Jaguar promises a jaw-dropping design for its upcoming crossover

Article by Christian A., on March 22, 2012

The new crossover that Jaguar is proposing comes with a design and engineering that the automaker describes to be a ”breakthrough.” If it does get the go signal for production, it may start selling at around 2016 at the earliest. Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark told reporters at the Geneva Motor Show that the British marque was built in response to Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth’s desire to have breakthroughs in product development.

After the announcement that Tata is doubling annual investment in the two models to £1.5 billion, Jaguar has been granted full license to veer from its traditional roots as it launches several innovative new models.

Sister firm Land Rover is reaping plenty of success with niche-busting products like the Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar. Before the new crossover arrives, there will still have to be production versions of the C-X16 and C-X75 sports cars and Jaguar’s new BMW 3-series rivaling compact saloon, which maybe due in 2015. Over the next two years, Jaguar will offer six other major new products, which include new models as well as those that were facelifted and have new powertrains or new models.

Hallmark said that the right engines are placed in the current cars. Sources said that making the compact saloon is part of the plan for Jaguar’s long-term development. Hallmark said that the crossover isn’t the top priority but it’s also not at the bottom too.

Its likelihood of being produced is predicted to be around 50/50. The move would improve Jaguar’s growth in Brazil, Russia, India and China. Hallmark said that as a result, it will have “more geographical growth.”

Jaguar’s all-new F-Pace is one performance crossover that was engineered and designed to offer the agility, refinement and responsiveness that all Jaguar vehicles are famous for, together with everyday versatility and unrivalled dynamics.

The F-Pace was developed using the brand’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture. It combines surface, purity of line, and proportion with features that are F-Type-inspired, such as powerful rear haunches, distinctive tail light graphics, and fender vents.

Moreover, the F-Pace’s bold front grille and its muscular bonnet hint at its engines’ performance potential, like that of the 380PS supercharged V6. Features like slender full-LED headlights, short front overhang, and forged 22-inch wheels carry the C-X17 concept’s design vision through to production.

The Jaguar F-Pace can comfortably seat five passengers. Its interior is a wonderful blend of high-quality materials and premium finishes, beautiful detailing, and luxuries like heated, electrically-reclining rear seats. Not to mention that it is equipped with cutting-edge technologies such as the 12.3” HD virtual instrument cluster and InControl TouchPro infotainment system.

According to Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum, by staying true to the design principles of the company, the F-Pace is instantly recognizable as a Jaguar. The car offers the interior space you expect, plus more. And because of their disciplined approach to surfaces, purity of line, and proportions, they have designed the most attractive and the most balanced vehicle in its class.

The Lightweight Aluminium Architecture provided Jaguar’s engineering and design teams the necessary starting point. The car was designed from the outset as one modular structure, so its wheels can be positioned where they should exactly be in order to deliver the dynamics, proportions, and practicality that are needed for a performance crossover.

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