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2017-07-05 14:40

COMING IN 2018: Jaguar SA says the new performance SUV will arrive here next year. Image: Motorpress

Germany - From the freezing Arctic Circle to the dust and heat of Dubai, Jaguar claims its E-Pace has been subjected to a diverse testing programme.

Part of the programme included repeated laps at the Nurburgring.

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These tests, says Jaguar, is to ensure that the E-Pace performs on all surfaces and conditions.

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Facts and figures from E-PACE’s test programme:

  • Coldest temperature: -40°C
  • Hottest temperature: +48°C
  • More than 400 laps of the Nurburgring
  • 1.5km above sea level during altitude testing
  • In excess of 120 000 hours of testing involving more than 500 engineers

150 prototypes

More than 150 prototypes were built during a gruelling 25-month test programme that took place across four continents to ensure not only extreme durability but that the vehicle lives up to the automaker's Art of Performance philosophy.

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From the demanding Nurburgring circuit and high-speed Nardò test track to the deserts of the Middle East, Jaguar claims the E-Pace has proved itself in the world’s most challenging environments.

Jaguar’s engineers braved the -40C temperature of the Arctic Circle and the high altitudes and rivers of China’s most remote provinces to ensure E-PACE can withstand a lifetime of use in the hands of the most active and demanding customers.

Graham Wilkins, Chief product engineer, Jaguar E-Pace, said: "Our team of world class engineers and dynamics specialists have meticulously tuned and developed a true Jaguar.

"Months of intense testing on roads and tracks around the world have delivered a compact performance SUV that is true to Jaguar’s performance DNA.”  

Jaguar’s new compact performance SUV will face its final test in a world premiere that will be aired on Facebook and YouTube on Thursday July 13.

                                                                                   Images: Motorpress

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