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, which now include the higher-performance V-6 model. 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 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, 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 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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