The Jaguar stall at the Tokyo Motor Show showcased the F-Pace in a spectacular white shade. The car is of special interest to us since we will be expecting it in the Indian market by the first half of next year. It’s an even more special occasion for Jaguar as this will be its first crossover and will mark its entry into the premium SUV segment.
The car’s form is inspired from Jaguar’s breakthrough C-X17 concept and has been developed using the company’s lightweight aluminium architecture. The design combines purity of line, surface and proportion with F-Type-inspired features such as the powerful rear haunches, fender vents and distinctive tail light graphics.
The performance aspect of this SUV is highlighted by the bold front grille and the muscular bonnet and the 380bhp 3-litre, supercharged V6 mill. Elements such as slender full-LED headlights, forged 22-inch wheels and short front overhang carry the design vision of the C-X17 concept through to production.
The all-new F-PACE seats five adult occupants in absolute comfort with generous head and knee room and comes with an impressive boot space of 650-litres. Globally, the F-Pace range will consist of Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and S versions. Meanwhile, the powertrain range will consist of 180bhp; 2-litre diesel manual with rear or all-wheel drive and automatic with all-wheel drive; 300bhp; 3-litre diesel automatic and the 380bhp 3-litre petrol automatic with all-wheel drive. Two specifically-optimised versions of the firm’s popular 8-speed automatic units from 8HP family will be available. All 6-cylinder engines are paired with the 8HP70 transmission while the four-cylinder units are matched to the lighter, more compact 8HP45 unit.
Not to be outdone on the tech and gizmo front, the infotainment and connectivity technology used is industry leading. The premium InControl Touch Pro system is based around a 10.2-inch touchscreen, the result is a user interface which is instinctive and extremely quick with sharp and incredibly responsive graphics. Up to eight devices can be connected to the vehicle's super-fast wi-fi hotspot at one time.
The Jaguar F-Pace will be built at their plant in Solihull alongside the new XE sedan and will be launched for the Indian market at the end of 2016. We expect that they will locally assemble the SUV for the sub-continent.