It was about time for Jaguar to enter the SUV market. The company which is mostly known for sports cars and coupes is entering the market with the 2016 Jaguar F-Pace.
Jaguar presented the new SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show. After all the teasing and spy photos, we finally get to see the F-Pace in live.
Under the hood, Jaguar offers several models, starting from the basic Prestige, and going through the R-Sport, Portfolio and S model. The basic model is the only one that features rear-wheel drive manual gearbox with six speeds. All other models feature automatic transmission, the tested ZF eight speed gearbox.
The entry model starts with a 2.0-liter diesel engine boasting 178hp, while the top of the class model features 3.0-liter V6 375 gasoline engine. The best diesel engine offered for the Jaguar F-Pace is a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine producing 296hp.
The entry model sprints to 60mph in 8.9 seconds and can hit max speed of 130mph, while the flagship diesel engine goes to 60mph in 6.2 seconds. As expected, the V6 petrol engine is the fastest one, going to 60mph in just 5.5 seconds.
The likely scenario for the F-Pace is to rival the likes of the BMW X5 and the newly released Volvo XC90. The moment you set eyes on the new 2016 F-Pace by Jaguar, you know you are in the world of Jaguar. On the front, the SUV features the familiar headlights, while the gapping grille is a carryover from other models. Inverted crease flashes on the side and a tall windowline completes the look with rear lights that look as sleek as possible.
The platform of the SUV is something of an experiment by Jaguar, as the company decided to use aluminum architecture that can be tweaked. The result is the wheels of the F-Pace are positioned where the team wanted them and managed to deliver impressive legroom inside and short overhangs.
Inside, an 8 inch touchscreen sits in the center, with options for a 10.2 inch central display as well. Those who want to go the extra mile can choose a 12.3 inch virtual cluster that resembles the one in the Audi TT.
The entry model of the Jaguar F-Pace is priced at somewhere close to $45,000 with heated leather seats, LED lights for daytime running, DAB radio, satellite navigation, Wi-Fi connectivity and 18 inch alloy wheels as standard equipment. For those who want to go little extra, a midrange model or the R-Sport trimming includes 19 inch wheels, xenon headlamps, sports body kit and sports seats inside. The R-Sport trimming is a little more expensive at $50,000. The most expensive model is the Portfolio lineup, where the basic model includes leather and wood inside, 380W Meridian sound system, panoramic glass roof, rear view camera and much more for something close to $53,000. The top of the class is the Model for the Portfolio lineup, which includes specific body kit, adaptive damping system which is a Jaguar exclusive, red brake clippers, and 20 inch wheels. The price tag for the range topping model is somewhere close to $80,000.