All New Jaguar F-Pace A Sublime Combination Of Form And Function
When it comes to design and practicality, Jaguar’s first ever SUV has no compromises. The All-New F-PACE offers a first-class interior, dynamic styling and exciting proportions, while remaining spacious enough to accommodate five passengers and their luggage.
“By remaining absolutely true to our design principles, the All-New F-PACE is immediately recognisable as a Jaguar,” says Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar. “It offers all of the interior space you would expect – and more, but because of our disciplined approach to surfaces, proportions, and purity of line, we have designed what I consider to be the most balanced, most attractive vehicle in its class.”
The F-PACE is a true five-seater with a spacious, luxurious interior featuring the premium materials, craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail that that gives every Jaguar its unique sense of occasion.
The ‘Sports Command’ driving position provides an authoritative, confidence-giving view out but retains a sports car feel. Jaguar’s cosseting sports seats are shaped to provide exceptional comfort and support and are available with 14-way adjustment, heating and cooling, and refinements such as soft-grain leather, contrasting twin-needle stitching and embossed head rests.
The row-two experience is equally impressive. The long, 2,874mm wheelbase makes access to and from the rear seats easy. The seat base was designed to allow passengers to sit further outboard, offering maximum space for three occupants – who can enjoy class-leading rear knee room. The positioning of the seats, together with the height of the beltline, means that even small children enjoy a good view out.
The 40:20:40 split seatback is available with an electric recline function, and despite the dynamic roofline, headroom is maintained throughout the full six degrees of movement. Months were spent refining the shape of the headliner to extract every last millimetre of clearance, right down to using magnets as fixings – these are more compact than traditional fasteners.
Luxury and spaciousness are matched by the interior’s practicality. The door pockets can accommodate large bottles while the storage spaces neatly scalloped into the sides of the centre console were designed around smartphones and feature non-slip rubber inserts at the bottom. The console also features twin cup holders.
The focus on package efficiency also means that the All-New F-PACE has an exceptional luggage compartment: 650 litres*. The space is made all the more useable by its 1,255mm width – more than enough to accommodate two full-size golf bags, for example, or four large suitcases. The rear seats allow through-loading and when folded flat, the luggage compartment offers up to 1,740 litres* of space. The clever packaging is enhanced still further by the low loading height.
Using Jaguar’s leading expertise in aluminium construction, the design and engineering teams had the ideal starting point for creating Jaguar’s first-ever SUV. From the outset it was developed to have a modular structure, allowing the wheels to be positioned exactly where they are needed to deliver the proportions, dynamics, and practicality essential for a performance SUV.
“We designed the All-New F-PACE to be first and foremost a Jaguar. That’s why it has exciting proportions, a dynamic stance, pure surfaces and a beautiful sensuality about it. Its progressive, purposeful appearance has clearly been influenced by the F-TYPE,” says Callum. “It looks assertive yet not aggressive. But it’s also versatile and equipped with real-world answers to everyday questions. The All-New F-PACE is an all-weather, all-surface Jaguar sports car, life-proofed for five people and their belongings.”
The influence of the F-TYPE is instantly apparent at the rear, from the graphics of the LED taillights to the muscular rear haunches. The rakish angle of the rear screen belies the unrivalled load space behind it. The F-TYPE’s influence extends to the All-New F-PACE’s silhouette, with its sleek roofline and short front overhang, reflecting the vehicle’s agile responses. The fender vents are another familiar Jaguar design feature. The large diameter wheels – especially the range of forged 22-inch designs – enhance the purposeful stance.
Up front, the bold, upright front grille is not only assertive but also contributes to the All-New F-PACE’s aerodynamic efficiency. The power bulge extends the full length of the aluminium bonnet to emphasise the vehicle’s performance credentials. Its sleek headlights, available with adaptive full-LED technology, feature daytime running lights with Jaguar’s signature ‘J’ Blade graphic.
With sports car-inspired design and performance, as well as class-leading levels of interior space, the F-PACE truly lives up to its title: the world’s most practical sports car.
The All-New Jaguar F-PACE goes on sale in July 2016. Prices start at R776 800.