Jaguar has released a new set of images of the upcoming F-Pace ‘sports crossover’ undergoing extreme temperature testing, giving the best view we’ve yet had of the car.
The Jaguar F-Pace is due to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Earlier this month, an F-Pace prototype served as a support car to Team Sky on the Tour de France, carrying team personnel and spare bikes on the first and last stages. Incidentally, Team Sky’s Chris Froome won the event.
Despite the camouflage, these new images show more detail than we have seen before. We certainly haven’t seen such a clear profile view before, which clearly shows the influence of the F-Type sports car. The rising waistline, the muscular wheelarches, the way the flank resolves into the rear are all redolent of the two-seater.
The long bonnet lends a suitably sporting stance and I’m seeing the swivel-eyed Bowler Nemesis in roofline. But that’s probably just me.
The front end has been given the same treatment as Jaguar’s saloons, with a large grille and slightly squinty headlights. At the back, the lights are near-enough identical to those on the F-Type.
Underpinning the F-Pace is Jaguar Land Rover’s all-aluminium architecture, shared with the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Jaguar XE launched earlier this year.
Power comes from JLR’s new Igenium four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, plus a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 at the top the range. Rumours persist that there might be an ‘SVR’ version powered by Jag’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8.
Unlike its cousins from Land Rover, the F-Pace will be biased towards on-road handling, Jaguar claiming it “delivers the connected steering feel and agility fundamental to Jaguar dynamics DNA.”
That’s not to say it’ll get stuck in a muddy puddle. Though the F-Pace lacks the heavy-duty off-road hardware Land Rovers use, it does have Jag’s All-Surface Progress Control, essentially a very clever traction control algorithm that keeps the thing moving no matter what.
F-Pace programme director, Andrew Whyman, said: “We developed the F-Pace to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar, together with exceptional levels of ability and composure on all surfaces and in all weathers.”
The F-Pace is due to go on sale early in 2016. It will be built at Jaguar’s plant in Solihull.
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By Only Motors