Jaguar is entering new ground with its first-ever SUV, the recently confirmed F-Pace, which is featured as a prototype in our latest spy video. The new F-Pace is currently undergoing final testing ahead of a world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. You may recall that it was at the German show two years ago that we first saw the handsome C-X17 concept, which we’re glad to report closely resembles the production F-Pace it previewed.
Faithfully transferred to the production model are the concept’s muscular haunches and taut surfaces, as well as its slit-like lights. For the interior, a previous spy shot revealed a dash layout that resembles the one in the 2017 XE sedan. Key elements will be a rotary dial and a central display screen for Jaguar’s new InControl infotainment system.
The F-Pace will take on the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC (GLK-Class replacement) in the premium small crossover segment but will be set apart by brilliant dynamics and fuel efficiency made possible by lightweight aluminum construction. Underpinning the vehicle is Jaguar Land Rover’s iQ[Al] platform that debuted in the XE and also underpins the recently revealed 2016 XF.
Derived from the Premium Lightweight Architecture used by Land Rover, the iQ[Al] is a scalable vehicle platform designed not only to be light but also extremely stiff. It’s also been designed to incorporate innovative efficiency technologies such as diesel, plug-in hybrid and even battery-powered electric powertrains, and it also features some pretty sophisticated chassis technology like Instinctive All-Wheel Drive and All Surface Progress Control.
Standard powertrains in the F-Pace will include Jaguar’s Ingenium range of turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinders, and the automaker’s supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. At launch in the U.S. we’re likely to see the F-Pace’s engine lineup mirror that of the XE, which means a base 2.0-liter diesel and more potent supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. An eight-speed automatic is expected to be the only transmission.
Look for the new F-Pace in showrooms in the second half of 2016, as a 2017 model.