These are the latest spy shots of Jaguar’s upcoming crossover 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.
Looking at shots showing the interior, we see a dash layout that resembles the one in the 2017 XE sedan
. This particular prototype is still at an early stage of development so expect the interior to change somewhat for production. 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.
Standard powertrains in the F-Pace will include Jaguar’s Ingenium range of turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinders, and likely the automaker’s supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. An eight-speed automatic is expected to be the standard option.
Production of the F-Pace will be handled at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant in the U.K. Sales should start in 2016, with the vehicle arriving as a 2017 model.
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