THE LIGHT­NESS OF BE­ING

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Ul­ti­mately, the strong­est sell­ing point of the F-Pace is at­trib­uted to its de­sign el­e­ments. Util­is­ing Jaguar’s Light­weight Alu­minium Ar­chi­tec­ture, the highly op­ti­mised mono­coque struc­ture is the only alu­minium-in­ten­sive ve­hi­cle in the SUV cat­e­gory. “The whole as­pect about an SUV is about height, but the ex­cite­ment about mo­tor­cars tend to come from length— be­ing sleek and stream­lined,” Cal­lum says. Com­bined seam­lessly with ad­vanced steels and com­pos­ites, the ag­ile nymph that is the F-Pace has the dra­matic body that re­veals noth­ing of its flex­i­bil­ity—un­til you’re driv­ing it.

To put this in per­spec­tive, the F-Pace weighs as lit­tle as 1,665kg. Porsche’s light­est SUV to date, the Ma­can, weighs 1,770kg, which is al­ready an im­pres­sive feat. Demon­strat­ing this fact fur­ther, the first day had us wit­ness­ing the F-Pace bal­anc­ing per­fectly on a wooden plank, float­ing on the waters by Sveti Ste­fan beach. With­out com­pro­mis­ing on power, de­sign, and fuel econ­omy, Jaguar has cre­ated an SUV that is 80 per­cent alu­minium, with its most pow­er­ful F-Pace go­ing from zero to hun­dred in 5.5 sec­onds.

IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

While Jaguar may be a lit­tle late to the party with this cross­over con­cept, the cliché phrase “good things come to those who wait” fits the mould in this in­stance. The F-Pace has been well-an­tic­i­pated, and not be­cause the Bri­tish man­u­fac­turer has been driv­ing its hype long be­fore the of­fi­cial launch, but be­cause of the in­deli­ble mark Jaguar has made over the past few decades—gen­uine fans of the brand dis­play an un­wa­ver­ing love that bog­gles the mind of peo­ple who have never driven a Jaguar.

The thrust­ing ges­ture of the sporty Jaguar F-Pace sur­prises in the most ex­cit­ing way

Windsor soft-grain leather fills the lux­u­ri­ous in­te­ri­ors for a sporty com­fort

David Gandy pro­fesses his love for the au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­turer

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