Jaguar has been testing the soon to be launched F-PACE crossover in the most extreme environments on the planet. In details revealed by the company, the first crossover from the stable is set to debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) Frankfurt in September this year.
Auto majors test their upcoming vehicles across the world, for millions of kilometers, before their launch, to be certain that their vehicles will stand up to any situation their owners will subject them to. Jaguar is no exception testing their upcoming crossover in some of the harshest conditions ranging from freezing winters in Northern Sweden to scalding temperatures in a desert around Dubai.
The F-PACE was tested at the company’s test facility in Arjeplog, Northern Sweden where average temperatures hardly ever climbed above -15 degrees centigrade and reduced rapidly to -40 degrees centigrade at times. A custom built 60 km handling track, split friction straights, mountain climbs, among others were used to fine tune the calibration of the all wheel drive. Technologies like Jaguar’s All Surface Progress control and Dynamic Stability Control were also honed for desired feedback.
The cooling systems of the crossover were tested extensively in the heat of the desert in Dubai, where temperatures in the shade can climb more than 50 degrees centigrade. The vehicle was purposely left in the sun resulting in the cabin temperatures reaching a high of 70 degrees centigrade, allowing the engineers to extensively test the cooling systems and climate control under heavy loads. For the first time a gravel mountain pass was also included in Jaguar’s testing programme to adapt the crossover to varied conditions.
Andrew Whyman, Vehicle Programme Director, Jaguar F-PACE said “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”.
The F-PACE will be manufactured in Solihull, UK, with it stated to be on sale from 2016.