Page 56 - The Hunt Magazine - Winter 2019
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                 BEHIND THE WHEEL
IrEcENTly HAd THE opporTUNITy To TEsT drIvE oNE of THE NEwEsT ModEls froM JAGUAr, THE E-pAcE sporT UTIlITy.
The Jaguar E-PACE has a sculpted hood, muscular rear haunches and the lines of a coupe. A visual appraisal tells me that this sporty-looking new Jag will be a hit with owners looking for a small SUV to drive to their beach house or place in the Poconos.
For easy, practical loading, the E-PACE’s cargo space is about 4.3 feet wide. The optional power tailgate lets you open the trunk hands-free. The E-PACE is the company’s first crossover and will compete with many U.S. and European crossover vehicles.
The E-PACE set an official Guiness World Record during its world premiere by jumping 50 feet, complete with a 270-degree corkscrew-like barrel roll. “Our new compact SUV combines the interior space, connectivity and security that families expect with the kind of proportions, purity of design and performance not usually associated with such a practical vehicle,” says Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design.
Compared to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, the E-PACE is larger and more expensive at $54,000. Time will tell if the new small Jag gains market share from its competitors in a crowded SUV market.
There are two E-PACE models available. The base model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 246 horsepower. The 296 horsepower version that I am driving shares a nine-speed transmission with its sibling model.
The E-PACE could be confusing, since several automakers use “E” to mean electric power. But the E-PACE monicker actually means SUV. Jaguar says that my higher-output engine’s all-wheel- drive system is more advanced and helps improve the E-PACE’s handling when going around turns. I confirmed the claim while driving around Hunt Country.
By Bill Metten

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