The F-Pace, which reaches local showrooms next month and starts at $74,340, follows hot on the heels of last year’s XE mid-size sedan. With both in place, Jaguar finally has products in the most popular luxury segment and the fastest growing.
Globally it is already reaping the benefits, with a 64 per cent leap in first-half sales helping the JLR group, which includes Land Rover, overtake Nissan’s operation in northeast England to become the largest automotive manufacturer in Britain.
The First Edition is the top-spec F-Pace. It gets a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, an S body kit and the sporty leather seats as in the R-Sport. The ambient lighting in the cabin is adjustable and it gets a Meridian sound system. The car also gets dual exhaust pipes like the R-Sport with larger tips and the brake calipers are painted red for a sportier image.
The Pure and the Prestige get the 2.0-litre Ingenium four cylinder diesel engines while the R-Sport and the First Edition will get the mightier 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel mill. The 2.0-litre diesel produces 177bhp of power and 430Nm of torque and comes mated to an eight-speed manual transmission. The 3.0-litre mill churns out 296bhp of power and a whopping 700Nm of torque making it one of the most powerful diesel SUVs.
If our sources are right and the 2017 F-Type inherits InControl Touch Pro, it would give Jaguar’s sports car a real boost in digital capability. It’s not cheap, however – in the F-Pace it’s a £1710 option.
Like the Coupé, pricing for the drop-top F-Type R isn’t expected to change much from the current model, which costs from £92,310. Again like the current car, it’ll be available in rear or four-wheel-drive form.