end end of scale, there will be a high-performance 240PS diesel with 500Nm of torque and a 0-62mph time of seven seconds. The top speed, meanwhile, is 151mph for the latter, which is just shy of the 155mph a lot of performance SUVs are limited to.
Despite the heavy weight, the Jaguar E-Pace is fairly good at keeping Carbon dioxide emissions low. He has always wanted to try it, and Jaguar gave him that chance.