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Jaguar Reveal Sets Guinness World Record, Honda Preps YouTube Debut For Accord

Jaguar Reveal Sets Guinness World Record, Honda Preps YouTube Debut For Accord

Don't forget, for the reveal of the F-Pace, Jag deployed full Terry Grant to go and do a loop-the-loop (which earned him another world record).

Jaguar reckons that worldwide, about 80 per cent of E-Pace customers will be new to the brand which will only add to the extraordinary success of the F-Pace, which was largely responsible for the brand lifting sales by a staggering 83 per cent in the last 12 months.

This is the Jaguar E-Pace SUV, and if industry observers are to be believed we are going to be seeing a lot of it.

With plans already in place to take Jaguar Land Rover's three vehicle manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom close to their operating capacity, the creation of overseas manufacturing facilities delivers additional volumes needed to support the company's future strategy.

Having had no contender in the popular crossover and sport-utility vehicle space just two years ago, the new model will compete with the likes of BMW's X1, Audi's Q3, Mercedes' GLA and the forthcoming Volvo XC40, says IHS Markit principal automotive analyst Ian Fletcher. Those gains were mostly on the strength of the brand's first crossover, the F-Pace. The new SUV gets a bold grille giving the vehicle more butch feel complemented by a pair of sweptback headlamp. The rear too gets an apparent inspiration from the F-Pace, thanks to the similar design of the LED taillights, though the windscreen is a bit steeply raked on the E-Pace.

Very F-Type in the sense it has borrowed a few design cues, that is, including the head lights and the option of some huge alloy wheels. The slim and wide rear lamps feature full LED technology and the design is again from flagship Jaguar sports auto.

JLR said its three British plants were either full or running at near capacity
DARREN STAPLES REUTERS JLR said its three British plants were either full or running at near capacity

They've made the interior take after the F-Type as well, with pillars from the dash wrapping around the center console, contrast stitching, and a mildly dished steering wheel for a good hint of performance.

The designers have ensured that the overall design of the vehicle is unique yet familiar so that people relate it with the baby version of the F-Pace.

The Jaguar E-Pace will be offered with the company's 2.0-litre Ingenium engine range. Claimed 0-100 time is 10.5 seconds and top speed is rated at 193PS. The latter two are also offered in America - with the only manual option being on the base diesel model, the rest are offered with AWD and nine-speed automatic.

Though which engines will make it to our shores isn't yet finalized, all of the diesel and petrol engines are 2.0-litre turbo units.

WIth India being a hotbed for compact SUVs, Jaguar is expected to bring the SUV here in early 2018. And it won't be the final SUV from Jaguar - an all-electric model, the I-Pace, launches in 2018.