Premium car-makers are jumping on the SUV bandwagon. After BMW and Land Rover led the way, Porsche came up with the Cayenne and then the Macan. Now there’s Bentley, Maserati and Jaguar, which has just launched its F-Pace SUV and is confident it will be the marque’s most successful model.
This is one good-looking car — another great example of UK Automotive as it’s built in Solihull — with plenty of style echoes from the F-Type. Choice is between a 380PS supercharged three-litre petrol engine, a 300PS V6 diesel and Jaguar’s 180PS two-litre Ingenium four-cylinder diesel unit, which will be the most popular option.
Considering the F-Pace is an SUV, it’s built for the adventurer. The optional tow hitch is rated for 5290 pounds, which means it can tow your jetskis or a small boat. With the optional roof rails, you can throw any sort of luggage rack, surfboards, or maybe canoe on the roof safely.
Stuff investigates the tech Jaguar has equipped the F-Pace with, picking up three additions buyers should consider: the optional virtual instrument cluster, the 10.2ins central touchscreen and Jaguar’s Activity Key – a Fitbit-like strap worn around the wrist that could make the F-Pace “the perfect adventure car”. It can be used to lock and unlock the car, deactivating the normal key so drivers don’t have to worry about losing it on active days out.