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Jaguar's crucial new F-Pace SUV will go on sale this Spring, with prices starting from £34,000

Jaguar has finally taken the covers off the finished version of its all-new F-Pace SUV at the Frankfurt motor show.

The F-Pace will reach the UK next spring, priced from £34,170. It is the first SUV in Jaguar’s 70-year history and will be crucial, along with the XE saloon, in underpinning the future prosperity of the firm.

The F-Pace and XE should help to lift Jaguar’s annual volumes past 200,000 units. Last year it sold 81,000 cars. The F-Pace is expected to outsell the XE globally, which further highlights its significance to Jaguar

Read our reviews of the Jaguar F-Pace in 3.0-litre V62.0-litre diesel and 3.0-litre diesel spec.

The F-Pace sits between the XE and XF in length. It’s 4731mm long, 1936mm wide and 1652mm tall, with a 2874mm wheelbase and a ground clearance of 213mm. This makes the F-Pace marginally longer and wider than the X3. It also has a longer wheelbase than the X3 and practically matches the BMW on height.

From launch, Jaguar will offer one petrol and two diesel engines, rear and all-wheel drive and five trim levels. The F-Pace has a 50:50 weight distribution

The entry-level 178bhp, 318lb ft diesel is the 2.0-litre four-pot unit seen in the XE and XF. As standard, it is hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels. In this form, the F-Pace is claimed to be the most frugal car in its class, with 57.7mpg combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 129g/km. It covers 0-60mph in 8.5sec and has a 130mph top speed. This engine can also be paired with all-wheel drive, at which point an eight-speed automatic gearbox becomes optional.

V6 diesel and petrol models are also offered. Both come with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed auto. With 296bhp and 516lb ft, the diesel verison is capable of 0-60mph in 5.8sec and a 150mph top speed. Economy is 47.1mpg and CO2 output is 159g/km.

The petrol V6 is a 375bhp, 332lb ft supercharged 3.0-litre unit taken from the F-Type. This can crack 0-60mph in 5.1sec and reach a top speed of 155mph. This model is aimed squarely at the Porsche Macan Turbo, a model with a 395bhp V6 and a 4.8sec 0-62mph time.

Jaguar F-Pace to spawn SUV family

Jaguar sources have indicated that a version of the F-Pace with even greater performance is planned, a model that could be powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 and wear SVR badging.

The F-Pace shares its advanced double wishbone front and Integral Link rear aluminium suspension with the XE and XF, along with the saloons’ electric power steering. Jaguar suggests the F-Pace will be the best-driving model in its class, with benchmark ride and handling.

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A whole host of chassis technologies has been fitted to the F-Pace, including torque vectoring, an optional electric adaptive damping system and tunable driving modes that adjust functions such as throttle mapping, transmission shift points and steering feel.

Other trims include the sporty R-Sport (from £36,670), the plush Portfolio (from £39,170) and the range-topping S (from £51,450). Another interesting feature is the new ‘activity key’. This is a waterproof wristband that allows the user to go off and do watersports without having to carry the car's keys.

The key can be kept in the car, the wristband is then put on, and the user touches it against the J of the Jaguar badge at the back to lock (and later unlock) the car and deactivate the main key. The technology is similar to that of contactless card payments.  

From launch, Jaguar is also offering a fully loaded First Edition model powered by the V6 diesel engine. This is a luxuriously appointed model based on the S trim and features reclining rear leather seats and 22in alloy wheels within its specification.

The mid-size SUV segment in which the F-Pace competes is currently at around 850,000 sales, and is expected to grow to 1.2 million by 2020/21. Residual values for the F-Pace are predicte to be 45-53%, which will exceed those of the Audi Q5. It comes with two-year, 21,000-mile service intervals, and includes a three-year unlimited mile warranty, which includes servicing.

Speaking to Autocar at the car's launch, Jaguar design director Ian Callum said: "F-Pace was designed in parallel to C-X17 but to different timescales. I wanted to capture the spirit of C-X17. Every millimetre has changed for production, but not that you'd notice...

"Designing this was a difficult decision for Jaguar. The customers wanted one, so we decided it was strange but challenging as we're used to designing low, long, sleek cars. We're faced with height, and also a new package. It is a practical vehicle but with the spirit of Jaguar, I hope you see it as a Jaguar first and foremost.

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"The grille I hope is now recognised as a Jaguar. It might not have been on the XF ten years ago.

"There is F-type inspiration all over this car and I hope we have captured the spirit and sportiness of it."

The F-Pace will be built at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull factory, which has benefitted from an extra £120 million worth of investment and tooling in order to prepare for the car.

Andy Whyman Jaguar's vehicle programme director said the firm has benchmarked the car against rivals like the Porsche Macan from the early stages. "We’ve spent a lot of time in the Macan and recognise it as the benchmark," he said "We reference it with a lot in our data. Porsche set the benchmark for dynamics and handling. We have built on that, and have greater practicality, enhanced features and offer great value to customers.”

The result is a car which is said to be considerably quieter at cruising speed than the Macan, and has been able to tackle the Big Red Dune in Dubai. The F-Pace's front suspension is 50% stiffer than the Macan's, the compliance is 33% greater and the rear suspension's lateral stiffness 35% greater.

Speaking to Autocar at the Frankfurt motor show, vehicle line director Kevin Stride described the Macan as "a fantastic car."

"We mention the Macan as we think it's great," he said "As an engineer, you can be objective as well as emotional about these things. Dynamically, it raised the bar. We like it, ad it's where we'd like to be, so it's a good reference point. The Macan encouraged us. We knew what we could deliver for a Jaguar, but what the Macan did was make us focus even more on how we deliver."

On the F-Pace's size, Stride said: "The size is the best combination of agility and practicality. If we went larger first, it would not be the easiest thing to make as sporty or agile. we have the best-in-class space. That takes away any reason not to buy the car. [If it didn't have the space] you could love it emotionally but not buy rationally."

Callum said he never expected to design a Jaguar SUV when he took over at the firm more than a decade ago. “The world was different then,” he said. “But the world has moved on, and market such as US and China meant we had to look at doing one.

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“When the new architecture came out we could design it from the ground up, and gave us a start on what a Jaguar SUV could be like.

“Choosing this size of SUV to make was not hard. We’re not doing hundreds, this is right for most people for now. Doing something like the Audi Q3 would be too small, like the Range Rover Sport would be took big, so we came up with this size as the right one. It can seat a family of five, and felt the right balance.”

Callum confirmed that a seven-seat version was neither planned nor ever in a plan, but wouldn’t comment on whether or not a higher performance V6 or V8 version would be on the way in the future."

Q&A With Ian Callum, Jaguar design director

When did you start designing the F-Pace?

“Three or four years ago, when we invented the architecture to underpin all our future cars. From the start, that plan included a crossover.”

What was your initial reaction?

“Honestly, I was a little sceptical. My view then was that Jaguars had to be long, low and lean. But when we talked to customers, they had a different view. They saw crossovers as delivering strength, and I get that.”

Were there any debates about whether it should be built?

“Not once we’d talked to the customers and convinced ourselves it could be true to the brand.”

What were the major hurdles?

“At first, we were too focused by the dimensions of established crossovers. I wanted some drama. I wanted some of the shape of the F-Type. I wanted a Jaguar that was designed as a crossover, and not the other way round.”

How did the C-X17 concept car inform the project?

“We did the concept while we were doing the production car, but it had more freedom because we didn’t get too caught up in production car regulations. So while it was displayed with production viability, it wasn’t constrained. That was great, because the concept and production cars allowed for ideas to bounce between the two. The concept was a crucial catalyst.”

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You have a Jaguar family grille now…

“Yes, that’s deliberate. In the UK, we might recognise a Jaguar, but globally the brand needs to grow before it has instant recognition. A family grille is one way of ensuring people recognise our cars in a nanosecond.”

What are you most proud of on the F-Pace?

“It has got an edge of sculpture to it that I really enjoy. The profile view is great, but the rear three-quarter view is the one I love most. We also worked really hard on getting the swooping roofline right. Then there are the F-Type nods - the lower swage line, the vents. Clearly, they aren’t as exaggerated as on a sports car, but I make no apologies for referencing that. This is a car that needed to have drama.” 

Comment - Steve Cropley: The F-Pace is less a risk, more a gigantic opportunity

Maybe there was a time when the idea of the F-Pace represented some kind of risk for Jaguar, in days when specialist car manufacturers were expected to stick to the areas of the market their history said they should. But those days are gone.

Today, Jaguar’s mould-breaking “sports crossover” represents a gigantic opportunity - which is why Jaguar design director Ian Callum, formerly a crossover sceptic, is confident that when the F-Pace hits its production stride, it’ll be the best-selling Jaguar in the range. And that will make it the best-selling Jaguar in history.

For the customer, this car is no less than a golden opportunity. Many Jaguar owners who love the F-Type need something much more practical. Now they can now choose a spacious model that still brilliantly carries the F-Type’s design values and its dynamic influence. In no other era of Jaguar’s long history were such owners so fortunate.

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Cobnapint 17 September 2015

Config

I've specced a V6 diesel S up on the JLR configurator (which is now excellent and easy to use BTW) and it came to a fairly respectable 56k. What I don't understand though is why there is no option for 21 inch wheels, just 20's and 22's.
Saucerer 16 September 2015

I was fortunate to visit the

I was fortunate to visit the Frankfurt show yesterday, my first time ever, and the F-Pace looks stunning. Even better than what photos suggest and it's so much more sophisticated, attractive, sleeker and dynamic looking than its rivals from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche which all look dull and lumbering in comparison. The interior looks superb too. The F-Pace really was the star of the show, not the Porsche Mission E. And the new XF looks equally as good looking too. What was noteworthy is that of all the mass-manufactures, Jaguar has one of the youngest model ranges around with the oldest car, the XJ, being only 5 years old while the F-Type, XE, new XF and F-Pace have all been launched in the past 2 years. That not only shows progress, it shows confidence and successful sales to invest in such in an intensive model roll-out programme like this. Jaguar is on a roll on which its rivals can only envy.
Ski Kid 16 September 2015

A pity that - no v6 in lower range say Portfolio/ R Sport

looks very nice , way better than X3 ,Q5 and Macan but those manufacturers will be breathing a sigh of relief that the v6 option usually £3k to £4k is not offered , it is as though the v6 engines are being rationed ,perhaps the RRSport is using up the main allocation,noticed that it is the same with the new XF.So if you aspire to a v6 yoy need to spend over £53k with Pano rather than £44k which an R sport would be if they made it with a v6
unionjack 16 September 2015

Lack of V6s lower in the range

It appears that demand for V6 petrol engines in Europe for cars of this class (and the 3 / 5 series saloons) appears to have materially declined in the last 5-6 years. Perhaps as a reaction to environmental concerns, the overall cost of motoring and increasingly high taxation (from the annual Road Tax, Insurance and even the cost of street parking permits in London the costs of which are now linked to emissions, most people seem to prefer the 2L diesels over anything else. Like it or not, if manufacturers want to make money, they may as well provide customers what they really want.
unionjack 16 September 2015

Ski Kid wrote: looks very

Ski Kid wrote:

looks very nice , way better than X3 ,Q5 and Macan but those manufacturers will be breathing a sigh of relief that the v6 option usually £3k to £4k is not offered , it is as though the v6 engines are being rationed ,perhaps the RRSport is using up the main allocation,noticed that it is the same with the new XF.So if you aspire to a v6 yoy need to spend over £53k with Pano rather than £44k which an R sport would be if they made it with a v6

It appears that demand for V6 petrol engines in Europe for cars of this class (and the 3 / 5 series saloons) appears to have materially declined in the last 5-6 years. Perhaps as a reaction to environmental concerns, the overall cost of motoring and increasingly high taxation (from the annual Road Tax, Insurance and even the cost of street parking permits in London the costs of which are now linked to emissions, most people seem to prefer the 2L diesels over anything else. Like it or not, if manufacturers want to make money, they may as well provide customers what they really want.