Frankfurt 2015: Jaguar F-Pace breaks cover

Frankfurt 2015: Jaguar F-Pace breaks cover image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Jaguar | posted September 15, 2015 14:08

Jaguar F-Pace debuts as the automaker's first official crossover

Jaguar's 'ultimate practical sportscar' has finally debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Essentially the production version of the company's C-X17 concept, the automaker described the F-Pace to deliver agile and responsive performance along with the 'unrivaled dynamics and everyday usability' of a crossover.

“By remaining absolutely true to our design principles the all-new F-PACE is immediately recognizable as a Jaguar. It offers all of the interior space you would expect - and more - but because of our disciplined approach to surfaces, proportions, and purity of line, we have designed what I consider to be the most balanced, most attractive vehicle in its class. The Jaguar F-PACE is the ultimate practical sports car,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.

Rear quarter view of the Jaguar F-Pace

Underpinning Jaguar's first crossover is the same Lightweight Aluminum Architecture that the company uses for the XE and XF sedans. Dimension-wise, it measures 4,731mm long and it has a 2,874mm wheelbase. Width and height measurements however have not yet been detailed.

The exterior design of the F-Pace conforms to Jaguar's current design language and borrows some styling cues from the brand's current models. Up front it resembles the recently-launched XE with its large grill, sharp-looking headlights and aggressive bumper. Towards the side, it has a sloping roofline, a chiseled lower body and distinct 22-inch alloy wheels.

The rear on the other hand carries F-Type aesthetics with its sleek taillights, diffuser-integrated rear bumper, dual exhausts and a roof-mounted spoiler.

The interior of the Jaguar F-Pace

Aboard the F-Pace, the 5-seater crossover is fitted with Jaguar's latest infotainment and wireless connectivity. It has a 10.2-inch touch screen that is powered by a quad-core processor and benefits from a solid-state drive. With it, Jaguar claimed it is one of the fastest and most responsive interfaces to date.

In addition, up to 8 devices can be connected to the system's wi-fi hotspot while the navigation system can learn one's daily commute, ensuring the fastest and efficient ways to get to your destination. Luggage space will not be a problem as Jaguar stated that it has a 650-liter capacity rear compartment.

One of the available engines of the Jaguar F-Pace

Available engines for the new F-Pace include 2 diesel motors and 2 gasoline powerplants. First up are the diesel-driven derivatives which consist of a 2.0-liter engine and the larger 3.0-liter unit. The former puts out 180 PS and available in either RWD (manual) or AWD (optional automatic). The bigger engine on the other hand cranks out 300 PS and is connected to an AWD system and automatic gearbox.

Over to gasoline, there is the 2.0-liter 240 PS motor that is connected to an automatic gearbox and RWD system, and the bigger 3.0-liter engine that is available in two power outputs; 340 PS and 380 PS. Both versions are connected to an AWD system and automatic gearbox, with the latter having a claimed 0 – 100 km/h time of 5.1 seconds and a limited top speed of 250 km/h.

Other features of the Jaguar F-Pace

Other technological accolades present in the new F-Pace include: Adaptive Surface Response (ASR) which optimizes the powertrain to certain road/terrain surfaces, Intelligent Driveline Dynamics that preserves the fun factor of a RWD vehicle but allows torque transfer to the front wheels if necessary and Configurable Dynamics that can individually set each key powertrain/chassis features of the F-Pace.

When launched, the F-Pace will be available in the following versions: Pure, Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport, S and First Edition.