Jaguar is testing its first crossover, the Jaguar F-Pace in its production body in Europe, readying it for the announced 2016 market launch. The F-Pace crossover is based on the C-X17 concept that was unveiled in 2013. The production-spec model will be a five-seat performance crossover built on the same iQ[Al] platform as the upcoming entry-level XE sedan.
The F Pace will feature the company’s latest, ‘Ingenium’ range of petrol and diesel engines, again, just like the XE sedan. Jaguar Land Rover’s new 9-speed automatic transmission should be standard across the range. The crossover will have all-wheel drive, but whether it will be standard or a variant will is not known.
The F-Pace crossover spy shots reveal LED signature daytime running lights, black alloy wheels, red brake callipers, wraparound taillights, two circular tailpipes and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. The rear overhang of the production-spec model is longer than that of the C-X17 concept. This means that the cargo space could be more than originally speculated.
The test mule allegedly has a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. Jaguar could also introduce R-version of the F-Pace with a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine following the market launch of the standard version.
The F-Pace crossover will be the second Jaguar vehicle after the XE sedan to be manufactured in Jaguar Land Rover’s facility in Solihull, UK.
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