Jaguar’s fam­ily-friendly SUV F-PACE en­hances time spent on the road for the en­tire clan.

The Peak (Hong Kong) - - Special Report -

Once upon a time, driv­ers who wanted com­fort for the en­tire fam­ily would have been con­fronted with the dilemma of hav­ing to forgo style and performance. The rise of the performance SUV seems to have solved this prob­lem; nu­mer­ous lux­ury au­tomak­ers have en­tered the SUV mar­ket with their ver­sions of a stylish yet performance-driven fam­ily car. Now Jaguar has joined the ranks of this league with the pro­duc­tion of its first ever SUV – the F-PACE.

The grace­ful F-PACE takes nu­mer­ous aes­thet­i­cal cues from the range of lux­ury sports cars and sedans within the Jaguar brand. Built for fam­i­lies, the car’s spa­cious in­te­ri­ors and gen­er­ous, 650-litre lug­gage com­part­ment are per­fect for tak­ing the whole brood on week­end out­ings.

With the ac­tive fam­ily life in mind, Jaguar has also pi­o­neered the use of ac­tiv­ity key tech­nol­ogy, avail­able ex­clu­sively with the F-PACE. The ac­tiv­ity key is a wa­ter­proof, el­e­ment-re­sis­tant bracelet

that can be worn around the wrist of the driver and used in place of the key for en­try. The key can then be locked se­curely in­side the car dur­ing out­ings when it would be in­con­ve­nient to carry around.

The up-to-date en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem fea­tures a Wi-fi hotspot that can link up to eight sep­a­rate de­vices to the 10.2-inch tablet–style touch­screen. A virtual 12.3-inch HD in­stru­ment clus­ter with 3D nav­i­ga­tion dis­play brings peace of mind to the ad­ven­ture-seek­ing fam­ily, mak­ing it that bit harder to get lost.

But most im­por­tantly, this fam­ily-friendly ride makes no com­pro­mises when it comes to performance. The all-wheel drive sys­tem en­sures su­perb han­dling which, com­bined with the car’s light­weight alu­minium ar­chi­tec­ture, is ideal for the sud­den and sharp slopes of the city. The only SUV on the mar­ket that is 100 per cent rear wheel drive, the F-PACE can shift over 90 per cent of torque from the rear wheels to the front in just 165 mil­lisec­onds ac­cord­ing to driv­ing con­di­tions.

Be it dur­ing the win­ter months or the rainy sea­son, the all­wheel drive pro­vides re­li­able trac­tion con­trol.

The F-PACE First Edi­tion is pow­ered by a 3.0 litre V6 380PS su­per­charged petrol en­gine and has an eight-speed elec­tronic au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with Jaguar’s se­quen­tial shift tech­nol­ogy, of­fer­ing top speeds of 250km/h. The First Edi­tion is pre­sented in two ex­clu­sive colours; cae­sium blue and hal­cyon gold, and comes fit­ted with 22-inch dou­ble helix 15-spoke rims and red calipers. The model is lim­ited to 2000 units world­wide, with 17 slated for de­liv­ery in Hong Kong.

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