Jaguar’s much awaited SUV, F-Pace, has been finally unveiled at the backdrop of one of the most famous auto shows, the Frankfurt Motor Show. The much awaited performance SUV has been constructed on their new lightweight aluminium architecture. Celebrating the brand’s 80th anniversary the F-Pace aims to offer the same level of agility, responsiveness and refinement which is found in all Jaguars.
Carrying over the design philosophy of the C-X17 concept vehicle, which was even showcased at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show, the F-Pace sports a bold front grille and a muscular bonnet trying to lend the car an artful yet butch image. The LED have been kept slim which, mated with huge 22 inch alloy wheels, create a strange but a pleasing image.
Engine options for the F-Pace include:
- A rear-wheel drive turbocharged 2.0 litre petrol mill producing 240 PS of maximum power at 5,500 rpm and 340 Nm of peak torque in the range of 1,750 to 4,000 rpm. The 8 speed automatic gearbox by ZF pushes the car to a top speed of 225 kmph and sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.5 second
- An all-wheel drive V6 3.0 litre supercharged petrol capable of churning out 340 PS of maximum power at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque output of 450 Nm at 4,500 rpm. The same 8 speed auto unit helps the SUV hit 0 to 100 kmph in 5.8 second and have a top whack of 250 kmph. A more powerful 380 PS variant of this engine is also available which can help this car sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in 5.5 second
- An in-line 4 cylinder 2.0 litre diesel engine in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available which produces 180 PS of power and 430 Nm of torque. The RWD gets just a 6 speed manual unit whit the AWD also gets an option of the 8 speed auto which sees a 0 to 100 kmph sprint in 8.9 and 8.7 second respectively.
- A 3.0 litre V6 diesel in all-wheel drive is also available which is capable of churning out 300 PS of power and a massive 700 Nm torque at 2,000 rpm. With a top speed of 241 kmph, the 8 speed auto unit from ZF hits 0 to 100 kmph in 6.20 second
The body structure consists of 80 per cent aluminium which makes it the only aluminium-intensive monocoque in the segment. Weight saving is further accentuated by the composite tailgate and use of magnesium for parts such as the cross-car beam. Having a generous wheelbase of 2,874 mm, the company claims that the F-Pace can seat five adults comfortably. The boot space too is a healthy 650 litre.
The all-wheel drive system incorporates an in house control system which was first seen on the F-Type AWD. This includes an Intelligent Driveline Dynamics Drive (IDD) which helps in preserving rear wheel drive agility but transferring torque effortlessly to the front wheels for extra traction. It also borrows Land Rover’s terrain response technology called Adaptive Surface Response (ASR). With Jaguar Drive Control ASR identifies the surface and helps in mapping the engine and DSC as per requirement.
The InControl Touch Pro system is based around a 10.2 inch touchscreen mated with a quad processor and a solid state drive. The navigation system in turn displays 3D information on the 12.3 inch HD instrument cluster.
Considering Jaguar’s aggressive strategy in India, one can expect the F-Pace to launch here in the future however, no official words have been made so far.