Jaguar, the famed British automaker, has leapt into the crossover arena with its all-new 2017 F-PACE – a fresh-sheet design that showcases nearly a century of practical experience building and racing luxury sedans and sports cars.
If you’re one of the few nevertheless flummoxed by the concept of a Jaguar SUV, get over it. Any luxury brand paying attention has been watching the accomplishment of the Porsche Cayenne, coupled with market trends favoring crossovers and SUVs in the U.S., and arrived at the same conclusion: Build an SUV or die.
We know what you’re thinking, and we tend to agree: The planet likely does not require a different crossover. But premium European automakers preserve building them because people today keep acquiring them. Before we even got behind the wheel of the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace, we knew that it could be Jaguar’s best-selling model by year’s end. Now that we’ve driven the brand’s first crossover, it is apparent that there is a lot more to the F-Pace than future sales success. This is a actual Jaguar.
2017 Jaguar F-Pace Design
It’s the first SUV from Jaguar ever, but can the F-Pace place fantastic road manners at the leading of its priorities-and make itself what Jaguar calls its most valuable sports car?
It all starts with styling. The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace may well have an awkward name, but there’s practically nothing awkward about the way it appears. It’s a handsome SUV that fits right in with the new XF and XE sedans.
The sleek sideview is pure crossover, but the particulars are pure Jaguar. The F-Pace includes a tall mesh grille and signature LED lighting, (full-LED headlights are available)–it’s all arranged on a taller plane.
Lengthy vents pierce the front fenders, and the side windows are steeply tapered. At the back there’s a half-circle taillight that echoes the round light pipes on the XE and F-Type.
Jaguar officials tell me their new baby is “closest in personality” to BMW’s X4 and Porsche’s Macan, but its 186.3-inch length, 76.2-inch width and 113.1-inch wheelbase means it really is slightly longer and wider than these vehicles. With its larger-than-average interior, the F-Pace arguably straddles crossover segments, and its performance matches up surprisingly well with lower-end examples of bigger, costlier SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne and in some cases the Maserati Levante.
2017 Jaguar F-Pace Price and Engines
The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace begins at $41,985. In an uncommon move for the U.S. market, it comes having a four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. Problems is, that model isn’t out yet, and in this country, what the hell is a diesel Jag? Rather, we chose Jaguar’s mainstay engine: a smooth, potent 3.0-liter supercharged gasoline V-6 that puts out 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. We dismissed the 380-hp S for two reasons: 1) It comes with beautiful 22-inch wheels, but we’d destroy them in a matter of days; and 2) the S interiors, even as two-tones, are as dark as a coffin. Apart from, the two V-6 engines have virtually identical power and torque curves till they approach redline, which means that additional 40 horsepower is negligible in ordinary driving.