Jaguar SUV gets green light for production, will arrive in 2016

Article by Christian A., on August 14, 2013

At last, the Jaguar SUV received the green light for production, at least according to British magazine, Autocar. The Jaguar SUV has been in development for over two years already and will change perception of the brand. Jaguar is believed to unveil a concept that previews the new SUV at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

People who already seen the new crossover described it as stunning and unlike anything that Jaguar had done before. Set to take on cars such as the upcoming Porsche Macan, the new Jaguar SUV aims to attract younger, more affluent families. Dubbed XQ, the crossover will be a sister car to Jaguar’s Bmw 3-Series competitor and will use the same new aluminum platform.

Still, sources say that the production version will be more of a sporting crossover than a full-on SUV. As expected, the crossover will be offered as standard with rear-wheel drive but as an option Jaguar will offer the all-wheel drive.

What is more interesting is that it will use the smaller version of the Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) that underpins the 2013 Range Rover and the 2014 Range Rover Sport. Under the hood, Jaguar will offer a wide range of petrol and diesel four-cylinder engine. Still, more powerful V6 petrol and diesel versions will be offered.

The new Jaguar F-Pace is the carmaker’s first in several ways. For instance, it is Jaguar's first performance crossover and the vehicle in its class to intensive use aluminum. It is also the first in the competition to offer the highest levels of cabin width, boot space, rear kneeroom and ease of rear access.

The design of the new Jaguar F-Pace was penned by the same teams that created the award-winning C-X17 concept, thereby allowing for a purer design expression. Its designers were able to make full use of the flexibility of the Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, allowing them to fully cooperate with Jaguar’s engineers to establish the key dimensions for the new F-Pace – like its wheelbase and track. As a result, the new F-Pace has the proportions and elegant lines that allow it to be easily recognizable as a Jaguar.

Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, remarked that since the F-Pace was designed to be first and foremost a Jaguar, it comes with exciting proportions, pure surfaces, a dynamic stance as well as a beautiful sensuality. He noted that the F-Type pays a big role in the F-Pace’s progressive and purposeful look. He added that the F-Pace boasts of an on-the-road presence that is the best in its class.

Callum also quipped that the Lightweight Aluminium Architecture granted designers with the freedom to create a car with latent poise and attitude. He remarked that the F-Pace is assertive but not aggressive, adding that this versatile sports car is loaded with real-world solutions. He described the F-Pace as an all-weather, all-surface Jaguar sports car.

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