Jaguar’s first ever SUV will be badged F-Pace when it arrives this time next year.
Jaguar has confirmed the name of its first ever SUV model, the F-Pace. The model, which is the production version of 2013's C-X17 SUV concept, will go on sale in the UK in 2016.
What is it?
The new car, nearly identical in size and looks to the C-X17 concept revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in 2013, is expected to become one of Jaguar’s two best-selling models, performing strongly in major markets like China and the US and rivalling the volume of the forthcoming XE compact saloon.
The launch of the F-Pace marks the first time the 80-year-old manufacturer has entered the SUV market. F-Pace’s styling was created in-house by design boss Ian Callum and his team at the beginning of 2013. It is a relatively long car for its compact billing, nearly 40cm longer than a Range Rover Evoque and about the same height.
What engines can I choose from?
Jaguar isn’t yet saying what engines the car will use, but the range seems certain to start with models powered by the soon-to-land Ingenium four-cylinder line-up, and to include engines up to the 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6 used in the F-type, with up to 250bhp available in some models.
How much equipment does it come with?
The C-X17 concept was very well equipped inside, and it's likely that Jaguar will fit the F-Pace with enough luxury kit to justify its high-end price tag.
How much will it cost?
Though official pricing has yet to be revealed, it's understood that entry-level F-Pace models will have a starting price of around £35,000, with top-end models costing around £50,000.
Can I get a discount?
That's a question to ask your dealer when the F-Pace becomes available in 2016 - but demand for a new Jaguar is likely to mean they are slight, at least initially.
How good are its rivals?
The F-Pace is aiming to take on the likes of the Porsche Macan and BMW X4, both very accomplished high-end SUVs in their own right. The Macan has a four-star rating on What Car? and offers plenty of performance for its price tag, while the four-star BMW X4 comes with a truly premium cabin.
Anything else I need to know?
The F-Pace is expected to keep much of the styling of the original C-X17 concept car, which measured 4.7 metres long and 1.65 metres high.
The F-Pace will become an important model for Jaguar, and is a a direct result of the company’s plan to spend more than £3.5 billion a year on product development over the next few years.
Alongside the new XE, the F-Pace will be crucial in taking Jaguar's sales volumes beyond 200,000 units per year. It will be built at Jaguar's Solihull factory.