If you believed that Jaguar dropped its plans to build an SUV you’d better think again as the British manufacturer is working hard on its new Sport Utility Vehicle. According to AutoExpress, the Jaguar SUV is in advanced design stages and it will go on sales in 2015. Expected to be called Q-Type or XQ, the new Jaguar SUV will take on the Bmw X3 and the Audi Q5.
Although it was easier to borrow the underpinnings from the Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar will use the new chassis with company’s upcoming 3-Series rival. Due to its size, Jaguar will use four-cylinder engines on its upcoming SUV, which means that it could go for the 2.0-liter SI4 turbo and the 2.20-liter SD4 diesel engines found on the Range Rover Evoque.
The latest eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox will be offered as standard. A 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine could also be offered with a maximum output of 340 hp. A hybrid version is also planned and Jaguar is expected to use tech derived from the C-X75 Concept.
The carmaker designed and engineered its new performance crossover – the new F-Pace – to offer the typical Jaguar attributes of responsiveness, agility and refinement and combining them with higher levels of dynamics and versatility.
Underpinned by Jaguar's Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, the new F-Pace basically fuses purity of surface, line and proportion with F-Type-inspired elements like fender vents, characteristic tail light graphics and dynamic rear haunches.
Strongly indicating the power lurking inside the new F-Pace – including the 380-PS supercharged V6 engine – are the crossover’s muscular bonnet and bold front grille. Moreover, the new F-Pace adopts a number of features from the C-X17 concept like its slender full-LED headlights, short front overhang and forged 22-inch wheels.
Able to comfortably accommodate five occupants, the cabin of the new Jaguar F-Pace makes use of premium materials and finishes as well as exquisite detailing. It also features a number of luxurious elements like heated, electrically-reclining rear seats as well as groundbreaking technologies including the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster.
Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, remarked that by staying true to the brand’s design principles, they were able to make F-Pace instantly recognizable as a Jaguar. He remarked that while the new F-Pace offers the expected interior space, it is also the most balanced, most attractive vehicle in its class, thanks to their disciplined approach to surfaces, proportions and purity of line.