FRANKFURT, Germany – The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace compact luxury SUV, the first Jaguar aimed at families, will arrive at Jaguar dealerships in the spring, starting at $43,385. The all-new F-Pace debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Car shoppers will have their choice of two gasoline-powered F-Pace SUVs at launch in the U.S. The F-Pace with a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine is the base model. The other option is a 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, which starts at $57,695.
Both engine versions are shared with the Jaguar F-Type. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.
Later in 2016, a 180-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine will be added to the lineup. It will start with a base price of $41,985.
Drawing its inspiration from the Jaguar C-X17 concept, the five-passenger F-Pace is pitted against such luxury competitors as the Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
“Every Jaguar car should draw your eye from 200 meters away and I believe the presence of the all-new F-Pace on the road is second to none in this class,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design, in a statement.
The SUV features Jaguar’s All Surface Progress Control technology, which helps the vehicle to maintain traction on slippery surfaces.
Based on Jaguar’s aluminum architecture, the F-Pace “delivers agility, refinement and efficiency,” the company said.
The EPA has not announced fuel-economy numbers on the F-Pace.
An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard. Buyers can also opt for a 10.2-inch touchscreen with Internet connectivity as an available option.
An unusual F-Pace element is the new Jaguar Activity Key, which is described as “wearable technology.” Buyers get a waterproof wristband with an integrated transponder that allows the keyfob to be securely locked inside the vehicle.
Adding to the allure of the F-Pace is Jaguar EliteCare that offers free scheduled maintenance for 5 years or 60,000 miles.
To further rev up excitement about the F-Pace, Jaguar posted a YouTube video of the SUV completing a 360-degree loop to achieve a Guinness World Record.
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