Tested in Dubai: Jaguar E-Pace to Launch Soon
Jaguar will be launching its first compact crossover next week in London for the world press to see. Jaguar had been extensively testing prototypes of the company’s new E-Pace by putting them in differing environments, from the Middle East deserts to the Arctic Circle.
After the Jaguar F-Pace, now E-Pace will be the next joiner. The I-Pace will come in 2018. The E-Pace will have an initial price of AED 135,000 and offers an all-wheel drive and 2.0-litre turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive.
The E-Pace will be put in the same league as the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, and BMW X1. Hence, a lot of work has been done by the Jaguar to ensure E-Pace doesn’t loose edge in any condition. The car has been tested in a variety of environments, such as -40°C in the Arctic region and upto 50°C in one of the most hottest place, Middle East.
The car’s performance was also tested at the high-speed Nardo track, China’s remote mountains and the Nürburgring Nordschleife, where the E-Pace crossover was tested extensively doing more than 400 laps.
The Indian Tata-owned JLR group opened its regional testing facility in 2013. The facility was made for conducting extreme hot weather research and is based in Dubai.
Globally 500 engineers had been involved in the testing of the E-Pace prototype with over 120,000 working hours being put in the process. Over 150 prototype vehicles were used around four continents.
At Germany’s world-famous Nürburgring track, the E-Pace completed the 20 km long circuit over 400 times. While in the UK, a deep water test was done that put the E-Pace crossover in a half-meter deep pool. The car was then left for one hour with its engine off as well as doors open and then after the period of an hour was taken out and driven again.