Jaguar has finally stepped into the lucrative premium SUV segment with the introduction of the all-new F-Pace. Earlier shown with quite a bit of camouflage, the F-Pace has now arrived in all its glory at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show. The SUV is now available for order in certain bits of Europe and is expected to arrive in the Indian market sometime next year.
The design of the F-Pace remains true to the aesthetics of the C-X17 concept. Developed using light-weight aluminium architecture, the F-Pace combines surface and proportion with the F-Type-inspired features such as the strong rear haunches, fender vents and distinctive tail light graphics.
The bold front grille and the muscular bonnet hint at the potential of engines like the 380bhp, 3-litre supercharged V6. Design cues such as full-LED headlights, forged 22-inch alloy wheels and short front overhang have been carried over from the C-X17 concept through to this production-spec model.
Jaguar has confirmed that the wheelbase and track dimensions of the F-Pace are not shared with any other Jaguar models. At 4,731mm long and with a 2,874mm wheelbase, the F-Pace is expected to be fairly practical with its boot space of up to 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 380bhp 3-litre petrol automatic with all-wheel drive.
All of the gearbox options in the F-Pace have been developed by ZF. Two specifically-optimised versions of the firm’s popular 8-speed automatic units from 8HP family are 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.
Inside, the F-Pace is generously equipped with features such a panoramic roof, electrically foldable external mirrors, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, Meridian premium sound system, rear view camera, Jaguar’s 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and lots more.
Jaguar has revealed that the F-Pace is being manufactured at the brand’s Solihull plant alongside the XE sports saloon. Besides this, the brand also sells the XF, the XJ and the F-Type. Jaguar India, meanwhile, is preparing to launch the XE before contemplating the F-Pace for the Indian market