Jaguar gave a debut to its first SUV, the 2017 F-Pace, a model that heats up the market.

The midsize crossover is aimed squarely at luxury competitor­s such as the Porsche Macan.

The vehicle will serve as a test of whether the automaker can sell a luxury SUV under the Jaguar brand even though it also has a full slate of rugged Land Rover models.

Automakers are racing to lure shoppers with new luxury crossover models that deliver a comfortabl­e ride without compromisi­ng fuel economy or craftsmans­hip.

“We designed the all-new F-Pace to be first and foremost a Jaguar,” Jaguar design director Ian Callum said in a statement. “That’s why it has exciting proportion­s, a dynamic stance, pure surfaces and a beautiful sensuality about it.”

In the U.S., F-Pace is likely to come with a supercharg­ed 380-horsepower, 6-cylinder engine that can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds as one of its engine choices. It’s the same engine found in a version of the F-Type sports car.

The crossover comes to showrooms in the spring. Base prices range from $40,990 to $56,700. The company did not reveal fuel economy


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