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F-Pace aims at a slice of the SUV action
IT’S everything the E-Type wasn’t yet Jaguar’s new SUV will be the most popular model the company has ever built.
So says design director, Ian Callum. “I think it’s going to be the best-selling Jaguar ever.”
The F-Pace, which goes on sale in Australia in July priced from $74,340, is high, wide and roomy. And it’s Jaguar’s first shot at claiming a slice of the SUVboom action.
“The world is moving to these sorts of vehicle,” says Callum, even though their size and shape aren’t good for efficiency. “So there’s a whole issue of: ‘Is it the right car for the world at this time?’”
“But, you know, at the end of the day, customers decide,” he says. “And it was very clear to us when we asked around the world, particularly in China and the US, that this is what people wanted. So we produced it.”
The Jaguar faces established models from makers who moved earlier to exploit the trend; Audi Q5, BMW X3 (and X4), Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus NX, Porsche Macan and Volvo XC60. But it has the right stuff to take them all on.
In character, the F-Pace is closest to the Macan. Like Porsche, Jaguar chose to put the emphasis on stylish looks and sporty driving.
The exterior incorporates design elements borrowed from the F-Type sports car — the shape of the tail-lights is the obvious example — as well as the more recent XE and XF sedans. Much of the driving technology in the F-Pace is also used in other Jaguars.
The list includes the SUV’s four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, auto transmission, all-wheel-drive setup and some suspension parts. Nothing wrong with this; Jaguar’s freshest models are mostly delightful to drive.
The body is made mainly from aluminium. Jaguar has made itself one of the leaders in this field, for instance pioneering the development of special alloys using recycled