Jaguar’s new baby SUV, the E-Pace, has been through the gauntlet of ANCAP’s stringent crash testing regime and come out with flying colours, achieving the full five-star score.
The Jaguar E-Pace doesn’t officially arrive in Australia until March, but ANCAP has taken a close look at crash data from Euro NCAP to provide an early score for peace of mind for buyers before it hits the market.
In crash tests the E-Pace scored 86 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, and 77 per cent for pedestrian protection. Frontal and side tests returned good protection for adult and child occupants.
Thanks to a pop-up bonnet mechanism, the E-Pace scored highly for pedestrian protection as well, providing particularly good protection for the pedestrian’s head. ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said:
“The Jaguar E-Pace scored well across all assessment areas and features a ‘pop-up’ bonnet and external airbag to improve head protection for struck pedestrians.”
As standard, the E-Pace will come with an extensive suite of safety features, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection. These safety assist systems received a score of 72 per cent, with automated braking demonstrating high reliability when tested at speeds of 80km/h.
All in all the test scores returned an overall score high enough to achieve the full five-star credentials. Speaking about the results, Matthew Wiesner, Jaguar Land Rover Australia MD, said:
“Safety is one of our core customer principles and so we’re thrilled that the Jaguar E-Pace has been recognised by ANCAP for its five-star safety credentials. The all-new Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV will bring many new customers to the Jaguar brand in Australia, particularly young families, so safety is an absolute priority.”
The Jaguar E-Pace will go on sale in Australia in March. It will be offered with a number of engine options, with power outputs spanning from 110kW and up to 221kW. Prices start at $47,750 (excluding on-roads).