Jaguar F-Pace – The cat grows up and wants to play

The all-new Jaguar F-Pace is a performance 4×4 crossover designed and engineered to offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement that all Jaguars are renowned for, together with unrivalled dynamics and everyday versatility.

F-Pace Design
The Jaguar F-Pace is a vehicle of design firsts. It’s Jaguar’s first performance crossover, the first aluminium-intensive model in the class and first among rivals for boot volume, cabin width, rear kneeroom and ease of rear access. The F-Pace packs everyday usability into a concept car body.

The F-Pace remains true to the aesthetic of the award-winning C-X17 concept, and they were both designed by the same teams – this enabled purer design expression. Thanks to the flexibility of the Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, the designers could work hand in hand with the engineers to determine the key dimensions such as the wheelbase and track, delivering the proportions and elegant lines that distinguish it instantly as a Jaguar.

The influence of the F-Type is instantly apparent at the rear, from the graphics of the LED tail-lights to the muscular rear haunches. The rakish angle of the rear screen belies the unrivalled load space behind it. The F-Type’s influence extends to the Jaguar F-Pace’s silhouette, with its sleek roofline and short front overhang, reflecting the vehicle’s agile responses. The fender vents are another familiar Jaguar design feature. The large diameter wheels – especially the 22-inch enhances the purposeful stance.

The taut surfaces and clean lines of the bodysides – formed from a single sheet of aluminium – reflect Jaguar’s world-leading expertise in designing, engineering and manufacturing vehicles using this lightweight material. Perfectly balancing form and function, the geometry of every pillar in the upper canopy has been optimised to the nearest 0.1mm to ensure the best possible visibility for all occupants.

The bold, upright front grille is not only assertive, reinforcing the F-Pace’s all-surface potential, but also contributes to the F-Pace’s aerodynamic efficiency. The power bulge extends the full length of the aluminium bonnet to emphasise the vehicle’s performance credentials.

The sleek headlights, available with adaptive full-LED technology, feature daytime running lights with Jaguar’s signature ‘J’ Blade graphic. The slender LED fog lights were developed in-house and use TV screen optics and light tubes to deliver superior packaging and an exceptionally smooth, homogeneous light source.

Space, luxury and refinement in the cabin
The Jaguar F-Pace is a true five-seater with a spacious, luxurious interior featuring the premium materials, craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail that that gives every Jaguar its unique sense of occasion.

The ‘Sports Command’ driving position provides an authoritative, confidence-giving view out but retains a sports car feel. Jaguar’s cosseting sports seats are shaped to provide exceptional comfort and support and are available with 14-way adjustment, heating and cooling, and refinements such as Windsor soft-grain leather, contrasting twin-needle stitching and embossed headrests.

The dramatic curve of the front door top rolls into the fascia and enhances the cockpit-like feel. The unrivalled range of contemporary trim options includes authentic metal finishes such as Meshed Aluminium and beautiful crafted veneers such as Satin Grey Ash.

The sweeping instrument panel features two large, deeply-hooded analogue dials and a central TFT display, or a 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster offering a choice of four visual themes and a full-screen 3D navigation display. The infotainment touchscreen, which measures 10.2-inches with the premium InControl Touch Pro system, falls perfectly to hand. Ambient lighting, especially with the 10-colour option, enhances the sense of luxury.

The row-two experience is equally impressive. The long, 2,874mm wheelbase makes access to and from the rear seats easy, while the seat base was designed to allow passengers to sit further outboard, offering maximum space when seating three occupants. The positioning of the seats, together with the height of the beltline, means that even small children enjoy a good view out. The optional four-zone climate control system with B-pillar vents ensures even greater comfort.

The 40:20:40 split seatback is available with an electric recline function, and despite the dynamic roofline, headroom is maintained throughout the full six degrees of movement. Months were spent refining the shape of the headliner to extract every last millimetre of clearance, right down to using magnets as fixings – these are more compact than traditional fasteners.

Luxury and spaciousness are matched by the interior’s versatility. The door pockets can accommodate large bottles, while the storage spaces neatly scalloped into the sides of the centre console were designed around smartphones and feature non-slip rubber inserts at the bottom. The console also features twin cup holders, which can be hidden when not in use by the optional sliding gloss black cover.

The cubby box offers a 12V socket and up to two USB ports. Where fitted, the dual-purpose HDMI/ MHL port enables occupants to stream media including video from the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system to devices such as tablets, and playback is controlled using the device itself. The rear console can feature up to two more 12V sockets or two additional USB ports. On most models, cupholders are integrated into the rear armrest.

The relentless focus on package efficiency also means that the F-Pace has an exceptional luggage compartment: 650-litres. The space is made all the more useable by its 1,255mm width – more than enough to accommodate two full-size golf bags, for example, or four large suitcases. The rear seats allow through-loading and when folded flat, the luggage compartment offers up to 1,740-litres of space.

The clever packaging is enhanced still further by the low loading height and the flat floor. The floor itself is reversible: one side is carpeted, the other rubberised – making it ideal for sports equipment or pets. The parcel shelf can be stored below the boot floor, and so too can the optional mesh loadguard. Alternatively, there is room beneath the floor for a full-sized spare wheel.

The lightweight composite tailgate benefits from optional power opening and closing functions, and gesture control for hands-free operation: all the customer has to do is make a smooth kicking motion. Sensors recognise this movement and will trigger the opening or closing request.

No physical packaging bucks were used during the F-Pace’s development. Its remarkable package efficiency is testament to the accuracy of the design models, Jaguar Land Rover’s state-of-the-art virtual cave, and the close working relationship between the design and engineering teams.

InControl Touch: Powerful functionality, intuitive to use
The F-Pace comes with Jaguar’s InControl Touch infotainment system as standard. Featuring an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen, intuitive user interface and crisp clear graphics, it supports smartphone and tablet gestures such as ‘swipe’ to move from one page to another, and ‘drag’ to scroll through maps.

Entering addresses is quicker and easier than with previous systems and routes are calculated faster thanks to SD card storage of navigation data. Maps are rendered in 2D and 3D graphics, making directions even simpler and more intuitive to follow. Turn-by-turn instructions can also be shown in the optional head-up display, leaving the driver free to concentrate on what matters most – the road ahead.

The audio system is developed with renowned British experts Meridian which delivers ideal sound reproduction with benchmark low levels of distortion.

Activity Key
The 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 keyfob to be securely locked inside the vehicle – invaluable if you’re going surfing, for example, or kayaking.

Locking the F-Pace using the Activity Key will disable any keyfobs 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.

Agile, direct, responsive
Everything about the Jaguar F-Pace has been engineered from the outset to deliver the driving experience which sets all Jaguars apart from the competition. Drive the F-Pace and you get a responsive, connected feel: turn the wheel and immediately the vehicle rotates around you; no lag, no delay. It’s what makes this performance crossover feel more like a sports car.

Another technology first developed for F-Type supercar is applied to the Jaguar F-Pace, Torque Vectoring. Designed to make the vehicle even more agile, the system can apply finely-metered braking to the inner wheels to mitigate understeer during corner entry, helping the driver to keep the vehicle on the ideal line through the turn. The system works predominantly on the inside rear wheel to avoid any corruption of steering feel, and as a result system intervention is virtually transparent to the driver.

The heart of a sports car with its 340PS 3.0-litre supercharged V6s delivers immediate throttle response, linear power delivery and unique intake and exhaust sound. Matched to an 8-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive, the 340PS engine can launch from 0-100km/h in only 5.1 seconds and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

Yes, it has a 4×4 system
The F-Pace features Jaguar’s most advanced torque on-demand all-wheel drive system ever, enhanced with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics – a control system first developed for the F-Type AWD. These technologies combine the rear-wheel drive handling balance and agile steering feel at the core of Jaguar’s dynamics DNA with the performance benefits of greater traction – in all weathers and on all surfaces

Like the F-Type AWD, the Jaguar F-Pace features a torque on-demand AWD system. Under normal driving conditions, all of the engine’s torque is sent to the rear axle, maintaining a rear-wheel drive character. This also minimises parasitic losses in the drivetrain and therefore helps to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The ground clearance of 213mm is another advantage and one made all the more effective because the underfloor is also as smooth as possible to reduce aerodynamic drag. And when the architecture was developed, ECUs and other electronics modules were packaged as high up as possible to aid the F-Pace’s remarkable 525mm wading depth.

Final decision
Yes, the asking price is in the same region as the Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport and the soon to arrive Maserati Levente, but this pussycat is not lacking behind in any area and only a test drive will give a clear picture of what it has under its belly. Stroke it and feel it purr.

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