These are the latest spy shots of Jaguar’s upcoming SUV based on the C-X17 concept first shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. Previously thought to be an "XQ" or "Q-Type", Jaguar has since confirmed that it’s first-ever high-riding model will be called an "F-Pace". While the name might be a bit of an odd choice—Jaguar says it picked F-Pace to link the new SUV with the F-Type sports car—we’re glad to report that the production version appears almost identical to the handsome concept.
The latest photos reveal the V-6-powered version of the F-Pace, likely to bear the name "F-Pace S". Some of the modifications from previous prototypes to note include: larger, high-performance brakes; twin exhaust outlets; and larger wheels.
Looking at shots showing the interior, we see a dash layout that resembles the one in the 2017 XE sedan. Prototypes are still at an early stage of development, so expect some elements to change by the time production rolls around. For example, we should see a central display screen for Jaguar’s new InControl infotainment system.
2017 Jaguar F-Pace spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf / SB-mediaEnlarge Photo
The F-Pace will take on the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC (next-gen GLK-Class) in the premium small crossover segment but will be set apart by brilliant dynamics and fuel efficiency made possible by an advanced lightweight aluminum architecture. That new platform is the iQ[Al] that debuted in the XE.
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.
Jaguar C-X17 concept Mk2, 2013 Guangzhou Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Standard powertrains in the F-Pace will include Jaguar’s Ingenium range of turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinders, and, as supported by the photos of the new higher-performance model, the automaker’s supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. An eight-speed automatic is expected to be the only transmission offered.
Production of the F-Pace will be handled at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant in the U.K., following a world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show this September. Sales should start in 2016, with the vehicle arriving as a 2017 model.