The Jaguar F-Pace: Jaguars First ever SUV Can the F-Pace do for Jaguar what the Cayenne did for Porsche?

The Jaguar F-Pace is undeniably a Jaguar, the profile and overall appearance are almost perfect. Even as a latecomer to the SUV market, the F-Pace already feels like it’s well established.

Jaguar claims that more than 80 percent of the F-Pace’s parts are all-new, it borrows the majority of its mechanical and structural components from the all-new XE and XF sedans that we have come to love over the last couple years.  This means you are getting a very similar and familiar drive and feel to the jags that continue to make the company what it is today.

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The Jaguar F-Pace starting price of $74,340 for the entry-level 20d with its 2.0-litre turbo diesel four cylinder is reasonable.  This price lands it between the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC and their larger siblings, the Q7, X5 and GLE respectively.  Jaguar’s design boss Ian Callum, states Jaguar has ignored its direct competitors and designed an SUV that it believes befits the brand and customer demands.

Sitting above the 132kW/430Nm 20d, the F-Pace is offered with a 3.0-litre twin turbo diesel V6 that generates 221kW and 700Nm and a 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6 in two states of tune, 250kW/450Nm and a 280kW/450Nm version available exclusively in the range-topping S and First Edition models. All variants come equipped with Jaguar’s rear-biased all-wheel drive transmission. Supposedly lifted directly from the F-Type sports car, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. They are also fitted with automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, a reverse camera and six airbags.

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If this isn’t enough, the R-Sport, S or the limited-run First Edition trim levels brings items such as higher grade leathers, larger alloy wheels, LED headlights and different exterior enhancements and interior treatments while an extensive and expensive list of options allows customers to further personalise the Jaguar F-Pac

With a great first showing, it is exciting to see what the F-Pace holds for the future. Can the F-Pace do for Jaguar what the Cayenne did for Porsche?

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2016 Jaguar F-Pace 

On-sale: Now

Price: from $74,340 (plus on-road costs)

Engine: 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo diesel

Power: 132kW at 4000rpm

Torque: 430Nm at 1750rpm-2500rpm

Transmission: 8-spd automatic, AWD

Fuel use: 5.3L/100km

 

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