From the searing heat and dust of Dubai to the ice and snow of Northern Sweden, Jaguar says it’s tested the SUVs limit in some of the most demanding hot and cold environments on earth. We’re talking temps of -40°F to 122°F.
“We developed the F-PACE to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar car, together with new levels of ability and composure on a variety of surfaces and weather conditions. Just as we paid obsessive attention to detail over the engineering of every single component, we’ve exhaustively tested the F-PACE in the most challenging conditions to ensure that it will exceed the expectations of our customers around the world,” said, Andrew Whyman, Vehicle Program Director, Jaguar F-PACE.
At the Jaguar Land Rover test facility in Arjeplog, Northern Sweden, average winter temperatures rarely exceed 5°F and often plummet to -40°F. The 37.3 miles of purpose-built handling tracks, mountain climbs, inclines, split-friction straights and off-road areas are ideal for optimizing the calibration of the all-wheel drive system, Dynamic Stability Control and technologies such as the revolutionary Jaguar All-Surface Progress Control. The work done here makes sure that, whether on asphalt, snow or ice, the F-PACE delivers the connected steering feel and agility fundamental to Jaguar dynamics DNA.
In Dubai, ambient temperatures can exceed 122°F in the shade. When vehicles are left out in direct sunlight, cabin temperatures can soar to 158°F, exactly what’s needed to ensure that everything from climate control systems to infotainment touch screens function perfectly in extremes of heat and humidity. In addition to hot weather highway driving, the cooling system of the F-PACE has been further tested under very high load by driving the vehicle in city traffic where the vehicle experienced a combination of high ambient temperatures and low airflow.
Incorporating hot and cold weather testing environments with a variety of new and unique surfaces, Jaguar has paid special attention to help make the F-PACE a benchmark in the performance crossover segment. For the first time in a Jaguar development program, the F-PACE has also been driven over graveled mountain passes as part of its validation tests.
Following this testing and development, the F-PACE will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with North American sales beginning in mid-2016.