Jaguar’s in the works with their very first crossover SUV ever, and it’s promising to be the best-driver’s crossover in its class, thanks to the new info provided by the Coventry firm. So don’t worry, the F-Pace won’t come close to tramping into the territory of its corporate partner, Land Rover, who are significantly geared towards a more luxurious driving experience and all-terrain capability.
According to their latest press release, the F-Pace will serve up a healthy dollop of agile and crisp handling, thanks to an emphasis on low weight and top-tier suspension designs, with a double-wishbone setup up front and an integral multi-link rear at the back.
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That’s sort of like asking a linebacker to be as quick on his feet as a running back, but nonetheless, companies have proven that crossovers can be sporty and offer high performance.
Grip will be bolstered by all-wheel drive and torque vectoring technology inspired by the version found in the current F-Type. And of course, the brakes will be pretty beefy to manage the extra weight and mass of a crossover.
Production is slated to commence at Jaguar’s Solihull, UK factory very soon as the Leaping Cat prepares for a product launch sometime in 2016. Power should be supplied by the latest and greatest of Ingenium engines, including a potent new four-banger as well as Jaguar’s latest supercharged V6.
Check out the video and press release below.
JAGUAR F-PACE: THE ULTIMATE PRACTICAL JAGUAR SPORTS CAR
Double wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension enable exceptional handling and ride comfort
Outstanding agility delivered by F-TYPE-derived technologies including Torque Vectoring2
Electric power-assisted steering designed to give immediate response and connected feel
Debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September
On sale in 2016
(MAHWAH, N.J.) – August 25, 2015 – Featuring sports-car derived chassis systems and evaluated on the same demanding roads as all other Jaguar vehicles, the new F-PACE will bring new levels of dynamic ability to the brand when it goes on sale in 2016, after debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
The new F-PACE will reward drivers and passengers alike with a blend of agility and comfort that is unique to the small performance SUV segment; making it the most practical Jaguar sports car ever.
Whether on twisting mountain passes, flowing country roads or high-speed highway cruising1, the new F-PACE delivers responsiveness and precision with the characteristic levels of refinement and composure Jaguar vehicles are known for.
“We haven’t made any compromises or exceptions: the new F-PACE had to be a true Jaguar and had to deliver the dynamics DNA. We’ve tested ride and handling to the limit, and the result is that the new F-PACE is as engaging and rewarding to drive as it is comfortable and quiet. As soon as you get into the vehicle you know immediately that it’s a good place to be.” – Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar
Developed using the Jaguar Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, the new F-PACE is designed to handle with precision and control without sacrificing ride comfort – it’s what makes a Jaguar stand apart from the competition. Taking full advantage of the body structure’s inherently high stiffness, the sophisticated double wishbone front suspension and Integral Link rear suspension provide a great starting point; tuned by Jaguar engineers, they make the new F-PACE incredibly responsive, and ensure that the vehicle can handle the impacts, undulations and camber of varying road surfaces.
Incorporating all of the learnings from F-TYPE, the F-PACE features a similar electric power-assisted steering system2 (EPAS) which gives drivers greater feedback and control than hydraulic systems. Every system between the steering wheel and the tire’s contact patch are optimized so that the new F-PACE responds immediately to driver input, giving a truly connected feel. Combined with the same torque vectoring by braking technology2 first developed for F-TYPE and incorporating a torque on-demand all-wheel drive system2, the new F-PACE has been designed to deliver outstanding agility in a variety of weather conditions and on varying road surfaces.
The new F-PACE makes its auto show debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, September 15 at 10:30AM in Hall 5.0, Stand B06.
1 Always follow local speed limits.
2 These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention, and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions. The driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for more details.
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– By: Chris Chin