Here’s the good news: the new Jaguar F-Pace’s spectacular loop-the-loop birth on the eve of the Frankfurt motor show is not the only thing about the car that is likely to make you go 'wow'.
A clamber around F-Pace at the Frankfurt motor show today confirmed beyond all doubt that this is a car that stands out for all the right reasons. What’s more, while I’ll admit I’m a soft touch when it comes to barrier-breaking new products, it strikes me as every bit a Jaguar in its stance, proportions and all-round execution.
Designer Ian Callum says his favourite angle of the F-Pace is the rear three-quarters, and it’s easy to understand why. The haunches have an appealing air of Jaguar F-Type about them, and the car’s size gives it a real presence. From that line, the F-Pace shouts that it is the sports crossover that its maker says it is.
Inside, anyone familiar with the latest Jaguar layout will feel right at home. The large infotainment screen is closer to the class best than ever, while the rotary controller and digital dash are present and correct. The seat is firm and supportive and the pedal alignment just so. You might think the 'command' driving position would take some getting used to in a Jag, but the view down the bonnet seems just-so for the brand.