The new Jaguar packs the dirty tricks of a Ranger Rover, but at a lower price.
JAGUAR’S first sport utility vehicle, the F-Pace, is now on sale in South Africa.
Fully imported from the Solihull plant in England, the F-Pace will be available in a 132 kW 2,0-litre diesel, a 221 kW 3,0-litre diesel, or a 3,0-litre supercharged V6 petrol, tuned to make either 250 kW or 280 kW.
All the engines are linked to Jaguar’s eight-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels on demand.
The introductory prices for the five-seater sport utes start at R776 800 for the F-Pace 2,0 I4D Diesel 132 kW Pure and R938 200 for the F-Pace 3,0 TDV6 Diesel 220 kW, with the top-of-the-range F-Pace 3,0 S/C Petrol 280 kW First Edition costing R1 321 000. These entry-level prices make the F-Pace cheaper than a Discovery or Range Rover, but the top-spec models do compete in price with BMW and Audi.
The F-Pace’s torque on-demand all-wheel drive was first developed for the F-Type, while its Adaptive Surface Response (ASR) comes from Land Rover’s award-winning Terrain Response technology and is already used in the Jaguar XF.
Another world-class technology developed for adverse conditions is the All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). For drivers who want to use the accelerator, there’s Low-Friction Launch. This uses a progressive throttle map, making the vehicle easier to control, and the F-Pace is the first Jaguar to offer it.
Inside, information can be projected into the driver’s line of sight by the laser head-up display. The Navigation can also be shown in 3D in the HD virtual instrument cluster. The F-Pace also debuts Jaguar’s Activity Key. A waterproof, shockproof wristband, this wearable technology supports active lifestyles because it allows the key fob to be locked inside the vehicle.
Competing for a slice of the SUV market is Jaguar’s wellpriced F-Pace.