The crossover SUV market is on fire and Jaguar is getting ready to fan the flames with its very first sport crossover SUV.
It’s dubbed the F-Pace and Jaguar says it will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this coming September. It’s a fitting show for the big reveal, since the production version is based on the C-X17 Concept (pictured above) that was first unveiled in Frankfurt two years ago. Jaguar’s Design Director Ian Callum says response to the concept was so positive, they had to move forward with a production version. But it hasn’t been a short ride.
“This was our first crossover design and, yes, it was hard,” admitted Jaguar design director Ian Callum, according to quotes published by British website Autocar. “We found the initial results quite difficult and disappointing. But I reckon we cracked it in the end.”
Details are few and far between, but we do know the F-Pace is being built with input from Jaguar’s sister-company Land Rover. The F-Pace is reportedly more than 15 inches longer than a Range Rover Evoque, with similar seating. It will reportedly have more of an on-road focus, rather than off-road ruggedness. On the outside, it will borrow heavily from the C-X17 concept’s exterior, but the inside is a different story. It’s not expected to look quite as futuristic as the concept SUV.
Jaguar’s website says it will showcase the automaker’s all-new intelligent aluminum architecture which will shed weight, much like Jaguar’s recently unveiled XF Sedan does. It made its global motor show debut in New York last week.
Under the hood, we can likely expect lower range models to also get Jaguar’s new family of Ingenium petrol and diesel four-cylinder powerplants with a supercharged V6. Range toppers could get a supercharged V8. The F-Pace is reportedly more than 15 inches longer than a Range Rover Evoque, with similar seating.
Callum says, “We designed the C-X17 from the ground up from a distinct set of principles, a deep sense of what makes a Jaguar car: exciting proportions, clean lines, balance of form. Assertive and powerful, yet with a beautiful sensuality about it, the C-X17 is boldly, distinctively Jaguar.”
The F-Pace is expected to go on sale in 2016 and price point wise is expected to go up against the Porsche Macan and BMW X4, and that means it’ll start at around $50,000. The Porsche Macan is selling like hotcakes in the U.S. and Porsche just announced it is allocating more SUVs to the States to cut down on waiting lists.