Jaguar is detailing some of the features of its new F-Pace crossover before its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The F-Pace is the automaker’s first crossover SUV and the automaker says it isn’t cutting any corners.
“We haven’t made any compromises or exceptions: the new F-Pace had to be a true Jaguar and had to deliver the dynamics DNA. We’ve tested ride and handling to the limit, and the result is that the new F-Pace is as engaging and rewarding as it is comfortable and quiet. As soon as you get into the vehicle you know immediately that it’s a good place to be,” says Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar.
The dynamics begin with a unique double wishbone front suspension matched to an Integral Link rear suspension that allows for maximum handling control no matter what the road or weather throw your way.
The all-new F-Pace uses a chassis system based off the same system used in the brands F-Type sportster. The F-Type also inspired the electric power-assisted steering system (EPAS), which is designed to give drivers more control with better handling feedback than that experienced with hydraulic systems. EPAS allows for the F-Pace to respond immediately to driver input with each point of contact between the steering wheel and tires carefully patched and tuned for a feeling of connectedness.
The automaker also details that the crossover will borrow the F-Type’s torque vectoring by braking technology system and the torque on-demand with all-wheel drive system, which allows the F-Pace to tap into the F-Type’s sporty agility. Jaguar also uses its Lightweight Aluminum Architecture in the F-Pace to create both a stiff and a quiet body structure.
The new F-Pace will fall into a new growing class of crossover luxury SUVs. It will face a stiff competition that includes the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus RX, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and Porsche Macan.
The F-Pace goes on sale in 2016 and pricing should be available soon.