Jaguar Enter The Crossover Market

Jaguar announces F-PACE – the production version of the breakthrough C-X17 concept car. The company say that it will be a highly-efficient five-seat performance crossover underpinned by Jaguar’s innovative aluminium-intensive architecture and advanced suspension system.The new car, they say, will deliver all-weather, all-surface confidence and safety to be delivered by instinctive all-wheel drive and Jaguar’s revolutionary All-Surface Progress Control technology. Couple this with an unrivalled blend of performance, style and practicality and it would appear that Jaguar have cracked it once again. The F-PACE will be manufactured in Solihull, UK where the Jaguar Land Rover group will create some 1300 new jobs which is great news for the area.

Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, commented: “We received such an overwhelmingly positive response to the C-X17 concept car last year that we just had to make it a reality. The F-PACE, inspired by the F-TYPE, represents a perfectly judged balance of performance, style and practicality. It offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, fused beautifully with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior. The F-PACE is our family sports car.” The Jaguar F-PACE couples class-leading interior space and exceptional on-road dynamics with five-seat usability to produce a true performance crossover. It will encapsulate everything that the brand stands for: beautiful design, precise handling, a supple ride, luxurious interior finishes and cutting-edge technology.

Speaking in Detroit, Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Global Sales Director, said: “In 2015 we will celebrate Jaguar’s 80th year. We have started it by announcing our first performance crossover which we consider to be the ultimate practical sports car – a car that builds on the marque’s founding ideals of Grace, Pace and Space to become one of the most innovative Jaguars we’ve ever developed. The F-PACE has now begun its engineering and development testing programme ahead of the new model going on sale in 2016.”

As ever, the first image is a tease so we’ll have to wait and see how much like the C-X17 it is. Finally, it would seem we have a British built rival to the Porsche Macan.

Geoff Maxted