Jaguar has unveiled its mid-sized SUV in all its glory.
Customer orders are now open for the E-Pace, which will be priced from £28,500.
It won't though be built in the UK, but in Austria, with China starting to produce later next year. Jaguar Land Rover said UK facilities were "close to capacity", so it has agreed a deal with engineering and manufacturing specialist Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. The E-Pace will be produced exclusively for the Chinese market at Chery JLR's manufacturing plant in Changshu.
Its very first all-electric car, the I-Pace will also start production in Austria in 2018.
The new E-Pace in all of its glory:
The five-seater features a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot that eight devices can stream content from and a sports car-inspired design with 21-inch alloy wheels. There are up to 12-volt charging points and five USB connections. It is also the first Jaguar to exclusively feature Ingenium petrol and diesel engines.
“Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-Pace is immediately recognisable as the sports car of its class. 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," said Ian Callum, director of design, Jaguar.
The E-Pace has a hard act to follow, after the popularity of Jaguar's performance SUV the F-Pace. JLR announced sales rising nine per cent last year, with pre-tax profits of £1.6bn for the year to 31 March. And Jaguar's F-Pace was credited as driving the bumper success for Jaguar sales, which were up 83 per cent year-on-year.
And earlier this month, JLR said booming sales in China had boosted sales for June, rising 63.5 per cent year-on-year.