Jaguar breaks new ground with F-Pace crossover

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Jaguar F-Pace

JAGUAR’S F-Pace crossover may be breaking new ground with final shakedown in preparation for its IAA Frankfurt motor show debut this September.

The long awaited 2016 crossover may also be chasing down its predominant opposition, the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. Codenamed with the X concept, the aluminium-intensive F-Pace sits between the existing BMW X3 and X5 size-wise, and is heavily based on the 3 Series-sized Jaguar XE sedan which may land locally shortly.

To be built in Solihull, England, it uses a variation of its modular platform that also underpins the recently unveiled second-gen XF series.

Jaguar’s C-X17 Concept explores the idea of what a Jaguar crossover vehicle could be, blending the seductive design and intelligent performance that are hallmarks of Jaguar, while delivering the benefits of a crossover’s assured driving position and high levels of flexibility.

It showcases the all-new intelligent aluminum architecture from Jaguar. Future Jaguar cars will be based off of this aluminum architecture engineered to deliver class leading weight savings and performance.

Jaguar Design Director, Ian Callum, said, ‘We designed the C-X17 from the ground up from a distinct set of principles, a deep sense of what makes a Jaguar car: exciting proportions, clean lines, balance of form.

Assertive and powerful, yet with a beautiful sensuality about it, the C-X17 is boldly, distinctively Jaguar. All will be mounted longitudinally, channelling their torque through to either the rear wheels, or Jaguar’s All-Surface Progress Control all-wheel drive system, via a ZF-designed eight-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual gearbox is also expected to be available in some markets.

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Jaguar F-Pace interior

Brandishing an all-new interior design in four and five-seat configurations depending on specification, the dashboard is believed to follow in the new XE and XF sedans’ footsteps in adopting the company’s latest incontrol touchscreen multimedia set-up.

The F-Pace is not the only Jaguar crossover in the pipeline, with reports suggesting that a smaller E-Pace and flagship J-Pace are also under development for launch before the end of this decade.

However, while these are understood to leverage technology from sister company Land Rover, the latter’s SUVs will be off-road capable, where Jaguar’s range will prioritise on-road dynamics in order to compete with Porsche and BMW head-on

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