The new Jaguar packs the dirty tricks of a Ranger Rover, but at a lower price.

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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.

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

Com­pet­ing for a slice of the SUV mar­ket is Jaguar’s well­priced F-Pace.

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