After all the teasers and concepts, Jaguar have finally unveiled the production-ready F-Pace, their first crossover. It was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week and we like what we’re seeing!
The F-Pace will come in five models: the Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio, S and First Edition. The standard Prestige edition is powered by a 178bhp 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, while the special model First Edition is powered by a gnarly 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel and range-topping 375bhp supercharged petrol engine. The First Edition will be available in limited numbers – just 2,000 worldwide and only 200 will be available in the UK.
First things first, it looks great. And from the front it’s also most definitely a Jag with headlights that are familiar to the new XE or XF. To be honest, if you try and imagine a mid-size SUV that’s eaten whole by an F-Type, you won’t be too far off the mark. It’s made of 80% aluminium and as such it weighs in at just 298kg, which is impressive given the size.
While the F-Pace is an SUV, don’t expect it to compete with Jeep for off-road ability – they’re leaving that to Land Rover. But this does mean that the four-wheel drive versions get a nifty feature that means it can transition from 100% rear bias to a 50:50 torque split in just 165 milliseconds.
Inside is where the F-Pace gets fancy with a 10.2-inch central touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch tablet which supports a quadcore Intel processor and mobile ethernet with a 1GB/second bandwidth.
As this is an SUV, and therefore obviously for the whole family, the F-Pace also can thankfully support four separate tablets/smartphones at any one time and should keep the little ones quiet out back. There’s also obviously numerous USB ports, apps, and some welcomed old-school cup-holders.
Jaguar will also offer what they’re calling an ‘Activity Key’. It’s a piece of wearable tech which means you can leave the actual key in the car while you go perform some acrobats or go surfing. You can unlock the car by simply presenting the wristband to the ‘J’ on the Jaguar logo on the tailgate. Pretty cool, hey?
The F Pace will be going up against the Porsche Macan as well as the likes of the Audi Q5, which won’t be easy. The Macan, at least, has a strangle-hold on the crossover market but at the same time, this is still a Jag. And Joes love a Jag. Prices for the F-Pace start at £34,170 and rise to £65,275 for the First Edition. You can order it now at the Jaguar Website.