Jaguar reveals new F-Pace SUV undisguised for first time

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Jaguar reveals new F-Pace SUV undisguised for first time

Jaguar has yet again teased its new F-Pace SUV in an official shot ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.Jaguar reveals new F-Pace SUV undisguised for first time© Jaguar


Jaguar C-X17 concept

Based on the C-X17 concept, the F-Pace production car, confirmed at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, will create 1,300 new jobs at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant.Jaguar C-X17 concept© Jaguar


Based on XE aluminium architecture

The F-Pace is likely to be based on the same aluminium architecture as Jaguar’s XE BMW 3-Series rival. The manufacturer says the jobs will “accelerate its industry-leading expertise in aluminium and lightweight technologies”, following investment of £1.5 billion in recent years.Based on XE aluminium architecture© Jaguar


Family sports car

Jaguar insists its F-Pace SUV is inspired by the F-Type sports car. Design director Ian Callum, said: “It offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, fused beautifully with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior. The F-Pace is our family sports car.”Family sports car© Jaguar


Technical details and rivals

Jaguar hasn’t released many technical details on the new F-Pace SUV, but we do know that it’ll be a five-seater, and similar in size to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.Technical details and rivals© Jaguar


Interior

Expected to be nearly 40cm longer than the Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar says its F-Pace will offer class-leading interior space, combined with exceptional on-road dynamics.Interior© Jaguar


Grace, Pace and Space

Jaguar’s careful not to refer to the F-Pace as an SUV, as JLR chief marketing officer Gerd Mauser showed:

“Today is a proud moment for Jaguar as we launch with our first performance crossover.”Grace, Pace and Space© Jaguar


Prices and on-sale date

Prices of the Jaguar F-Pace are to be confirmed, but expect it to start at around £35,000 when it goes on sale in the UK in 2016.Prices and on-sale date© Jaguar


Is Jaguar right to build the F-Pace?

Purists won’t like the F-Pace, but as premium manufacturers churn out more and more sporty SUVs (and we continue to buy them), it makes a lot of sense as Jaguar’s next move.Is Jaguar right to build the F-Pace© Jaguar


Sales

The company sold 462,678 cars in 2014 – signalling a fifth year of growth, but it’s still somewhat behind BMW’s 1.8 million. Will this SUV, alongside the XE, give Jaguar the boost it needs?Sales© Jaguar

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