Excitement is palpable in the auto press as Jaguar prepares to roll out its first ever crossover: the highly anticipated F-Pace. Although its arrival is late to the SUV/CUV game, the F-Pace is expected to easily become Jaguar’s bestseller. Take a look here for complete specifications and release date
of the Jaguar F-Pace
A Sporty Look
The body of the F-Pace is sleek and unassuming, with Jaguar opting for a clean, sporty look closer to its sedans’ design, rather than something that pushes the envelope. The headlights have the Jaguar signature ‘J’ Blade design and the grille design was carried over from their sedan lineup. The aluminum chassis construction creates a rigid but lightweight structure, making for a sporty ride.
A Refined Interior
The F-Pace’s interior follows Jaguar’s sedan aesthetics when it comes to the emphasis on refinement and luxury. There are a range of trims, including mesh aluminum finishes and ash veneers. The instrument panel has dual-analogue dials with a TFT display and thoughtfully laid out buttons giving the console a clean, user-friendly design. Owners can get a stunning 12.3-inch high definition screen that can display maps and has four different themes. The vehicle includes features you’d typically expect at the luxury end like blind-spot and cross-traffic detection, active cruise control, and automatic parallel and perpendicular parking.
The F-Pace is designed with luxurious comfort, with roomy seating for five. The leather seats can be heated and cooled and adjusted in no less than 14 different ways. Even without folding the seats you’ve got 23.3 cubic feet of space for your cargo. Folding down the back seats gives you 61.4 cubic feet.
Choice of Three Drivetrains Variations
Buyers will ultimately have the option of either a supercharged 3.0L V6 or an economical 2L 4-cylinder diesel engine. The V6 has a standard 340 HP, whereas the F-Pace S model will get you an additional 40 HP. The two V6 options charge from zero to sixty mph in 5.4 and 5.1 seconds respectively, and top out at 155 mph.
The first wave of vehicles arriving in the U.S. will only feature the supercharged V6. The diesel engine will have 180 HP and 317 lb-ft of torque, and will become available later in 2016. When it comes to performance, the diesel clocks in at 8.1 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint, and it tops out at 129 mph.
All engine options are paired with a smooth eight-speed ZF transmission and Jaguar’s torque-on-demand, all-wheel-drive system. This system sends torque to the rear wheels when driving under normal conditions, and when the vehicle needs more traction the Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics supplies torque to the front wheels as well.
The F-Pace will come on the market at the tail end of 2016 with a starting price of $40,990. That is slightly less than the BMW X3 xDrive28d, a direct competitor in the luxury crossover market and the only comparable diesel option in the BMW lineup. Jaguar thinks it has a winner on its hands, and people are buzzing about their first foray into the ever-expanding SUV market. Their newest model will face stiff competition with the likes of the Porsche Macan, the BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. But if the F-Pace lives up to the hype, it looks like it’s going to give its competitors more than a run for their money.