Jaguar’s first ever crossover will be performing its support vehicle duties this Saturday at the Tour de France Grand Depart in Utrecht. It will support Team Sky rider Chris Froome on the first of the 21 stages, during the individual time trial on a twisting route of 13.7 km. The vehicle’s job will be to carry the Team Sky Sports Director, doctor, mechanic and another senior team member inside the cabin while the trunk – which they say it’s the best in class – will hold spares for the bike, along with tools, clothing, drinks and energy gels.
Billed as the “ultimate practical sports car”, the 2016 Jaguar F-Pace is scheduled for a full reveal in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will go on sale at the beginning of next year. It will have roughly the same size as the C-X17 concept so expect an overall length of 4.72 meters and a 1.65-meter height.
The F-Pace will have a lot in common with the XE and the new XF as it will ride on the same Q[Al] platform so expect a lightweight construction and a range of frugal four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. There should also be an F-Pace S packing a larger 3.0-liter V6 engine and later during the car’s lifecycle it could gain an all-electric version with a range estimated at 483 km.
It will compete with the Porsche Macan and BMW X4 while Jaguar estimates this will become one of the company’s top-selling models. Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) could be working on a range-topping SVR version expected to make use of a supercharged V8 engine pushing out around 550 bhp, but it will not come out sooner than 2017.
Numerous prototypes have been caught on camera testing on the Nürburgring as Jaguar wants to make sure the F-Pace will become one of the most dynamic models in its segment.