2016 Jaguar F-Pace – Jaguar’s design director explains the F-Pace name, the challenges of creating crossover and how it was almost called X-Type.
For those who are not sure about the “Pace” part of the name of the model, they should be reminded that one of William Lyons’ maxims about the car brand he founded said that all Jaguar models had “grace, rhythm and space” to also meet some of the upcoming SUV. As expected, the SUV styling is inspired by the C-X17 line of concept cars that were presented again in 2013. “We have such an overwhelmingly positive response to the 2014 C-X17 concept car last year that we had make it easy reality. Jaguar F-PACE, inspired by the F-TYPE, a judged perfect balance of style, performance and functionality. it offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, very nice with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury merged interior. The F-PACE is our family sports car. “said Ian Callum, Design Director of Jaguar.
As far as the 2016 Jaguar F-Pace’s architecture is concerned, it seems that the aluminum-intensive platform found in the recently unveiled Jaguar XE Jaguar XE will be thoroughly reworked to accommodate an SUV body. In other words, the new Ingenium family of engines will largely be responsible of moving the F-Pace as well, with the car also expected to receive an R version to battle the upcoming BMW X3 M and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, two yet-to-be-revealed variants of the car’s biggest rivals.
Despite being unveiled over two years after the original C-X17 concept car, it is expected that the production F-Pace will be quasi-identical in terms of its exterior shape, with the only major differences residing in the size of its standard wheels and slightly restyled headlights and taillights. We say this because most of the design motifs introduced by the C-X17 Concept can already be found on production models like the XE and XF facelift, not to mention the very similar F-Type taillights.
The front is typically modern Jaguar, with a somewhat oval engine grille being flanked by two snake-eye-like headlights, while the front bumper is incorporated into the design of the entire front end. The side view is very agile looking, making the SUV appear more like a sporty compact on stilts or a so-called “five-door-coupe”. Very few creases disturb the clean aspect, with the only major exception being a pair of side gills that continue over the front doors and are somewhat Aston Martin-like. The rear is not unlike a Shooting Brake variant of the hot F-Type Coupe, which can be anything but ugly.
Unlike most of the design lines found on the exterior of the C-X17 Concept, it is safe to say that not many of its interior features will be transplanted to the production Jaguar F-Pace . With that being said, since the model will use most of the underpinnings from the lightweight XE sedan, some of its interior features may end up on the F-Pace as well. Even though the first C-X17 concept provided room strictly for four passengers, all the other prototypes that followed came with a rear bench and a capacity for five passengers, as it is expected from the production variant as well.
Since the upcoming 2016 Jaguar F-Pace will be based on a re-worked variant of the modular and aluminum-intensive architecture found on the recently-launched XE sedan, the SUV will have a very small footprint in terms of weight. Most variants should weigh well under two tons, with only the diesel four-cylinders and the gasoline six-cylinders getting a bit closer to that number. Speaking of which, the Jaguar F-Pace is projected to also borrow the entire engine lineup from the XE sedan, the only exception being a yet-to-be-confirmed R variant.
This means that the engine range will start with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, diesel engine with 163 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while the top-of-the-range F-Pace S variant should be powered by a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 with 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. No V-8 engines are projected as of January 2005, but an F-Pace R variant shouldn’t be out of the question in the future, as most of its competitors will also benefit from sports versions.
Since this is Jaguar’s first-ever SUV, there are no previous generations to compare it with in terms of pricing, but we have a hunch that it will start at a bit more than the recently launched XE sedan, which would put the 2016 Jaguar F-Pace in the same price range as its main rivals, It’ll likely fall between $38,000 and $50,000.
Set to be introduced a bit earlier than the 2016 Jaguar F-Pace and essentially being a second generation of the GLK, the 2016 Mercedes -Benz GLC is also based on a modular sedan architecture that uses plenty of aluminum parts. Using quite a lot of bits and pieces from the latest C-Class, the GLC will be the only SUV in its segment to also offer an electronically-controlled pneumatic suspension as an option, along with an assortment of four, six and even eight-cylinder engines.
Its C-Class connection will allow it to also feature a heads-up display system and a near-identical center console that should prove to be a class above in quality compared with the one from the Jaguar F-Pace. Despite its aluminum-intensive architecture, the overall weight should be a tad higher than on the Jaguar, as will its pricing range.