Jaguar F-Pace uncovered after Tour de France sneak peak
Jaguar has released a fresh set of pictures of its coming-soon SUV crossover, the F-Pace. This comes after the car was used as a support vehicle for the first stage of the Tour de France.
The pictures show the car undergoing extreme weather and climate testing, which indicates that the car is very close to being released, which could come as soon as September for the Frankfurt motor show.
The F-Pace is the first Jaguar-branded SUV in 60 years, and even then it is more of a crossover than an SUV. It will not compete against the likes of the X5, Q7 and GLE, but rather the smaller X4, Q5 and GLC SUVs.
In a way this makes sense, because of Jaguar’s placement in the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Group which already offers an extensive range of large SUVs.
That being said, the F-Pace is not simply a repackaged of Evoque or Discovery Sport as it is some 40 cm longer than the baby Range Rover, but will stand at a similar height.
The extra length gave designer Ian Callum more to work with when creating the car’s styling, which from what we have heard wasn’t easy. The F-Pace is still meant to display some traces of the F-Type, which is not an easy feat, considering the one is an old-school two-seater sports car, while the other is a relatively compact SUV.
Powering the F-Pace will be the familiar range of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines currently serving the Jaguar XE executive sedan and the Discovery Sport. A more powerful 3,0-litre supercharged V6 has already been confirmed and will be fitted to the range-topping F-Pace.
In the F-Type that engine produces a cool 250 kW which will be enough to pitch the F-Pace against the X4 35i and SQ5, but both BMW and Audi are working on a stronger performance offering from their mid-range SUVs.
BMW is expecting to release an X4 M in the near future which will be powered by the same 317 kW 3,0-litre straight-six as the M4, while Audi is working on a RS Q5 which could be endowed with as much as 375 kW.
This would indicate that Jaguar will at some point have to enlist its most powerful engine, the 5,0-litre supercharged V8, to compete against the BMW and Audi, but shoe-horning the large mill into the F-Pace’s engine bay could prove problematic.
Instead we could see the potency of the V6 engine further enhanced, a strategy in line with what JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has been planning for the Evoque SVR, which is facing a similar power battle from Porsche’s Macan Turbo.