After what seems like an age back we aboriginal saw teasers and hints surrounding the Jaguar F-Pace, it was assuredly apparent at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the Jaguar C-X17 abstraction car, it’ll hit showrooms abutting year priced aloof over £34,000 and we’ve already taken a drive in a prototype.
It adeptness be Jaguar’s aboriginal anytime SUV, but sister aggregation Land Rover has its fair allotment of acquaintance in the market. The F-Pace will clasp amid the Ambit Rover Evoque and Ambit Rover Sport in size, but with aberrant berth feel and on-road activating adeptness at the top of the agenda.
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Prices will reflect this position, with the entry-level F-Pace blame things off at £34,170. Both petrol and agent models will be accessible back the car hits showrooms in April 2016, additional a rear-wheel drive adaptation will additionally affection in the range. At the top of the agency will sit a 375bhp F-Pace S archetypal into which Jaguar has alone the supercharged V6 from the F-Type sports car.
The car will be placed “somewhere amid the Audi Q5 and Q7″ and will accept abundant cossack amplitude to accord the VW Passat Estate a adamantine time, with a affluence autogenous that should accomplish rivals like the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5 look old-fashioned.
We were advised to a bastard examination of the new F-Pace afore its official acknowledge at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with Jaguar’s arch artist Ian Callum at the brand’s Coventry HQ. The car has been about four years in the authoritative and, according to Callum, absolutely subverts the Jaguar he abutting 15 years ago.
“As a architectonics team, we’d never done annihilation like this before,” he said. “In some means it went adjoin our actual attributes of absent Jaguars to be low, continued and sleek.
“But accepting accustomed the cachet quo of what bodies appetite these days, we said we’ll aftermath what we achievement to be a actual adventurous adaptation of this blazon of vehicle.”
From the front, it’s acutely Jaguar. The headlights are agnate to those who’ve apparent a new XE or XF on the road, and the broad grille has been agitated over from added models in the range. Bottomward the side, there’s an astern bulge in the bodywork, with a alpine windowline and glassy rear lights commutual the look.
“We had a few attempts at it,” said Callum. “In the end I said to the aggregation let’s attending at the F-Type, which we all apperceive and love, use a lot of the F-Type feel and put it into this car. The important affair for me was this was a Jaguar shaped like a crossover, it wasn’t a crossover that was pushed into the appearance of a Jag.”
Callum and his aggregation accept absolutely done that. In the metal, the F-Pace looks arty and sporty, yet altered abundant to stop you in your tracks. Our car came in arresting Caesium Blue – one of four barrage colours – and as able-bodied as seeing it changeless in the studio, we additionally watched it do a few laps of a private courtyard. It’ll be a appalling afterimage back it assuredly arrives on UK anchorage in the spring, with engineers guaranteeing those cars adapted with the almighty supercharged V6 will complete the part, too.
Unlike rivals that use shareable platforms, Jaguar uses a tweakable aluminium architectonics that ensures no two models are belted by wheelbase or ride height. As a result, Callum was able to position the auto absolutely area he capital them – consistent in abbreviate overhangs and absorbing autogenous legroom.
The axial of our pre-production ancestor was alluringly finished, with a 10.2-inch axial touchscreen (an eight-inch arrangement is standard) and 12.3-inch Audi TT-style basal apparatus cluster. Aloof like in the Audi, Jag’s alternative bureaucracy allows you to appearance the car’s sat-nav instructions in abode of the accepted dials – all in bright bright HD.
A host of hi-tech innovations admission on the F-Pace – but the aggregation is agog to accent that the car will not be complicated to use. Head of affiliated tech and apps Peter Virk said: “It is the best avant-garde Jaguar tech ever, but it is appropriately accordant to grandparents and children.”
Among the highlights is affinity with the Apple Watch – it’s accessible to calefaction the car back you deathwatch up with a tap of your wrist. A host of connectors are accessible too, including HDMI, four USBs and MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link). A wifi hotspot allows eight altered accessories to be connected, while it’s accessible for four altered videos to be streamed at any one time. One accurate affection that parents will like is the car’s adeptness to automatically accelerate a argument of estimated time of accession to anyone in the driver’s acquaintance book based on what the sat-nav predicts.
Jaguar hopes the arrangement of tech will advice the F-Pace adeptness out to new buyers, with adolescent drivers, changeable motorists and added tech-savvy owners in its sights.
From launch, buyers will be able to accept from Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and S models, as able-bodied as a limted-run Aboriginal Edition version. Engines ambit from the basal 178bhp 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, through to a 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 agent and range-topping 375bhp supercharged petrol.
Only the entry-level agent is accessible with fuel-sipping rear-wheel drive and a six-speed chiral gearbox – all others get the approved and activated eight-speed ZF automated and all-wheel-drive.
Fuel abridgement is good, too. The entry-level rear-drive chiral will acknowledgment 57.7mpg and afford aloof 129g/km of CO2. It’ll do 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds, and hit 130mph collapsed out. The all-wheel drive auto isn’t absolutely as able (53.3mpg and 139g/km) but it is ever-so-slightly faster (8.7 abnormal to 62mph).
The flagship agent looks abundant on paper, too – abiding 47.1mpg and sprinting from aught to 62mph in aloof 6.2 seconds. The V6 petrol is the fastest (0-62mph in 5.5 seconds) but additionally the thirstiest (31.7mpg and 209g/km). There’s no chat yet on a supercar-beating Jaguar F-Pace SVO version.
Don’t apprehend this new F-Pace to attempt with Jeep for off-road prowess. Jaguar is abrogation that antagonism to sister brand, Land Rover, reminding us that this is an SUV advised aboriginal and foremost for aloft on-road dynamics.
As a result, four-wheel drive versions get a able bureaucracy that can accomplish the alteration from 100 per cent rear bent to a 50:50 torque breach in aloof 165 milliseconds. What’s more, the arrangement operates beyond the car’s absolute acceleration range.
However, the car has been partially developed on the beach dunes of Dubai, so there will be a amount of off-road adeptness – but with aggregation advisers absolutely absolutely advertence that the Porsche Macan is the activating benchmark, and bullish that the F-Pace can outhandle it, it’s bright this is a crossover whose primary focus is blood-tingling dynamics.
Standard accessories on basal Prestige models includes acrimonious covering seats, 18-inch admixture wheels, LED daytime active lights and a ability bootlid. DAB radio, WiFi connectivity and sat-nav are additionally standard. Step up to the mid-spec R-Sport archetypal (priced from £36,670) and you’ll add 19-inch wheels, sports seats, xenon headlamps, a sports anatomy kit and appearance atramentous detailing.
Portfolio models (from £39,170) are altogether added abundantly able with lashings of covering and copse inside, a across-the-board bottle roof, an upgraded 380W Meridian complete arrangement and rear appearance camera. Range-topping S models are alone accessible with the two added able engines and avowal 20-inch wheels, red anchor calipers, a specific anatomy kit and Jag’s able adaptive damping system, which monitors caster movement 500 times a second. Prices bang off at £51,450.
It’s safe, too. Jaguar says the new F-Pace has been “engineered to amuse the best acrimonious assurance standards common and provides aberrant levels of addressee and banal protection”. The free emergency braking arrangement gets a banal apprehension arrangement as able-bodied as lane abandonment warning, cartage assurance acceptance and an able acceleration limiter.
F-Pace additionally introduces what Jag claims is a world-first – in the anatomy of Activity Key. A ‘waterproof, wearable technology’ the arrangement allows owners to lock their keys in the car application a elastic wristband. Jaguar calls it invaluable if, for example, you’re activity ‘surfing or kayaking’. Activity Key has no array and works on the aforementioned RF frequencies and the added keys, so alone needs to be captivated by the tailgate to operate.
Five ample seats are accepted – with Callum actually insisting Jag “won’t body a seven seater” while he’s in allegation of design. The car we saw had the Portfolio’s across-the-board roof, acceptation allowance in the rear was bottomward on rivals like the Audi Q7, but legroom was acceptable and acknowledgment to a 40:20:40 split-fold rear bench and 650-litre cossack the F-Pace neatly fills the abandoned larboard by the soon-to-be-discontinued XF Sportbrake.
Jaguar administration are currently assessing the achievability of a backup acreage – but annihilation has been confirmed. Fold the F-Pace’s seats collapsed and you’ll acknowledge an absorbing 1,740 litres of space, while a full-size additional caster can be defined and stored beneath the cossack floor.
Buyers absent one of the aboriginal UK F-Paces are able to adjustment their cars beeline away, with the advantage of putting bottomward a drop on one of the limited-run Aboriginal Edition models. Costing £65,275 it gets the 3.0 V6 agent from the new XF, and is specced to the eyeballs with kit such as 22-inch admixture wheels, adaptive LED headlights, appearance atramentous capacity and a sliding across-the-board roof.
By Jaguar’s own estimates, sales in the SUV area are accepted to aggrandize from about 850,000 in 2014 to about 1.2 actor in 2020/21, and Jaguar believes the F-Pace can be a abundant hit, with 90 per cent of barter acceptable to be new to the brand.
By Graham Hope
And so, at last, we accept assuredly apparent the assembly adaptation of Jaguar’s F-Pace. It’s a car that has acutely anxious some purists, with Jaguar venturing into area that already would accept been advised a crime. But accepting now apparent Ian Callum’s latest conception up close, beneath the lights at Frankfurt, I’m optimistic that alike the better doubters will be assertive of its worth.
The F-Pace is acutely a Jaguar first, and a crossover second, which was consistently the objective. The avant-garde is authentic Jag, but the contour makes it attending artlessly able-bodied and lithe, rather than artificially so, like some of the new crop of coupe-SUVs. That’s no beggarly accomplishment for a high-riding vehicle.
To my eyes at least, it absolutely endless up favourably adjoin those cars it will be accepted to attempt for sales against. And of course, it will advice conductor in a new blazon of Jag client – younger, or changeable perhaps. That is absolutely what is appropriate as the cast seeks to grow.
As all-around business activity administrator Steven de Ploey put it: “The F-Pace is the car that shows we accept assuredly ditched our slippers and aqueduct and will accomplish Jaguar a abreast hypothesis to booty on the best in the world.” In short, it is a car that will accomplish added bodies appetite to buy a Jaguar, and that is absolutely a absolute thing, behindhand of what the purists think.
A word, too, on the amazing launch, which saw achievement disciplinarian Terry Grant breach the apple bend the bend almanac on a 19.08 accent architecture at a Frankfurt chase course. There was actual ball in the air as Grant accelerated aloft 50mph on the approach, and again went annular the bend at speeds as low as 15mph.
Yes, it was glitzy, as we accept appear to apprehend from JLR. But the showbiz aspect was underpinned by a amazing allotment of activity that served as a absolute addition to the car. It was as able-bodied advised as the F-Pace itself.
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