The Jaguar manufacturer has unveiled its first sports crossover, receiving the F-Pace name, at the Frankfurt Auto Show. “The first swallow” of the crossover production version appeared to be the C-X17 prototype, presented in the fall of 2013.
The Exterior Design
The design team has developed a very recognizable and attractive exterior of a new car. The front is distinguished by the branded grille and also slightly “narrowed” headlights. As for the massive front bumper – it comes in a variety of shapes in different models. The rear is notable for a sufficiently large angle of glass inclination, as well as the rear lights, made in the style of the previously released Jaguar F-Type.
The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace model will be offered in six versions. It should be noted that the initial model called the First Edition will be available within the first 12 months after the start of sales.
The wheels discs will vary from 18 to 22 inches. Regardless of the size, all of them will have special wheel tires, due to which the crossover will become more controllable and the passengers will be provided with a high level of comfort, which is very typical for this manufacturer.
The new car will easily accommodate five adults, including the driver. The front instrument panel is made in the style of the XE and XF sedans of new generation. A special place is taken by a nice 10.2-inch touch screen (the initial version will have an 8.0-inch display) of the InControl Touch Pro.
The multimedia system is equipped with a hard 60 GB disk, providing with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support; the workflow is optimized by a powerful 4-core processor, which allows joining of the eight smart phones and gadgets via a wireless connection.
In addition, the Meridian Sound System (with 17 or 11 speakers, depending on the version of the model) as well as the navigation of the last generation is rather perceptible inside of the car. Of course, the car is equipped with a laser projection display, and the dashboard housing a 12.5-inch Touch Screen.
The car features numerous driver assistant and safety systems, among which the Lane Departure Warning and a new system that can read road signs and spot pedestrians are rather outstanding, in other words the car is fully incorporated with all modern technologies.
The engineers of the company have chosen a brand new aluminum modular platform called IQ [AL], which has been already used in previously mentioned cars, for the vehicle to be based on. The door of the Luggage compartment was constructed from a composite material, the cross member of the dashboard is made of magnesium, and indeed, 80 % of body details are manufactured from aluminum. Due to this, a new model came out to be rather lightweight, depending on the equipment it varies from 1660 to 1 865 kilograms.
The car will be available with the all-wheel drive system as well as the standard version will have the rear one. The all-wheel drive crossover version features an Adaptive Response Surface function. It is possible to characterize it as a modified off-road Terrain Response System, which was borrowed from the Land Rover SUVs.
The manufacturer claims that the new crossover will be able to overcome barriers to water depths up to 535 mm with the entry/exit ramp of 26/ 25.5 degrees.
The basic powertrain is a turbocharged diesel engine with a capacity of two liters, which is capable of producing 180 HP. The rear-wheel drive models are coupled with the manual transmission; as well as the four-wheel drive versions are paired with the eight-speed automatic gearbox. The SUV with manual gearbox can accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds.
The most upgraded modification is mounted with a three-liter V6 petrol engine with a mechanical supercharger, the all-wheel drive system and an automatic transmission. It reaches the peak capacity of 340 HP, while the First Edition model produces 380 HP. The acceleration of the “supercharged” version from 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.6 and 5.3 seconds respectively.
The Overall Features of the Car
The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace has the following dimensions:
- The width of the model is 1935 mm;
- The height of the crossover is not exceeding 1650 mm;
- The length of novelty is equal to 4730 mm;
- The clearance is 214 mm.
The capacity of the Luggage compartment, taking into account the fact that the spare wheel is missing, equals to 650 liters. If folding the backrest of the rear sofa, the usable space increases to impressive 1749 liters. In case the spare wheel is placed in the cargo compartment, the space will be reduced to 505 and 1595 liters respectively.
Of course, the engineers have equipped the door of the Luggage compartment with the system of contactless opening and closing. The backrests of the rear seats have the adjustable angle of inclination, and they are folded in proportion of 40:20:40.
The car will go on sale in the first half of 2016, the price for the Jaguar F-Pace should be revealed before the release. The model will be presented in spring of 2016 to the Ukrainian public, and in summer – to the domestic market. Initially the rear-wheel drive versions with manual transmission and the 2-liter 4-speed petrol engine will be offered for the customers. Models with the all-wheel drive system will be available later.