It was a very long journey to production but the F-Pace is finally here and as expected it carries over most of the design cues implemented in the C-X17 concept that was shown a couple of years ago. While the name “F-Pace” has been criticized for being a bit peculiar, it’s really hard to find something wrong with the car’s styling as this is one of the most appealing models in its segment.
It uses the same lightweight aluminum-intensive architecture as the Jaguar XE and XF which has enabled the base model to tip the scales at a relatively low 1,665 kg. The vehicle is 4,731 mm long and boasts a 2,874 mm wheelbase while the trunk’s capacity stands at a rather impressive 650 liters, an excellent number for a high-performance crossover.
As far as the engines are concerned, the F-Pace will be offered with a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbodiesel developing 180 bhp sent to the rear wheels or to an all-wheel drive system. The RWD model can be had with a manual gearbox whereas the all-paw version gets an automatic transmission. Up next is a larger six-cylinder 3.0-liter diesel with 300 bhp that comes only in an AWD automatic flavor while the 3.0-liter gasoline engine comes only in automatic AWD guise and has 340 bhp and 380 bhp in the F-Pace S which hits 96 kmph in 5.1 seconds and has a 250 kmph electronically limited top speed.
Moving inside the cabin, there’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a quad core-powered 10.2-inch infotainment system and enough room for five people sitting in “absolute comfort” as Jaguar says the F-Pace provides a lot of knee and head room.
Production of the model will take place at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull factory in UK where they also make the XE sedan. It will be available initially in the following trim levels: Pure, Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport, S and there’s also going to be a First Edition. It should start reaching dealerships in India sometime next year at a yet undisclosed price tag.