2015 NAIAS: Jaguar announced F-Pace crossover, will reveal it later this year

Article by Christian A., on January 11, 2015

We already knew that Jaguar was working hard on crossover and today, the new vehicle also received a name: it will be called the F-Pace. Clearly inspired by the C-X17 sports crossover concept, the new Jaguar F-Pace will take on vehicles such as the Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and the BMW X3.

As you can see, the F-Pace will face a tough segment, but we expect to see an interesting vehicle because Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum says that it will be company’s family sports car. In addition, Jaguar Land Rover global sales director Andy Goss said that the F-Pace will become one of the most innovative Jaguars they have ever developed.

According to the British manufacturer, the F-Pace will be introduced later this year, but not too many details were shared. We do know that it will use Jaguar’s new lightweight aluminum platform used also by the XE midsized sedan and it is expected to be built on the same line as the XE at company’s factory located in Solihull, England.

The new F-Pace will arrive with the same engines found on the XE, which means that we will see the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 163 hp and 380 Nm of torque bolted to a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic gearbox.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injection petrol engine bolted to an 8-speed automatic transmission developed by ZF will be available too. A sporty version will use the 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine that produces 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

We don’t expect Jaguar to offer the 5.0-liter supercharged petrol engine that generates over 500 hp, but it will be a big surprise if we see it.

The new F-Pace is Jaguar's first performance crossover as well as the first aluminum-intensive model in its class. Likewise, the new Jaguar F-Pace dominates the competition in terms of cabin width, rear kneeroom and boot volume, as well as ease of access to the rear compartment.

Featuring everyday usability with a body of a concept car, the new F-Pace stays faithful to the visual appeal of the C-X17 study. After all, both models were designed by the same teams. The flexibility of the Lightweight Aluminium Architecture allowed F-Pace designers to collaborate with engineers to determine the key dimensions of the vehicle, like its wheelbase and track. This cooperation allowed the new F-Pace to have the proportions and elegant lines typical of a Jaguar.

As noted by jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum, the F-Pace was designed to be first and foremost a Jaguar – the reason why the car features exciting proportions, pure surfaces and a beautiful sensuality. He added that its progressive and purposeful looks were influenced by the F-Type. He noted every Jaguar could draw attention even from 200 meters away, adding the F-Pace's presence on the road is second to none in its class.

According to Callum, the Lightweight Aluminium Architecture provided the designers a freedom to create a car with latent poise and attitude – a car that looks assertive but isn't aggressive. Moreover, the new F-Pace is versatile and laden with real-world solutions. Callum called the F-Pace as an all-weather, all-surface Jaguar sports car that could accommodate five people and their belongings.

Apparently, the rear end of the F-Pace is also influenced by the F-Type, as evident on the LED rear light graphics, the muscular rear haunches as well as the raked rear screen. The F-Type also influences the silhouette of the F-Pace, as seen on its sleek roofline and short front overhang. The new F-Pace also features fender vents and large diameter wheels of up to 22 inches.

The body sides of the F-Pace, on the other hand, are formed from a single sheet of aluminum. Their clean lines and taut surfaces convey the carmaker’s expertise in designing, engineering and manufacturing vehicles. Moreover, Jaguar optimized the geometry of the pillars in the upper canopy to the nearest 0.1 mm to ensure that all occupants benefit from best possible visibility.

Up front, the assertive, upright front grille of the new F-Pace helps achieve greater degree aerodynamic efficiency. The power bulge of the bonnet – also made from aluminum – highlights the performance potential of the new F-Pace.

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