Has Jaguar been wasting its time for the past 17 years, with the endless honing of its saloon cars into best-in-class driving machines?

If you look at the most recent retail sales figures for the company, you could well argue exactly that. According to Tata’s own figures, in the 10 months between April last year and January this year, the company sold 132,825 cars.

That’s up a massive 83% on the same period year on year. The XE put on a healthy 27% sales increase and the XF a useful 10% increase, but the main reason Jaguar is doing well is due to the F-Pace.

Over the 10 months it was Jaguar’s biggest-selling model by a significant amount, with 51,853 examples finding a home. And if the F-Pace’s sales this January are anything to go by, the new model could settle down to an annual production of around 70,000 units.