The Jaguar F-Pace crossover has once again been previewed ahead of its proper world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show in September and Australian premiere in about 12 months.
Fresh from its stint as a support vehicle (in ‘prototype’ guise) for the Team Sky cycling team, the company’s first SUV can now been seen undergoing extreme durability testing.
No doubt Jaguar is sharing the gruelling testing procedures it has put the F-Pace through to pre-empt any queries about reliability. We’d note that Jaguar Land Rover generally performs extremely well in recent reliability surveys (see here and here).
The images you see of the pre-production Jaguar F-Pace show it undergoing testing in extreme cold, at JLR’s test site in northern Sweden, and countering searing desert heat and dust in Dubai.
At JLR’s test facility in Arjeplog in the north of Sweden, average winter temperatures rarely exceed -15-degrees and often plummet to -40-degrees.
The company has 60km of purpose-built handling tracks, mountain climbs, inclines, split-friction straights and off-road areas, which in part have been used to calibrate the F-Pace’s all-wheel-drive system.
In Dubai, ambient temperatures can exceed 50-degrees in the shade, and when vehicles are left out in direct sunlight, cabin temperatures can soar to 70-degrees. Jaguar reckons its climate control system and infotainment touchscreens function “perfectly” in these extremes.
“We developed the F-PACE to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar, together with exceptional levels of ability and composure on all surfaces and in all weathers,” said the F-Pace’s programme director Andrew Whyman.
“Just as we paid obsessive attention to detail over the engineering of every single component, we've exhaustively tested the F-PACE in the most challenging conditions to ensure that it will exceed the expectations of our customers around the world.”
The F-Pace’s engines can be expected to comprise JLR’s new range of ‘Ingenium’ four-cylinder petrols and diesels, while a supercharged V6 and a hybrid variant are also likely.
The F-Pace goes on sale from 2016, including in Australia where it is expected to launch around July. It will join the imminent new XE (due in August this year), the updated XJ limo at the end of the year, and the new XF due around March 2016.
These cars, as well as the recently expanded F-Type coupe and convertible line-up, represent a wholesale makeover of the Jaguar range in rapid time, thanks to the significant investment of Indian owner Tata (Jaguar remains based in the UK).