‘Dubai-approved’ Jaguar E-Pace on the way

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 by

After prototype testing in Dubai’s deserts prepares to launch its all-new E-Pace compact crossover

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The highest recorded temperature during Jaguar’s Dubai-based hot weather testing programme was 48 degrees Celcius

Next week British luxury carmaker Jaguar is preparing to launch the brand’s first compact crossover in London to the world’s press, after putting prototypes of the new E-Pace through the testing phase from the Arctic Circle to the Middle East deserts.

Joining Jaguar’s range below the F-Pace, the E-Pace (the ‘E’ doesn’t denote ‘electric’ — that’ll be the I-Pace coming in 2018…) will start from AED135,000 in its home market offering customers a choice of 2.0-litre turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive.

The E-Pace will start from AED135,000 in its home market

Introduction of the company’s first ever SUV, the F-Pace, helped Jaguar boost sales by an unprecedented 83 percent last year, which is only bound to increase as the crossover line-up grows with the E-Pace and the coming zero-emissions I-Pace. Already in 2017, Jaguar sales for the first half of the year are up 65 per cent to nearly 80,000 units globally.

Jaguar’s design boss Ian Callum said: “The combination of sports car looks with Jaguar performance will ensure that the E-Pace stands out. Every Jaguar is designed to excite the senses, and we think E-Pace will do just that, albeit with its own individual character.” 

When it goes on sale the E-Pace will compete with rivals such as the and as well as the Mercedes GLA. To prepare for this cutthroat segment the Coventry-based carmaker says the E-Pace has been tested from -40 degrees Celsius in the Arctic Circle to nearly 50 degrees in the Middle East, with stints in between at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the high-speed Nardò test track, and in China’s remote mountains.

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Jaguar tested the E-Pace crossover over more than 400 laps at the Nürburgring Nordschleife

The Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover group opened its regional testing facility in 2013 in Dubai, to conduct extreme hot weather research from the carmaker’s 11,120 square foot Al Barsha base.

Jaguar says globally 500 engineers were involved in prototype testing the new E-Pace over 120,000 man hours, and according to the company 150 different prototype vehicles were used on four continents. The hottest temperature recorded during testing was +48 degrees Celsius and the highest altitude attained was 1,584 metres.

At Germany’s Nordschleife, the E-Pace lapped the 20km-long circuit more than 400 times, and in UK deep water tests the crossover was placed in a half-meter deep pool, left for an hour with the engine off and all the doors open, and then started back up and driven out.

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