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Jaguar F-Pace SVR review: don’t fear the leaper

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division hasn’t been backwards about coming forwards. Its opening salvo was the 2016 F-Type SVR, a bona fide British supercar to rival the Porsche 911 GT3. In 2018, SVO then followed up with something even more extreme. The XE SV Project 8 was a hand-built 600hp road racer that (vaguely) resembled an XE saloon. Until a few weeks ago, it was the fastest four-door around the Nürburgring – its 7min 18.3sec lap time besting a Ferrari 488 GTB.

Such cars generate copious column inches, but rarely do much for the bottom line. In today’s car market, the fast-track to fat profits is an SUV. Jaguar’s sister brand, Land Rover, has already launched several under the SVO banner, including the ultra-luxurious Range Rover SVAutobiography and armoured Range Rover Sentinel. However, it’s the Range Rover Sport SVR, which shares its 575hp V8 with the flagship F-Type, that is most closely related to the new Jaguar.

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In the F-Pace SVR, that same 5.0-litre supercharged engine has been detuned slightly to 550hp, although nobody – except perhaps your passengers – will complain about 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds and 176mph flat-out. The downside, inevitably, is a prodigious thirst for petrol. Jaguar quotes 23.7mpg, but I managed mid-teens during a week of mostly urban and motorway miles. Best commandeer the company fuel card.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Being large and conspicuously SUV-shaped, the F-Pace only delivers on the latter two parts of Jaguar’s classic ‘Grace, space and pace’ ad slogan. Nonetheless, it’s a handsome car that doesn’t shout about its sportiness. Many will overlook the SVR’s larger 21-inch alloys (optional 22s here), slash-cut air intakes and quad tailpipes, but its V8 soundtrack is impossible to ignore. It rumbles like rolling thunder, intensifying to a bestial snarl at high revs.

Inside, there are quilted race-style seats from the Range Rover Sport SVR, which look oddly out of place in a luxury SUV. Then you turn your head and realise Jaguar has given the rear chairs the same treatment. Quality feels a smidgen short of Audi or Mercedes-Benz and the touchscreen media system isn’t especially intuitive. On the plus side, there’s no shortage of space or standard equipment – as you’d hope for £75,335.

Minor quibbles melt away when you start driving, too. While BMW M Division boss Markus Flasch recently told CAR magazine “We didn’t want to do the M version of an X3, we wanted to do an M3 in an SUV appearance”, Jaguar has taken the opposite approach. This two-tonne family holdall isn’t trying to be an F-Type; instead, it brilliantly combines the easygoing comfort of an SUV with the brawn and bombast of a muscle car.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Enter the wilderness beyond the M25 and you’ll also find the chassis isn’t simply a supporting act. Select one of the sportier drive modes and SVR changes direction like something half its heft. It feels neutral and keenly balanced, with supple damping and direct, nuanced steering. Unlike some of its ilk, you never feel detached from the process of driving. As a vehicle for every occasion, even a slippery grass field or snow-covered track, it’s hard to beat.

So you should buy one, right? Well, maybe. If you like the lofty seating position and off-road ability of an SUV – and you can stomach the fuel bills – the F-Pace SVR is a slam-dunk. But if, like me, you prefer the dynamic advantages and less abrasive image of an estate car, the Mercedes-AMG E63 is equally practical and even more exciting. If only Jaguar would shoehorn that epic V8 into its XF Sportbrake wagon. Are you listening, Coventry?

Price: £75,335

0-62mph: 4.3 secs

Top speed: 176mph

CO2 G/KM: 272

MPG combined: 23.7

Jaguar F-Pace SVR: in pictures

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Jaguar XE

Jaguar moves XE production from Solihull to Castle Bromwich

Jaguar XEJaguar is moving production of its XE junior executive saloon from Solihull to Castle Bromwich to help boost volumes of the Solihull-built F-Pace SUV.

The Solihull ‘factory within a factory’ – a new Jaguar production facility built within the Land Rover Solihull plant’ – will now be used only to build the in-demand F-Pace SUV for Jaguar.

In moving the XE to Castle Bromwich, Jaguar will construct it alongside the larger XF executive saloon: the two cars use the same aluminium architecture so the process should be straightforward. To facilitate the move, Jaguar is investing an extra £100 million in Castle Bromwich.

It’s quite a turnaround for Castle Bromwich, which faced closure in 2008. Since then, Jaguar has invested heavily in it: £500 million has gone into it in the past two years alone.

Castle Bromwich currently builds the Jaguar XF plus the low-volume XJ and F-Type, and so is arguably underutilised. In contrast, the Solihull line builds the high-volume XE and ultra-successful F-Pace: it also, oddly, builds the Range Rover Sport on the same line, another in-demand machine.

Moving the XE to Castle Bromwich will fill capacity at the huge plant next to the M6 motorway, leaving Solihull to concentrate on the F-Pace – which has already become the fastest-selling Jaguar of all time.

So far this year, Jaguar sales are up 72%, to 85,726 – and in August, with the F-Pace fully on stream, they rocketed 104% to 10,868. The Jaguar XE was launched in the United States this summer.

Solihull will continue to operates 24/7, with three shifts running around the clock during weekdays.

Video: Jaguar XE at Castle Bromwich

Jaguar F-Pace Auto Express Car of the Year 2016

Jaguar F-Pace is Auto Express Car of the Year 2016

Jaguar F-Pace Auto Express Car of the Year 2016The Jaguar F-Pace has been declared Auto Express Car of the Year 2016 in yet another triumph for the smash-hit SUV. It is the third time Jaguar has been Auto Express Car of the Year in the Awards’ 21-year history.

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Auto Express also made the F-Pace its Compact SUV of the Year, while the Jaguar XE’s Compact Executive Car of the Year triumph made it a hat-trick of wins for the British brand at the Auto Express Awards.

It’s also the 47th award the XE has won.

Jaguar’s fastest-selling model ever, JLR UK MD Jeremy Hicks said the F-Pace’s win is the latest highlight in an “absolutely sensational” response to the new model.

“The team behind F-PACE was set on creating a car that was more desirable, great to drive, and better value than anything else in its class – we didn’t want to just be a part of the performance SUV market, we wanted to own it.

“This award is the proof that we’ve succeeded, and we intend to carry this momentum into all our future products.”

In somewhat opportune photoshoot, Jaguar also staged a photoshoot with British IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua; he’s currently driving an XJR but says he now rather fancies an F-Pace.

“Congratulations to the team on the Car of the Year title,” he said. “I love seeing Brits taking on the world and coming out on top.”

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

2016 Jaguar F-Pace review: right on pace

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)The new Jaguar F-Pace SUV would have caused controversy a decade or so back. Not today. The question has long been when will Jaguar make its first SUV, rather than should it make one at all. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the F-Pace finally arrived: now, ahead of deliveries beginning in the spring, we’re driving it for the first time.

Porsche Macan, watch out: engineers admit that, after being surprised by how impressive it was, they targeted benchmarking focus on it. They tried a BMW X4 too, but soon dismissed it; the Audi Q5 is another alternative, simply because it sells so well, rather than because the ageing five-seater is a particularly standout benchmark standard.

Gallery: 2016 Jaguar F-Pace

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Can an SUV be beautiful? The F-Pace gives it a good go. This is an Ian Callum triumph, despite him never having done one before. “It’s a Jaguar that’s an SUV,” he says, “rather than an SUV that’s a Jaguar. It’s a subtle but important difference.”

So we have a well-proportioned, well-formed machine with a sleek roofline, elegantly formed bodysides and beautifully sculpted rear haunches. It’s a tall SUV, but not a square and boxy one. The detailing is terrific, not least the power bulge in the bonnet and the F-Type rear lights.

Callum’s secret? They were struggling early on, he admits, until he told them to put more F-Type into it. The cues from Jaguar’s sports car are no accident – the thinking behind them is why the F-Pace is such a success. “We know F-Type so well,” said Callum, “and can genuinely say some of it has gone into F-Pace.”

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

Jaguar’s offering the F-Pace with a 180hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel that almost everyone will buy, plus a 300hp 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel and a 380hp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol for top-10% bragging rights. There’s a rear-drive entry-level machine for tax-conscious fleets; the rest will be all-wheel drive.

It’s derived from the same aluminium-intensive architecture already used by the acclaimed Jaguar XE and Jaguar XF. The building blocks are good – and Jaguar created this scalable platform with an SUV in mind. It’s no compromised saloon-derived machine, this.

Prices are what puts the cat amongst the pigeons. Well, sort of. They start at an impressive £34,170 for the fleet-friendly Prestige diesel, although they then build: £2k for AWD, £1,750 for the default automatic gearbox, £2,500 for the sporty R Sport trim Brits so love.

It means the 2.0D 180 AWD R Sport diesel that’s the core of the range costs £40,360. A Macan diesel starts at £46,182, but admittedly has a 258hp 3.0-litre V6 – Jaguar’s 300hp twin-turbo V6 diesel costs £51,450. But then, an Audi Q5 2.0 TDI 190 S line Plus quattro S tronic costs £39,595; the F-Pace is part price star, part on-market par.

Jaguar is confident the F-Pace will become its best-selling car ever. It’s almost as if the Jaguar revolution was warmed up with the XE and XF saloons it knows how to do so well, before the big bang of the Jaguar SUV was rolled out. Now, it’s here, and the stakes are high. Is this the car to make Jaguar firmly grab a share of the modern premium car sector?

On the road

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

Does a Jaguar SUV handle like a Jaguar or like an SUV? Pleasingly, the former. You step up high and look down upon the bonnet bulge (and normal saloons), and high sides with broad shoulders mean you’re not sure what to expect: but the great Jaguar driving dynamics we like so much in XE and XF are still present here.

A super-stiff structure and levels of lateral suspension stiffness measurably greater than the Macan give the F-Pace excellent fundamentals. It feels reassuringly like a solid, premium machine on the move. It’s also very precise, with the familiar Jaguar steering accuracy and ease of placement through bends (once you’re used to the quick steering gearing, that is).

The front axle is very strong and direct, encouraging you to lean on it without suffering squishy, lollopy body roll as a reward. The F-Pace flows as finely as all modern Jaguars, changing direction with little effort, sending back lots of reassuring road feel, generally feeling light on its feet. Steering doesn’t have any particular feel but it does weigh up in bends and the rear-biased AWD feels great when deploying heavy-foot torque out of bends.

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

Predictably, the fruity 380hp petrol V6 S is a lot of vocal, wailing fun: it is an F-Type engine, after all (the exhausts’ bark can be felt through the floorpan, for heaven’s sake!). The hushed 300hp twin-turbo V6 diesel is preferable though, with a cultured timbre and monumental torque. 516lb-ft from 2,000rpm makes light work of the diesel S’ chunky 1,884kg kerbweight.

The surprise engine is the 2.0D. in a good way. In the XE, this is too noisy and clattery. Here, it’s been silenced considerably. Jaguar’s taken away the gruff rattle, left the mechanical whine (generally nicer than the usual diesel drone) and, most importantly, made it far smoother and more cultured.

180hp and 1,775kg sounds a losing battle but 316lb-ft of pulling power flat from 1,750-2,500rpm does a better job of hauling it than you may expect (0-62mph takes 8.7 seconds) and, so long as you have 2,000rpm showing, the entry-level F-Pace diesel is perfectly fine. You will feel the mass (and have to wait a couple of seconds) if you ask for full beans at sub-2k rpm though…

The Montenegro launch roads were, in places, atrocious. Enter another F-Pace strength, ace ride quality. Long-travel suspension and expert spring and damper balance give it compliance without softness or wallow, meaning it can be thrown down scarily broken and undulating roads at a heck of a lick without fearing a crash, bang or stomach-churning lift.

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

Body control is superb and the F-Pace is unruffled by almost everything it’s thrown into. It even works on 22-inch wheels, amazingly: they’re the biggest-ever factory-fit mid-size SUV wheels and Jaguar pulls it off without turning the ride awful (although engineers will privately admit 20”s are optimum: we’ll do it publically).

A class act then, beyond its SUV payscale? Not quite. It’s not quite a Macan-beater and is best up to eight-tenths: push it more than this and you’ll feel the mass, sense the nose start to heave and the front end push. Brakes will also wilt when embracing its Jaguar-ness (no fade-free carbon ceramics here). Still, being more fun than a Q5, almost as good as a Macan and riding better than both of them isn’t bad, is it?

Just one proviso: all the launch cars were running on Adaptive Dynamics suspension, the adaptive dampers that are standard on S models, a cost option on the 2.0D. Will steel-sprung cars have such a broad spread of talents, such well-controlled body compliance over challenging roads? We’ll have to wait and see: our advice: tick the option box.

On the inside

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

The simple, neat F-Pace interior delivers the Ian Callum modern Jaguar look that the XF and, in particular, the XE somehow fail to. A high centre console makes it feel more coupe-like than its steup height suggests and the neat detail touches all blend in well.

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

The centrepiece is the InControl touchscreen infotainment. Typically, it’s at its most impressive in optional InControl Touch Pro guise, whose fast-acting widescreen functionality so impressed on the launch: even standard cars get navigation included though, albeit from SD card rather than the Pro’s ultra-fast SSD hard drive. Wi-Fi internet for passengers is also standard.

Normal F-Pace get the same cowled dials as an F-Type but even better is the electronic ‘virtual’ screen option, which even includes an Audi TT-style full-screen sat nav screen option. Choice R Sport cockpits have sports seats and steering wheel, leather-look dashboard and black roofliner.

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

All F-Pace have plenty of space for five. You read that right. In the rear, it’s broad, boasts ample headroom and abundant legroom. Goodness, it’s even fuss-free to step in and out of, with wide openings and Land Rover-style sill-covering panels that keep mud away from trousers. The rear bench is perhaps a bit flat, but hey: give rear occupants four-zone climate control and reclining rear seatbacks to compensate.

The boot is the biggest in the class. A massive tailgate (power operation is standard) reveals 650 litres of space (there’s more usable space than a BMW X5, claims Jaguar) that’s 1 metre wide and can carry loads 1.8 metres long. Jaguar decided from the very start to insist the F-Pace would be practical, and wouldn’t compromise on it: this shows.

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

Practicality extends to its SUV abilities. With greater wading depth (525mm) and ground clearance (213mm)than any rival, plus an arsenal of off-road electronics trickery that Land Rover would be (is?) proud of, the F-Pace will off road, and not just the soft road type.

Not only will it tow a 2.4-tonne braked horse trailer out of a muddy field, it will also safely drive up and down hillsides, crawl across rocky roads and even traverse mountainsides. That it does this while also handling with such precision – on the very same tyres – is quite remarkable.

Running costs

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

The F-Pace is a winner here, says Jaguar: it has the figures to prove it. One industry firm that works out whole life costs says the F-Pace will be £240 cheaper than a comparable Audi Q5 after three years and 60,000 miles. It will also be £3,107 cheaper than a BMW X4. And a whopping £10,734 cheaper than a Macan (and that’s despite the Porsche’s superb 53% retained value: the F-Pace is next-best on 50%).

Jaguar wants to attract fleets with this car and knows low cost of ownership is critical. That’s why there’s a tax-break model that emits 129g/km CO2 (and all key models have lower CO2 than direct rivals – a Q5 struggles to get below 150g/km), that’s why all models are so well equipped and have such a focus on practicality.

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

Half of all F-Pace customers will be coming from competitor SUVs and so being cheaper than the incumbents is clever. But the other half will come out of saloons, estates, crossovers and coupes: keeping the running costs hike under control here is vital. Almost across the board, from cheapest servicing bills to the lowest insurance group, the F-Pace promises competitive running costs.

The biggest running cost is fuel consumption. The best F-Pace diesel returns 57.7mpg; add AWD and it’s 54.3mpg, add an auto and it’s 53.3mpg. The peachy V6 diesel returns 47.1mpg and even the F-Type-engine’d 380hp V6 petrol isn’t bad on 31.7mpg.

Verdict

Jaguar F-Pace (2016)

Land Rover makes SUVs, Jaguar makes sports cars. Land Rover hasn’t stopped Jaguar making an SUV though, just so long as it doesn’t ‘do a Land Rover’. It doesn’t. Just as the Macan is a surprisingly authentic Porsche mid-size SUV, so too is the F-Pace.

It drives pleasingly well, almost as much fun as an XE or XF but with a huge amount of extra ability (and more comfort on give-or-take roads). The volume 2.0D engine is shown in the best light yet and both refinement and composure will make it a super car for high-mileage motorists. Only in extremes will the SUV compromises show up; most drivers will rarely experience them.

And, would you believe, it’s practical. The cabin is roomy, flexible, the boot’s voluminous, it’s easy to use and the whole interior has a premium solidity that’s better than any Jaguar before it. The kit count is decent and prices are on the money.

By Motoring Research star rating logic, it’s a five-star car: it’s the best car in its sector, the most appealing all round, and certainly the best looking. Jaguar’s biggest challenge now may be making enough of them, but what a nice problem to have.

2016 Jaguar F-Pace: 5 rivals

  1. Porsche Macan
  2. Audi Q5
  3. Mercedes-Benz GLC
  4. BMW X3
  5. BMW X4

2016 Jaguar F-Pace: specifications

  • Model tested: 2.0D 180 AWD R Sport
  • Engine: 2.0-litre I4 turbodiesel
  • Price: £40,360 (Prices from £34,170)
  • Power: 180hp
  • Torque: 317lb-ft
  • 0-62mph: 8.7secs
  • Top speed: 129mph
  • Fuel economy: 53.3mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 134g/km
Jaguar F-Pace First Edition

Jaguar F-Pace 'will be our best-selling car ever'

Jaguar F-Pace First EditionThe Jaguar F-Pace will become the firm’s best-selling vehicle ever, with 9 in 10 buyers coming from brands other than Jaguar and 1 in 3 of them being female.

With F-Pace buyers also being, on average, a decade younger than the Jaguar norm, the significant of the new Jaguar SUV is thus not to be underestimated.

2016 Jaguar F-Pace: first drive review

And this is why, admits chief designer Ian Callum, the firm hasn’t radically altered its design language for the F-Pace, instead keeping the family face already seen on the XE and XF. “This is the wrong point to change our design,” he said. “This will be the Jaguar people will relate to – people will start to recognise Jaguar because of this car.”

Brits are familiar with what a Jaguar looks like, he says, but global buyers may not be. A family face should be maintained to help improve brand recognition worldwide.

F-Pace to up the pace

Bosses are predicting a big uplift in global sales thanks to the F-Pace, which will be built alongside the XE in Jaguar’s new £500 million Solihull car plant. An extra £120 million was invested in the plant to build the F-Pace, which is on sale now with prices starting from £34,170.

The plant has an annual capacity of almost 170,000 vehicles, spread between XE, F-Pace and the Range Rover Sport also built on the same line: Jaguar chiefs admit production capacity could be an issue but vehicle line director Kevin Stride told us “it would be a nice problem to have”.

Early pre-orders bear out Jaguar boss’s confidence in the new F-Pace: they are already ahead of the smash-hit Range Rover Evoque at the same point ahead of launch, with more than 2,500 orders in the bag.

The Evoque has, of course, gone on to regularly sell more than 100,000 units a year. Could the F-Pace achieve the same highs for Jaguar? Now the first reviews are in, we’re betting the firm is now quietly confident it’s got a hit on its hands.

Where will Jaguar F-Pace buyers come from?

  • 9 in 10: from other brands
  • 50%: from SUVs
  • 15%: from saloons
  • 15%: from hatchbacks
  • 15%: from MPVs
  • 5%: from coupes and convertibles
Jaguar F-Pace First Edition

Jaguar F-Pace ‘will be our best-selling car ever’

Jaguar F-Pace First EditionThe Jaguar F-Pace will become the firm’s best-selling vehicle ever, with 9 in 10 buyers coming from brands other than Jaguar and 1 in 3 of them being female.

With F-Pace buyers also being, on average, a decade younger than the Jaguar norm, the significant of the new Jaguar SUV is thus not to be underestimated.

2016 Jaguar F-Pace: first drive review

And this is why, admits chief designer Ian Callum, the firm hasn’t radically altered its design language for the F-Pace, instead keeping the family face already seen on the XE and XF. “This is the wrong point to change our design,” he said. “This will be the Jaguar people will relate to – people will start to recognise Jaguar because of this car.”

Brits are familiar with what a Jaguar looks like, he says, but global buyers may not be. A family face should be maintained to help improve brand recognition worldwide.

F-Pace to up the pace

Bosses are predicting a big uplift in global sales thanks to the F-Pace, which will be built alongside the XE in Jaguar’s new £500 million Solihull car plant. An extra £120 million was invested in the plant to build the F-Pace, which is on sale now with prices starting from £34,170.

The plant has an annual capacity of almost 170,000 vehicles, spread between XE, F-Pace and the Range Rover Sport also built on the same line: Jaguar chiefs admit production capacity could be an issue but vehicle line director Kevin Stride told us “it would be a nice problem to have”.

Early pre-orders bear out Jaguar boss’s confidence in the new F-Pace: they are already ahead of the smash-hit Range Rover Evoque at the same point ahead of launch, with more than 2,500 orders in the bag.

The Evoque has, of course, gone on to regularly sell more than 100,000 units a year. Could the F-Pace achieve the same highs for Jaguar? Now the first reviews are in, we’re betting the firm is now quietly confident it’s got a hit on its hands.

Where will Jaguar F-Pace buyers come from?

  • 9 in 10: from other brands
  • 50%: from SUVs
  • 15%: from saloons
  • 15%: from hatchbacks
  • 15%: from MPVs
  • 5%: from coupes and convertibles
Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar: ‘the F-Pace is our Evoque’

Jaguar F-PaceJaguar F-Pace programme director Andy Whyman believes the new SUV will be as transformational for the firm as the Range Rover Evoque has been for Land Rover.

“The ingredients are there,” he said at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. “The vision has been clear from the start and it’s a logical new car for us in a fast-growing segment.”

The Evoque heralded the start of the current boom in Land Rover sales and even today, five years after launch, the factory is still operating around the clock to build more than 100,000 units a year.

Jaguar, which last year sold 81,570 cars, feels the F-Pace will deliver a proportionally similar lift – and will mean the entire brand should no longer outsold by the smash-hit Range Rover Evoque.

No crossover with Land Rover

Whyman says there was never any concern that the first-ever Jaguar SUV would step on the toes of Land Rover.

“Both brands are very different and are positioned separately: our research shows there’s likely to be little cross-shopping between the F-Pace and Land Rover models.

“It’s first and foremost a Jaguar: it handles like a Jaguar, has sports car proportions and, while it can tackle mixed-road conditions, is a road-biased vehicle.

“It’s obvious to customers that the Jaguar and Land Rover brands are different: we don’t expect Range Rover Sport customers to start looking at F-Pace.”

Whyman also said the firm is comfortable with its first SUV. “It is natural to us – we don’t think of it as an SUV: it ‘feels’ like a Jaguar.”

Jaguar F-Pace 2015

Frankfurt exclusive: Jaguar has 'thrown away the pipe and slippers' with F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace 2015With the launch of the F-Pace SUV, Jaguar has “finally ditched its slippers and pipe image,” says the firm’s brand director Steven de Ploey.

While the firm is proud of its heritage, and will continue to draw upon it, the brand’s future is in attracting more younger, female and connected customers – and the F-Pace is a key part of that strategy.

9 in 10 buyers of Jaguar’s first-ever crossover SUV are going to be new to the brand, said de Ploey, and it’s going to draw customers from buyers of rivals including the Porsche Macan, Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

“The F-Pace is THE champion for the Jaguar brand with conquest customers,” he said: it is this car that the firm hopes will reinvigorate the Jaguar brand with people who previously have not even considered it.

A lot is riding on it: the medium SUV sector will grow from 850,000 sales in 2014/15 to over 1.2 million by 2020/21 – that’s 40% growth.

“This will take Jaguar’s accessible market from three million potential customers to four million” – a huge increase that shows that, of all the new cars Jaguar is launching at the moment, the F-Pace is the most important.

Watch it, Porsche Macan

Jaguar makes no secret of its desire to challenge the Porsche Macan. Jaguar engineers believe the Porsche is easily the best vehicle in the sector to drive, and admire its engineering – but believe they have a car its equal in the F-Pace.

Key engineering details have been compared with the Porsche: the F-Pace S is as fast as a Macan S to 60mph; front lateral suspension stiffness is 50% better than the Porsche; it’s also 35% more compliant over bumps than the Porsche.

Practicality of the five-seater F-Pace hasn’t been overlooked. With boot space the equal of a BMW X5 and 220 litres better than Bentley’s new Bentayga SUV, Jaguar reckons the F-Pace has all the fundamentals in place to succeed.

“It is a no compromise performance crossover,” said de Ploey, “or, as we prefer, the ultimate crossover sportscar.

“The F-Pace is a game-changing car for Jaguar: it will forever change the perception of the brand.”

Jaguar F-Pace 2015

Frankfurt exclusive: Jaguar has ‘thrown away the pipe and slippers’ with F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace 2015With the launch of the F-Pace SUV, Jaguar has “finally ditched its slippers and pipe image,” says the firm’s brand director Steven de Ploey.

While the firm is proud of its heritage, and will continue to draw upon it, the brand’s future is in attracting more younger, female and connected customers – and the F-Pace is a key part of that strategy.

9 in 10 buyers of Jaguar’s first-ever crossover SUV are going to be new to the brand, said de Ploey, and it’s going to draw customers from buyers of rivals including the Porsche Macan, Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

“The F-Pace is THE champion for the Jaguar brand with conquest customers,” he said: it is this car that the firm hopes will reinvigorate the Jaguar brand with people who previously have not even considered it.

A lot is riding on it: the medium SUV sector will grow from 850,000 sales in 2014/15 to over 1.2 million by 2020/21 – that’s 40% growth.

“This will take Jaguar’s accessible market from three million potential customers to four million” – a huge increase that shows that, of all the new cars Jaguar is launching at the moment, the F-Pace is the most important.

Watch it, Porsche Macan

Jaguar makes no secret of its desire to challenge the Porsche Macan. Jaguar engineers believe the Porsche is easily the best vehicle in the sector to drive, and admire its engineering – but believe they have a car its equal in the F-Pace.

Key engineering details have been compared with the Porsche: the F-Pace S is as fast as a Macan S to 60mph; front lateral suspension stiffness is 50% better than the Porsche; it’s also 35% more compliant over bumps than the Porsche.

Practicality of the five-seater F-Pace hasn’t been overlooked. With boot space the equal of a BMW X5 and 220 litres better than Bentley’s new Bentayga SUV, Jaguar reckons the F-Pace has all the fundamentals in place to succeed.

“It is a no compromise performance crossover,” said de Ploey, “or, as we prefer, the ultimate crossover sportscar.

“The F-Pace is a game-changing car for Jaguar: it will forever change the perception of the brand.”

Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace SUV revealed: Jaguar has made a 4×4!

Jaguar F-PaceJaguar has revealed the new F-Pace SUV on the eve of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Its first 4×4, the sporty-looking new ‘performance crossover’ goes on sale in 2016 priced from £34,170.

Jaguar F-Pace SUV revealed in World Record stunt

The new Jaguar F-Pace is a sporty five-seat crossover that has one car in its sights – the Porsche Macan. Jaguar says the standard-setting Porsche is the best car in this sector for driving dynamics – and is the one it’s focused on beating…

Jaguar F-Pace

Built in Britain at Jaguar’s Solihull plant, the F-Pace is targeted with bringing a whole new sector of customer to the Jaguar brand. 4 in 5 buyers will be new to the brand and, of all the firm’s new cars, it’s the F-Pace that will “forever change perceptions of the brand”.

The idea of designing an SUV, admits Jaguar design director Ian Callum, was something “I never dreamt of doing”. Jaguar, after all, owns Land Rover, which only makes… SUVs. However, the market now demands SUVs in all shapes and guises – so Jaguar had to respond.

The Jaguar F-Pace is thus designed as a performance crossover SUV, one that takes direct influences from the Jaguar F-Pace (hence the name).

Unlike Land Rovers, you’ll rarely see F-Pace off-road; but you will, hopes the brand, see them in high streets across the world – the medium-sized SUV sector the F-Pace competes in is set to grow 50% between now and 2020…

F-Pace: concept car to production

Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar F-Pace is the production version of Jaguar’s stunning C-X17 concept car, revealed two years ago at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. This was the first clear signal that the brand wanted to make an SUV…

Jaguar F-Pace

Since C-X17, Jaguar’s been working hard to productionise it, says Callum. “Every millimetre has changed since the concept – but not so you’d notice.” Can you tell the difference?

“The F-Pace is true to the spirit of Jaguar,” says designer Callum. “It has elegance, a sense of speed and motion that most SUVs don’t have.” Size-wise, it’s similar to the Porsche Macan, and will also compete with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Callum uses descriptions such as strong proportions, sweeping rooflines and strong haunches to describe the F-Pace. “I could be talking about the F-Type, and this is no coincidence – there’s a lot of that car in the F-Pace.”

The tail lights are similar to the Jaguar F-Pace – which, said Callum, are influenced by the E-Type. Most won’t realise this but “I know where it came from,” he said…

It’s a five-seat SUV – you wouldn’t be able to get that sweeping roofline if it was a seven-seater. Jaguar has no plans to make a seven-seat version: it’ll leave that market to Land Rover.

Callum’s given the F-Pace a simple look inside, in contrast to the ‘fussy’ interiors of some rivals. Once cool feature is the illuminated smartphone holders on the centre console – after all, says Callum, who wants to store smartphones in cupholders…

Jaguar says the F-Pace has the world’s most advanced infotainment system, with more computer processing power than a Boeing 777. It’s called InControl Touch Pro and uses a 100GB SSD, Ethernet networking and a quad core processor.

The F-Pace even debuts a new piece of wearable Jaguar technology – the Activity Key. This is a waterproof band you can wear when swimming, that unlocks the car instead of a key. It’s a Jaguar first.

It’s built on Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture also used by the new XE and XF. It has double wishbone front suspension and Integral Link rear suspension that are sold in three grades – two of them the same as on the sporty F-Type.

Most F-Pace will likely be sold with the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, offered in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive guise. It also offers a V6 turbo diesel and the two V6 engines taken straight from the F-Pace – it currently thus produces up to 380hp, for 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds. Watch out, Macan…

The Jaguar F-Pace will cost from £34,170: that will buy you a 180hp 2.0-litre Ingenium turbodiesel with a manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive.

Deliveries of the Jaguar F-Pace will begin in 2016, although the firm says customers can head over to its website right now to start configurating the car.

The F-Pace will be sold in familiar Jaguar trim lines: Prestige (from £34,170), R-Sport (from £36,670), Portfolio (from £39,170) and the sporty S (from £51,450).

Jaguar has an extra range-topping model for the launch of the F-Pace, called First Edition. This has extras such as mighty 22-inch alloys, Windsor leather seats, LED headlights and a panoramic roof. It costs from £65,275.

Keep coming back more images and keep coming back for more news of the new Jaguar F-Pace SUV as the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show gets underway.