Revealed in September after months of revealing spy photos and barely disguised preview cars, the F-Pace enters the Jaguar range as the British brand’s first-ever SUV.
The F-Pace has been looked upon as something of a Porsche Macan rival, thanks in part to its sporting profile and Jaguar’s emphasis on performance and dynamics when talking up its new SUV in the press.
In Australia, Jaguar’s new SUV will open at a point $17,560 below the Macan - but, with Porsche steering clear of the same four-cylinder entry point, the $84,590 220kW/700Nm 3.0-litre diesel F-Pace 30d is the more direct rival to the entry-level $91,900 190kW/580Nm 3.0-litre Macan S diesel.
Other rivals to the F-Pace include but aren’t limited to the BMW X4 (starting at $71,100 plus on-road costs) and its X3 sibling ($62,200), the Audi Q5 ($63,210), the new Mercedes-Benz GLC ($64,500) and the Lexus NX ($52,500).
The F-Pace debuted at the Frankfurt motor show with three powertrains, including a 2.0-litre diesel option at the entry end, along with more powerful 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel and petrol options. Australian buyers will be offered all of those choices.
Those shopping at the entry end of the F-Pace range will be pointed to the 20d Prestige and R-Sport models, powered by the same 132kW/430Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel offered with the new Jaguar XE sedan.
Those with deeper pockets and a thirst for more power can step up into either the 220kW/700Nm 30d 3.0-litre diesel models that begin at $84,590 plus on-road costs, or the 250kW/450Nm 35t petrol models that start at $84,030 plus on-roads.
The hero of the ongoing range, in price and power if not in torque, is the $103,420 280kW/450Nm F-Pace S - although a special First Edition model will also be offered from launch, priced at $120,700 (see details below).
All models are matched to a ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission and torque-on-demand all-wheel drive.
For those keen to exploit the ‘Pace’ end of the new SUV’s name, the 280kW S model lists a 0-100km/h time of just 5.5 seconds. Stepping down to the 250kW options doesn’t dent the potential much, however, with a 5.8-second run promised.
The 3.0-litre diesel six is likewise swift, claiming a 0-100km/h time of 6.2 seconds.
The slowest offering, of course, is the 2.0-litre diesel, with an 8.7-second claimed 0-100km/h time.
Local fuel figures are still to be confirmed, but numbers declared at the F-Pace’s unveiling are 5.3L/100km for the 20d, 6.0L/100km for the 30d, and 8.9L/100km for the 35t and petrol S.
Dimensions and capacity
The F-Pace measures 4731mm long and rides on a 2874mm wheelbase, making it 59mm longer than its platform-mate the XE but with a 12mm shorter wheelbase.
Despite the tighter wheelbase, Jaguar claims “class leading” knee-room, while its 650-litre rear storage space (seats up) comfortably betters the 500 litres of the Porsche Macan and BMW X4, the 540 litres of the Audi Q5 and the 550 litres of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC.
Available in 20d, 30d and 35t forms
19-inch Fan 5 Spoke – Silver Alloy Wheels
Radiator Grille - Grained Black with Chrome surround
Torque Vectoring by Braking
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
Lane Departure Warning
All Surface Progress Control (ASPC)
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Headlights - Bi-function Xenon with LED 'J' blade Daytime Running Lights & automatic levelling
Taurus Leather Seats
10x10 Electric front seats with Memory
4-way Electric Lumbar Adjust
Split fold rear seat - 40:20:40
Manually adjustable steering column
Analogue dials with 5-inch Full Colour TFT display
Meridian Sound System - 380W, 11 speakers
InControl Touch (SD) Navigation - with 8-inch touchscreen
Jaguar Smart Key System - Keyless starting
Rear Parking Aid & Front Parking Aid
Rear View Camera
Spare Wheel - Space Saver
R-Sport (in addition to Prestige)
Available in 20d, 30d and 35t
19-inch Bionic 5 Twin Spoke - Grey & Diamond Turned finish Alloy Wheels
Radiator Grille - Grained Black with Satin Chrome surround
Gloss Black side window surround
R-Sport front bumper
R-Sport rear bumper with corners in body colour
Body-coloured R-Sport door claddings with Satin Black finishers
Side power vents - Satin Chrome with R-Sport badge
Perforated Taurus Leather Sport seats with Contrast Double Stitching
Cuir Grain wrapped instrument panel topper with contrast stitching
Tread plate - Metal - with R-Sport branding
R-Sport branded Multi-Function Softgrain Leather steering wheel
Configurable Dynamics (Includes settings for: Throttle response, Steering response, Gear shifts)
Portfolio (in addition to Prestige)
Available in 30d and 35t
19-inch Razor 7 twin Spoke Alloy Wheels
Perforated Windsor Leather seats with Tonal Double Stitching
Windsor Leather door trim
Front headrests with Jaguar Leaper embossing
Veneer - Gloss Figured Ebony
Interior mood lighting
Radiator Grille - Gloss Black with Chrome surround
S (in addition to Prestige)
Available in 3.0d and 3.0V6 SC (280kW)
20-inch Blade 5 Spoke - Grey and Diamond Turned finish Alloy Wheels
Red Brake Calipers
Radiator Grille - Gloss Black with Satin Chrome surround
Side window surround - Gloss Black
S front bumper
Body-coloured S door claddings with Satin Chrome finishers
S rear bumper with Gloss Black finish and Satin Chrome diffuser
Taurus Leather and Suedecloth Sport seats with Contrast Double Stitching
Trim finisher - Meshed Aluminium
Front headrests with S branded embossing
Tread plate- Metal - with S branding
Bright Sport pedals
Headlining – Suedecloth
Satin Chrome gearshift paddles
FIRST EDITION (in addition to S)
Available in 3.0d and 3.0V6 SC (280kW)
22-inch Double Helix 15 Spoke - Grey Finish and Contrast Inserts Alloy Wheels
Sliding Panoramic Roof - Spoiler Style, Electric Blinds, Electric Opening
Roof rails - Gloss Black
Houndstooth embossed Windsor Leather seats with Tonal Double Stitching
Windsor Leather door trim
Electrically reclining rear seats
Illuminated Metal Tread plate (with Jaguar script) and loadspace scuff plate
Carpet mats - First Edition
Trim finisher - Gloss Black with Houndstooth pattern
Configurable interior mood lighting
Loadspace storage rails
12.3-inch HD virtual instrument display
InControl Touch Pro (SSD) Navigation - 10-inch capacitive touchscreen, 60GB Solid State Drive
2016 Jaguar F-Pace pricing (plus on-road costs):
F-Pace 20d Prestige (132kW) - $74,340
F-Pace 20d R-Sport (132kW) - $80,090
F-Pace 30d Prestige (221kW) - $84,590
F-Pace 30d R-Sport (221kW) - $90,350
F-Pace 30d Portfolio (221kW) - $91,350
F-Pace S (221kW) - $99,940
F-Pace First Edition (221kW) -$117,210
F-Pace 35t Prestige (250kW) - $84,030
F-Pace 35t R-Sport (250kW) - $89,790
F-Pace 35t Portfolio (250kW) - $90,800
F-Pace S (280kW) - $103,420
F-Pace First Edition (280kW) - $120,700
Watch for the F-Pace to make its Australian debut in the third quarter of 2016.