Car manufacturers put their new models through all sorts of endurance tests before they reach the showroom floor, but what Jaguar has put its new E-Pace through has verged on cruelty.
The forthcoming compact performance SUV is set to steal sales from the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 when it becomes available some time in 2018.
Before then though, Jaguar has been testing the E-Pace in some of the world’s most demanding environments. Honestly, it makes those gruelling Rocky training montages look like a lazy Sunday in front of the telly.
Over the past two years, more than 150 prototypes have been tested in four continents – from the demanding Nürburgring circuit and high-speed Nardo test track, to the deserts of the Middle East, as well as the -40 degree C temperatures in the Arctic Circle and the high altitudes and rivers of China’s most remote provinces.
Each time, the E-Pace has proved itself, emerging unscathed.
Jaguar’s chief product engineer Graham Wilkins 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.”
You can watch the reveal of the E-Pace live on Facebook and YouTube from 8pm on Thursday 13th July, when it will undergo one final test.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Jaguar and its Land Rover sister brand have built a great reputation for unveiling their new models in extravagant style. We can’t wait to see what they’ve got lined up this time!”
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