Jaguar’s performance crossover – the new F-PACE – has been tested in the most extreme conditions from Dubai’s heat and dust to Northern Sweden’s ice and snow. What consumers get from the F-PACE is an unparalleled combination of performance, practicality, and design.
The automaker created this very demanding test program to guarantee that each system functions perfectly even in the most inhospitable of situations.
Andrew Whyman, Vehicle Programme Director, Jaguar F-PACE, said that the F-PACE was developed to provide the ride, handling and refinement that’s expected from a Jaguar, in combination with superior levels of “ability and composure on all surfaces and in all weathers.“
He added that “obsessive attention” was used for building every detail. The F-PACE went through the “most challenging conditions” to make sure that it will surpass customers’ expectations around the globe. At the test facility of Jaguar Land Rover in Arjeplog, Northern Sweden, it’s rare for average winter temperatures to exceed -15°C.
They frequently plunge to -40°C. By having the F-PACE go through 60km of purposely built handling tracks, mountain climbs, inclines, split-friction straights and off-road areas, it is perfect for optimizing the calibration of the all-wheel drive system, Dynamic Stability Control and technologies like Jaguar’s revolutionary All-Surface Progress Control.
By testing the F-PACE, it makes sure that it offers the connected steering feel and agility essential to Jaguar dynamics DNA whether it’s on snow, asphalt, or ice. The ambient temperatures in Dubai can surpass 50°C in the shade. The temperatures in the cabin can reach 70°C if the vehicles are left out in direct sunlight.
This is exactly what’s required to guarantee that all systems ranging from climate control systems to infotainment touchscreens work perfectly in heat and humidity extremes. The test engineers can be comfortable with the air conditioner on as they move through city traffic.
This stage in the test cycle is meant to put the cooling systems under very high load via a combination of high ambient temperatures and low airflow. In addition, the F-PACE was driven over gravelled mountain passes. This marks the first time for a Jaguar test programme to be used in this very challenging environment.