2016 Jaguar F-Pace
The all-new 2016 Jaguar F-Pace SUV will kick off from $74,340 plus on-road costs when it hits Australia in the third quarter of next year.
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
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