As long ago as 16 years the question of an SUV in the Jaguar stables was being contemplated. It was never a priority to the car maker back then but as time rolled on and other manufacturers noted the ever growing lucrative sector in the market for SUV’s and crossover models, Jaguar had to move or risk being left behind. The F Pace was born.
With luxury auto makers such as Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin developing their take on the sports utility vehicle, Jaguar have had their work cut out to compete.
It’s a true Jaguar, with hints from the F-Type, 1968 XJ, and other famous big cat models. Who would have thought Jaguar after 70 years in the executive motor manufacturing world, would produce an SUV for the dirt lovers.
Based on the same modular aluminium platform as the XE and new XF saloon, the F-Pace is targeted at everything from the BMW X3 to the Porsche Macan in the premium mid-size SUV segment. Although it shares a common architecture with the XE and XF, Jaguar says 81% of the car’s parts are new. Around 80% of the F-Pace’s body is aluminium, and the car’s body in white weighs just 298kg – about the same as a Fiat 500L.
The car from launch will have the choices of one V6 petrol or two diesel engines, with a six speed manual or eight speed auto transmission option.
The F pace will hit the European showrooms next spring and prices are expected to start around £34,200