Making its transition from the C-X17 concept to the production model, Jaguar has officially pulled all covers off the F-Pace at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the British brand’s first Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in its history. The automaker pegs it as a performance crossover with special emphasis on performance, as the model derives its underpinnings from the F-Type. To be positioned somewhere between the Audi Q5 and Q7 in terms of segment, the F-Pace possesses a highly dynamic and agile styling, keeping primary of its lines from the concept.
Designed by Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum at the brand’s Coventry headquarters, the F-Pace was developed over four years and comes with a quintessentially styling that makes it immediately recognizable as Jag. The cabin is a higlhy advanced place to be in, finished in exclusivity and gets a 10.2-inch central touchscreen InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and also comes with a laser head-up display. There is also an all digital virtual instrument cluster similar to the TT with a plethora of equipment on display. You also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on offer for enhanced connectivity options. Moreover, there are LED daytime running lights, sports seats, xenon headlamps and a 380 watt Meridian sound system on offer. The abundance of leather and wood keeps the luxury quotient high insdie the cabin.
Powerplant options are a handful on the Jaguar F-Pace including a 2.0-litre diesel producing 180 PS while the 2.0-litre petrol produces 240 PS. Power is sent to the rear wheels or all four wheels via manual and automatic transmission options. For the performance enthused, you also get the option of 3.0-litre petrol and diesel supercharged V6 engines belting out 340 PS and 300 PS respectively, mated to an automatic AWD setup. The light and stiff monocoque structure made from 80% aluminium (similar to the XE) makes for a light kerb weight of 1665 kg. With the V6 powerplant under the hood, 0-100 kmph can be clocked in just 5.1 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 250 kmph.
Given the Land Rover association, the new Jaguar F-Pace also benefits from several the former’s key attributes and comes equipped with Adaptive Surface Response (ASR) that is integrated into Jaguar Drive Control and identifies the surface type and thus optimizing the power and Dynamic Stability Control of the SUV. With the new F-Pace, Jaguar has also presented the new Activity Key that is essentially a wristband with an integrated transponder that allows the key fob to be inside the vehicle but disabled when the owner is not around. Jaguar hasn’t specified a high performance SVO version yet, but for all the right reasons, we seem that to be in the pipeline too.