"It's obvious that it is a real Jaguar!"
"The world really did need another crossover and Jaguar will never disappoint."
Any luxury automotive brand paying attention has been watching the feat of the Porsche Cayenne, coupled with market trends favoring crossovers and SUVs in the world and, more specifically, the Middle East. The Middle East may be the home of those hyper and exotic supercars, but in terms of wanting/acquiring - it is surely the SUV segment. Jaguar arrived at the same conclusion that Porsche did: build an SUV or die trying…
We flew with Jaguar Land Rover Middle East to Montenegro to lay our hands on the F-Pace, the British company's first SUV ever. Montenegro's a part of the ex-Yugoslavia, a rocky peninsula stuck between Croatia and Albania, deep in Game of Thrones zone. It hangs over the Adriatic Sea, shielded by sharp cliffs that splay over the water in perfect scenery.
The all-new Jaguar F-PACE is a performance crossover designed and engineered to offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement that all Jaguars are renowned for, together with unrivalled dynamics and everyday versatility.
Developed using Jaguar's Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, the all-new F-PACE combines purity of line, surface and proportion with F-TYPE-inspired features such as the powerful rear haunches, fender vents and distinctive taillight graphics.
The bold front grille and the muscular bonnet hint at the performance potential of engines like the 380-horsepower supercharged V6. Elements such as slender, full-LED headlights, forged 22-inch wheels and short front overhang carry the design vision of the C-X17 concept through to production.
The all-new F-PACE seats five occupants in absolute comfort. The interior is a perfect blend of premium materials and finishes, exquisite detailing, luxuries such as heated, electrically-reclining rear seats, and cutting-edge technologies including the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster.
The Lightweight Aluminum Architecture gave the design and engineering teams the ideal starting point. It was created from the outset as a modular structure, so the wheels can be positioned exactly where they are needed to deliver the proportions and dynamics, and are practicality essential for a performance crossover.
The wheelbase and track are not shared with any other Jaguar. At 4,731 millimeters long and with a 2,874-millimeter wheelbase, the all-new F-PACE offers the sleek profile and short front overhang characteristic of Jaguar design together with an exceptionally spacious interior.
Rear knee-room is class leading and the luggage compartment volume is an astonishing 650 liters.
The light, stiff body structure comprises 80 percent aluminum, and is the only aluminum-intensive monocoque in the segment. Additional weight savings come from the composite tailgate and magnesium for parts such as the cross-car beam.
The result is that the rear-wheel drive 180 horsepower diesel manual transmission model weighs as little as 1,665 kilograms and achieves CO2 emissions of just 129 g/km. With the 380 horsepower supercharged V6 petrol engine from the F-TYPE under its sculpted aluminum bonnet, the all-new F-PACE can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.
The body's high torsional stiffness enables the F-TYPE-derived double wishbone front suspension and sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension to perform even better. Together with Torque Vectoring as standard and an Electric Power Assisted Steering system tuned to give the best possible feel and response, the all-new F-PACE sets the benchmark for ride and handling.
Even the entry-level model benefits from monotube dampers as standard, but for even better ride and handling, the electronically-controlled Adaptive Dynamics system measures body and wheel movement 100 and 500 times a second respectively, ensuring optimum damping forces in all conditions.
For the most enthusiastic drivers there's Configurable Dynamics: first used in the F-TYPE, this feature allows individual settings for the throttle, automatic transmission, steering, and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics system.
Using state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics simulations and applying lessons learnt from the XE and all-new XF, the all-new F-PACE has a drag coefficient of only 0.34, helping to reduce fuel consumption and improve refinement. The vehicle is also engineered for exceptionally low lift and excellent lift balance front-to-rear, resulting in better steering feel and stability at higher speeds.
The all-new F-PACE's torque on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) system is Jaguar's most sophisticated yet, and has the highest torque capacity. It features the advanced, in-house control system first developed for F-TYPE AWD: Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD). IDD preserves rear-wheel drive agility and handling character, but can seamlessly transfer torque to the front wheels to exploit the performance benefits of extra traction, on all surfaces and in all weather.
Adaptive Surface Response (ASR), developed from Land Rover's patented, award-winning Terrain Response technology, makes the AWD system even more effective in challenging conditions. Integrated into Jaguar Drive Control, ASR identifies the type of surface and optimizes the mapping of the powertrain and Dynamic Stability Control system. First launched in the all-new XF, ASR has been enhanced by a third mode designed for deep snow and gravel.
Another world-class technology developed for adverse conditions is All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). To make the most of the available grip, ASPC automatically controls the throttle and the brakes, enabling the vehicle to pull away smoothly: the driver just has to steer. ASPC functions between 3.6 km/h and 30 km/h, and the driver selects the desired speed using the cruise control switches. ASPC is compatible with rear- and all-wheel drive.
For drivers who want similar results but still want to use the accelerator pedal, there's Low-Friction Launch (LFL). This function uses a very progressive throttle map, making the vehicle easier to control, and the all-new F-PACE is the first Jaguar to offer it.
The all-new F-PACE has been engineered to satisfy the most stringent safety standards worldwide and provides exceptional levels of occupant and pedestrian protection. The standard of active safety is just as high, thanks to a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. The state-of-the-art stereo camera at the heart of the Autonomous Emergency Braking system now features a pedestrian detection function - a Jaguar-first. The stereo camera also enables Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, an Intelligent Speed Limiter, and Driver Condition Monitor systems.
Key information such as vehicle speed and speed limits can be projected directly into the driver's line of sight by the laser Head-Up display. The high contrast color images can also show cruise control settings and turn-by-turn navigation instructions. Compared to conventional systems, laser technology is smaller and lighter and the images remain clear even in bright sunlight.
Infotainment and connectivity technology is just as advanced. The premium InControl Touch Pro system is based around a 10.2-inch touchscreen, with a powerful quad-core processor and solid-state drive, and runs on ultra-fast Ethernet. The user interface is intuitive, the graphics sharp and incredibly responsive. The navigation system can save you time by learning your commute, offers true door-to-door guidance and can even advise others of your arrival time. Navigation can also be shown full-screen - in 3D - in the 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster.
The all-new F-PACE also brings the world debut of Jaguar's Activity Key. A waterproof, shockproof wristband with an integrated transponder, this segment-first, wearable technology supports active lifestyles because it allows the key fob to be securely locked inside the vehicle - invaluable if you're going surfing, for example, or kayaking.
Locking the all-new F-PACE using the Activity Key will disable any key fobs left inside. Activity Key works on the same RF frequencies as the other keys, and is used to lock and unlock the vehicle by holding it in close proximity to the J of the Jaguar lettering on the tailgate. Activity Key has no battery, so you never have to worry about changing it.
First Edition: Concept car design for the real world
To celebrate the launch of the all-new F-PACE, a special model called the First Edition will be available in strictly limited numbers - just 2,000 worldwide. Powered exclusively by the 380 horsepower supercharged V6 petrol engine, the First Edition is distinguished by two unique metallic paint colors - Caesium Blue and Halcyon Gold; clear references to the breakthrough C-X17 concepts unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt and Guangzhou Motor Shows. Customers can also choose from Rhodium Silver and Ultimate Black. Further highlights include 22-inch Double Helix 15-spoke wheels with grey finish and contrast inserts, Adaptive Dynamics, full-LED headlights, gloss-black fender vents and a sliding panoramic roof.
Inside, the Windsor soft-grain leather seats in Light Oyster feature twin-needle stitching and an embossed houndstooth pattern influenced by the C-X17's award-winning interior. The traditional Jaguar craftsmanship blends seamlessly with the configurable 10-color ambient lighting, state-of-the-art InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and the 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster.
The all-new F-PACE range will consist of: F-PACE Pure, F-PACE Prestige, F-PACE Portfolio, F-PACE R-Sport, F-PACE S, and the F-PACE First Edition. The powertrain range consists of: 240 horsepower 2.0-liter petrol automatic RWD; 340 horsepower and 380 horsepower 3.0-liter petrol automatic AWD. The all-new F-PACE is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull Plant alongside the Jaguar XE sports saloon.
It feels very good when sitting in the F-Pace driver's seat going down the road. Standard with the offered engines, the eight-speed ZF transmission provides the perfect recipe to the engine, shifting precisely and quickly with no delay back and forth for the precise gear, even on completely unpredictable roads continuing up the hills of Montenegro. When you cruise along in the F-Pace, you feel like all the bad potholes are soaked up mainly by its self-confidence as a long-travel suspension crossover/SUV. The best part of it is, when you want to do some fast cornering, the F-Pace becomes much more like a sedan or coupe car, and gives a kind of enthusiasm and control while cornering. It's a smart gadget that Jaguar has pulled off here!
Our frank assumption is quite simple: around 80 percent of F-Pace buyers will never have considered or bought a Jaguar previously. Why would you think of getting one? The reason is pretty simple. The Jaguar F-Pace looks better than an Audi Q5, is way cheaper than a Porsche Macan, and has more interior room than both of them. Its exterior design is sharp, it's charming to drive, and its price tag is fabulously reasonable. Every dealer around the Middle East and the GCC is offering an ownership program such as a five-year warranty plus roadside assistance and complimentary maintenance. Think of it - you'd be the first person to own the Jag SUV, with no other predecessor on the road!
Pros: Spacious backseat and cargo area, sharp and engaging drive, high ground clearance and amazing off-road capability
Cons: Powerful engines only available with top-of-the-line models, challenging new segment for Jaguar
Rivals: Porsche Macan, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X4, Cadillac XT5, Lexus RX
One word: pace
F-Pace 2.0L turbocharged 240 hp
2.0L turbocharged, inline-4 cylinder, 240 hp @ 5500rpm, 340 Nm @ 1750-4000 rpm
ZF 8-speed automatic, AWD
0-100 km/h: 7.5 sec, top speed: 225 km/h, fuel consumption: 7.9 L/ 100 km
Weight: 1850 kg
F-Pace 3.0L supercharged 340 hp
3.0L supercharged, V6, 340 hp @ 6500 rpm, 450 Nm @ 4500 rpm
ZF 8-speed automatic, AWD
0-100 km/h: 5.8 sec, top speed: 250 km/h, fuel consumption: 8.9 L/ 100 km
Weight: 1820 kg
F-Pace 3.0L supercharged 380 hp
3.0L supercharged, V6, 380 hp @ 6500 rpm, 450 Nm @ 4500 rpm
ZF 8-speed automatic, AWD
0-100 km/h: 5.5 sec, top speed: 250 km/h, fuel consumption: 8.9 L/ 100 km
Weight: 1861 kg