Jaguar officially released it’s first SUV marketed in the American market. The F-Pace is Jaguar’s first attempt to release an SUV to the market as consumers become increasingly interested in SUVs.
The F-Pace was released last month at the Los Angeles Auto Show and has the potential to double Jaguar sales by breaking into this market, according to Telegraph on Monday. High end brands like Lamborghini, Bentley and Porsche already have or are prepping factories to produce the SUVs.
The F-Pace is sure to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing SUVs on the market. Jaguar used their own designer, Ian Callum, to produce the vehicle instead of utilizing their family relationship with Land Rover, according to Business Insider on Monday. The F-Pace does not offer any blatant design cues from Land Rover which allows the F-Pace to maintain it’s own identity a trailblazer in the Jaguar lineup. The F-Pace offers an aggressive fascia which resembles its high-powered, four-door sisters in the lineup. The oversize grille and linear headlights give way to a sloping roofline which leaves seemingly ample headroom for rear passengers. The F-Pace is a proper passenger SUV that can actually fit five passengers with 35.7 inches of headroom in the rear and 35.8 in the front. The rear of the vehicle carries headlights that are almost mirror images of those on the F-Type.
The aggressive styling on the car is for a purpose. The aluminum body sheds weight which improves handling, acceleration and speed. The curb weight is 3,913 pounds which is much less than it’s competitiors like the Porsche Cayenne which is 4,488 pounds and the Mercedes ML350 which is 4,751 pounds. This translates to lower MPG’s for the Jaguar and quicker acceleration with less work from the engine. The F-Pace can actually do what it looks like it can, which is a family car that is low-key actual competition for sports cars. With the Jaguar sports car DNA, the F-Pace is sure to be a thrill behind the wheel while taking a drive up a scenic highway or up the lane to a an equally scenic youth field for the kids. They will get there on time on the standard leather seats in the rear. They and the driver will be equally mesmerized by the panoramic sunroof and interior accent lighting. If kids or other passengers aren’t in the picture, there are 40/20/40 rear folding seats to hold plenty of cargo which can range from moving boxes to skis. Those skis can get to their destination thanks to the F-Pace’s standard all-wheel drive.
Under the hood of the base model, 20d, is a 180 horsepower 2.0 liter four cylinder diesel for a starting price of $40,990. This configuration offers a fuel sipping engine which uses diesel fuel instead of conventional to achieve gas milage ratings. For those who are more top speed conscious, buyers can purchase the 35t version which sports a 3.0 liter V6 gas engine with 340 horsepower for a starting price of $42,390. It is clear that if a few miles per gallon is not a deal breaker that buyers should go for the 35t. With almost the same price, buyers can nearly double their horsepower. One of it’s competitors, the Porsche Cayenne only offers 300 horsepower for a much higher starting price of $58,300. The high-end models, like the S version of the F-Pace, get 380 horsepower for a starting price of $56,700 with the same configuration of the 35t to get drivers around city corners even quicker.
Fuel economy numbers have not yet been released but the F-Pace will come with a 15.9 gallon fuel tank. The F-Pace will become available at dealers starting in 2017.