Several days ago, Jaguar announced plans to provide an F-Pace prototype as a support vehicle from Team Sky rider Chris Froome and last weekend it received its world debut at the opening stage of Tour de France 2015 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Jaguar’s first ever crossover was used for the Grand Depart on a 13.7 km twisting route and its role was to carry Team Sky’s sport director, a senior team member, mechanic and doctor while the trunk held bike spares, drinks, clothes and the much needed energy gels.
Rather than featuring a full body camouflage, Jaguar went for a special livery inspired by the Tour de France and road racing bikes and they also fitted a quick-release bike racking solution created by SVO with a telescopic clamp enabling an easier access to the bikes. During the inaugural stage, it carried two of Team Sky’s Pinarello Bolide Time Trial bikes.
One of the most important new Jaguar models in recent years, the F-Pace will be an evolution of the C-X17 concepts and will use the same aluminum-intensive lightweight platform as the new XE compact and XF mid-size sedans. In addition, it will borrow the same array of four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines which are not only powerful, but also frugal as well.
For those who want a little more punch, Jaguar is working on an F-Pace S likely to be available from day one with a supercharged V6 3.0-liter engine developing no less than 340 bhp while later on during the car’s life cycle there is going to be a SVO-prepared F-Pace SVR likely utilizing a larger supercharged V8 with as much as 550 bhp.
Billed as a “family sports car”, the Jaguar F-Pace will compete with the Porsche Macan and will be introduced in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales to start shortly thereafter. A launch in India will likely take place sometime next year.