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F-Pace aims at a slice of the SUV ac­tion

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige -

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

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