All-new Jaguar F-Pace is everything you'd want in a premium crossover SUV

Let the luxury crossover wars begin
by Gerard Jude Castillo | Sep 16, 2015

Jaguar F-Pace

The all-new Jaguar F-Pace has just broken cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The British carmaker dubs the F-Pace as a "crossover engineered to offer the performance, responsiveness and agility that all Jaguars are known for, together with unrivaled dynamics and everyday usability." In other words, the model inspired by the C-X17 concept promises to do it all for its owner.

One look at the new F-Pace and you won’t mistake it for anything else but a Jag. The front fascia possesses the trademark mesh grille, flanked by slim LED headlamps. Beneath this lies the powerful and purposeful bumper with air intakes that look like they could swallow the car in front. The side is characterized by a flowing roofline, finished off by strong-looking rear haunches and equally robust fender flares housing 22-inch alloy wheels and grippy rubber.

While the overall shape may seem a tad too sleek for a typical crossover, note that the cabin can accommodate five adults in comfort. Moreover, luggage space is a generous 650L. This being a Jaguar, driver and passengers are treated to the advanced InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. The tablet-style 10.2-inch touchscreen interface controls a quad-core processor with a solid-state drive. You can even hook up to eight mobile devices and surf the Net with an ultra-fast Internet connection. As if making your car a moving Wi-Fi hotspot isn’t chic enough, the built-in navigation system even learns your usual route, gives you the best door-to-door path you can take, and shows all this in 3D.

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While the luxurious and high-tech cabin are great, a true driver knows that being behind the wheel of this British marque is the real treat. The lightweight aluminum architecture design isn’t just press talk: The F-Pace is actually 80% aluminum. This helps bring out the vehicle’s nimbleness and ride comfort.

These will enable the car to unleash all the power and economy of the available range of engines. These include a 2.0-liter 177hp diesel, a 295hp 3.0-liter oil-burner, a 236hp 2.0-liter gasoline, and a pair of 3.0-liter V6 gasoline mills delivering 335hp and 374hp. The supercharged 3.0-liter, 374hp lump from the F-Type, for example, allows the F-Pace to blast to the century mark from rest in a quick 5.1 seconds.

Ride comfort and dynamic handling are ensured by geeky stuff like Adaptive Dynamics and Configurable Dynamics control systems. All-weather drivability is taken care of by the on-demand all-wheel-drive setup, first seen on the F-Type AWD. All these make the F-Pace safe and secure--pretty much a Jag on any road surface you may throw at it.

We expect Jaguar Philippines to launch this in the coming months. We'll keep you posted.

Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace

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