Jaguar F-Pace has been caught again ahead of its expected launch later this year. The firm’s first SUV will challenge both the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC and rivaling Porsche Macan.
Essentially a production version of the C-X17 concept, the new F-Pace will be based on the versatile aluminium-intense iQ[Al] platform. The new architecture will basically be used for all future new Jaguar models, including the next-gen XF sedan. Jaguar will offer rear-while drive and all-wheel drive versions, with the 4×4 system expected to come from Land Rover.
At 4.72 meters long and 1.65 meters wide, the Jaguar F-Pace clearly has the dimensions of a full-size crossover, easily matching its rivals in therms of stature and sheer road presence. The design should closely mimic that of the C-X17 concept, created in-house by design boss Ian Callum.
The engines line-up will likely mirror that of the smaller Jaguar XE sedan. This translates to the new Ingenium family of four-cylinder units which will will appeal, just as the industry norm dictates, to turbocharging and stop/start systems in order to meet Euro 6 emissions regulations.
Later in the F-Pace’s life cycle, Jaguar will expand the powerplant palette with the 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6 used in the F-type, with power potential of more than 250 hp.
The F-Pace will go on sale in early 2016 and will be built in Jaguar’s new Solihull plant.