Frankfurt Motor Show was the birthplace of Jaguar F-Pace. The SUV from the British manufacturer was its first ever attempt at making a utility vehicle. Based on the Jaguar C-X17 concept car, it’ll hit showrooms next year priced just over £34,000 in Britain and is coming to our shores in the second half of 2016 as per report.
Mr. Rohit Suri, President, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd (JLRIL), said that the F-Pace is planned for the Indian market in the second half of next year. Before the launch of F-Pace Jaguar has the XE sedan launch coming up in 2015 which is a proper competitor for the Audi A4, Mercedes Benz C-Class and BMW 3-series.
Jaguar’s first ever SUV is based on the same modular aluminium platform that underpins both the XE and the new XF. However, Jaguar say that over 80% of the panels on the F-Pace are new, and that 80% of the body is now in aluminium. That has kept weight down, with benefits to everything from handling to fuel consumption.
Engines range from the basic 178bhp 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, through to a 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel and range-topping 375bhp supercharged petrol which has been lifted from the spectacular F-Type. (F-Type review here)
Standard equipment on basic Prestige models includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and a power bootlid. DAB radio, WiFi connectivity and sat-nav are also standard.Jaguar says the new F-Pace has been “engineered to satisfy the most stringent safety standards worldwide and provides exceptional levels of occupant and pedestrian protection”. The autonomous emergency braking system gets a pedestrian detection system as well as lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and an intelligent speed limiter.
The company has not yet decided on the local assembly of F-Pace which will be critical factor to keep the cost component in check. Jaguar F-Pace India launch would bring the British company a lot more numbers in the Indian market.