Winnipeg Free Press

A glimpse at Jaguar's first compact SUV

by Myron Love  . Feb 16 2018
JaguarJaguar’s E-PACE was on display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Feb. 7.

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Jaguar’s E-PACE was on display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Feb. 7.

Last Wednesday the Winnipeg Art Gallery played host to a reception for about 200 enthusiastic guests — but it wasn’t art the crowd came to see.

The star of the evening was Jaguar’s new-for-2018 E-PACE — a five-seat compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Jaguar Winnipeg general manager Matt Sarmatiuk described the new E-PACE as “an incredible vehicle”.

Sarmatiuk pointed out the E-PACE is modelled after the larger F-PACE — which won the Car of the Year Award last year at the 2017 World Car Awards in New York. He also noted the E-PACE — which is available in a choice of four trims (Standard, S, SE and HSE) — is powered by a turbocharged two-litre four-cylinder engine, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which produces 247 horsepower. The optional R-Dynamic package boosts the output to 296 hp.

Inside, Sarmatiuk pointed to class-leading interior storage space, an infotainment system complete with a 10-inch touchscreen and optional heated front seats.

He also spoke of safety features, which include lane-keep assist, rear-view camera and front and rear parking assist.

The base price for the E-PACE is $42,700.

Gauthier Chevrolet adds sales star

 

Over the past 17 years, sales rep Keith Place has more than held his own among the top automobile salespeople in Manitoba.

He has earned General Motors Master Sales Guild ranking many times and, in 2005, he received GM’s national award as the top-ranked GM rep in Canada. In mid-January Place joined the Jim Gauthier Chevrolet team. “It’s a new opportunity for me, a fresh start,” he says.

He describes Gauthier Chevrolet as an exciting dealership with a great staff.

“I feel like I am fitting in very well here,” he says.

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DEALER OF THE WEEK

Sales Rep: Russell Dela Cruz

Dealership: Birchwood Honda on Regent

No. of Years: 3.5 years

Favourite Model: Honda Accord

Why: “I drive a Honda Accord myself,” Dela Cruz says. “I like the sporty styling and the size. And there are a lot of new technology features in the 2018 model.”