CAT CALL

JAGUAR’S NEW F-PACE SUV IS ON THE PROWL IN PHILLY.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY GE­ORGE POLGAR

Jaguar’s new F-pace SUV is on the prowl in Philly.

A new jun­gle king has de­scended from the il­lus­tri­ous Jaguar pedi­gree. With the same glossy grit of its lux­ury lin­eage but for a broader spec­trum of ac­tiv­i­ties, the F-pace SUV is any­thing but a clunky road­ster—it’s a sturdy, ag­ile ride.

“The F-pace SUV re­ally makes Jaguar an even big­ger player in the very com­pet­i­tive lux­ury field,” says said Michael Smyth of Jaguar Main Line and Jaguar Wil­low Grove. “Jaguar cer­tainly has the her­itage… and now with this amaz­ing new F-pace SUV, the brand is at the top of its game.”

And it looks good, too. Fit­ting the pro­file of a preda­tor, the F-pace is fronted by sleek rip­ples on the hood like a clenched ab­domen, op­po­site an aero­dy­namic rear pro­file. In­side the spa­cious cabin is stitched two-tone leather seat­ing, with dash and door pan­els ac­cented in brushed alu­minum. The F-pace S First Edi­tion, rolling at $70,000, em­pha­sizes high im­pact--from a scorch­ing metal­lic fin­ish to swag­ger­ing 22-inch dark-fin­ish al­loy wheels. The stan­dard model of­fers a 340-horse­power en­gine or op­tional 380-horse­power su­per­charged V-6, housed by a stiff but lightweight alu­minum car foun­da­tion.

On the wooded back roads of the old Main Line, the F-pace is a stir­ring per­former, with its so­phis­ti­cated com­puter-con­trolled driv­ing dy­nam­ics tak­ing the edge off of tight turns and sweep­ing curves. I took an early-morn­ing romp through the wide-open stretches of the Schuylkill River Drive loop to see what this car was ca­pa­ble of. The F-pace proved so in­spir­ing, I took a sec­ond lap be­fore day­break. 325 E. Lan­caster Ave., Wayne, 610-520-2000; jaguar­main­line.com; 900 S. York Road, Wil­low Grove, 215-443-5900; jaguar wil­low­grove.com

“THE F-PACE SUV MAKES JAGUAR AN EVEN BIG­GER PLAYER IN THE VERY COM­PET­I­TIVE LUX­URY FIELD.” — MICHAEL SMYTH

Whip ap­peal: Jaguar joins the SUV game with the new F- Pace.

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