Advanced chassis tech for Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar has revealed details about the chassis technology underpinning the new F-Pace SUV, much of it derived from the F-Type sports car.

The F-Pace is based on Jaguar Land Rover’s aluminium-intensive chassis architecture, suspended by double wishbones at the front and an integral link set-up at the rear, which, says Jaguar, makes the car incredibly responsive and smooth-riding.

A torque vectoring system first seen on the F-Type and ‘torque-on-demand’ all-wheel-drive shuffle power between whichever wheels have the most traction, delivering “outstanding agility in all weathers and on all surfaces.”

The F-Pace also uses electric power steering, finely tuned to deliver immediate response and “exceptional feedback.”

There’s no word yet on what sort of off-road ability the F-Pace will have. It’s unlikely to be as capable as its cousins from Land Rover, but as Jaguar has pointed out before, the F-Pace is a very different proposition.

“We haven’t made any compromises or exceptions,” said Jaguar’s chief engineer, Mike Cross. “The new F-Pace must be a true Jaguar and deliver the Jaguar dynamics DNA.”

He added: “We’ve tested ride and handling to extremities in all environments and in all conditions, and the result is that the new F-Pace is as engaging and rewarding to drive as it is going to be enjoyable to own.”

The Jaguar F-Pace debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. At launch it will be available with a choice of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from JLR’s Ingenium family, as well as a 3.0-litre supercharged V6. A supercharged, 5.0-litre V8 ‘F-Pace R’ is expected to follow not long after launch. Prices are slated to start around £35,000, rising to £50,000.

Jaguar has a lot riding on the F-Pace. It comes as part of a £3.5 billion new model development programme, and is central to the marque’s plans to double annual sales. Though the new, BMW 3-Series rivalling XE is proving very popular, and the bigger XF is expected to follow suit, saloons are rapidly falling out of favour while SUV sales explode. As such, the F-Pace is likely to be just the first of several Jaguar SUVs.

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