The Car Connection Jaguar F-Pace Overview
The Jaguar F-Pace is the British automaker's long-awaited crossover SUV. A five-passenger utility vehicle with a body made largely out of aluminum, the F-Pace went on sale in the U.S. in 2016.
The F-Pace shares some of its design cues with the automaker's new XE and XF sedans—no surprise, since it's part of the same compact to mid-size family of vehicles. It's the opposite of sibling Land Rover's straight-edged shapes; the F-Pace has gently curving rear quarters, four mesh grilles on its front end, a signature LED lighting pattern embedded in its slim headlights, and semi-circular taillights also rendered in LEDs.
With the F-Pace, Jaguar finally has a crossover SUV that consumers craved. By itself, the model doubled the number of new cars Jaguar sells each year.
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The cabin in the F-Pace is much closer to that in the sedans. It's a spare design with most of the space on top versions dedicated to digital displays. Base models have an 8.0-inch touchscreen front and center; pricey models get a 10-inch screen in the center of the dash, with a 12.3-inch panel swapped in for the gauges. Elsewhere, the F-Pace can wear a mix of cloth and leather upholstery, wood or aluminum trim, and metallic detailing on its controls—down to the hockey-puck-shaped controller that selects the automatic transmission's gears.
For performance, the F-Pace offered a choice at launch between a lower-output and a higher-output version of the same supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. With direct injection and Roots-type supercharging, the engine comes in 340-horsepower and 380-hp "S" editions. Both are teamed with an 8-speed automatic transmission; 380-hp models get paddle controls for the transmission.
Jaguar says the F-Pace S versions with 380 hp are capable of 0-60 mph times of 5.1 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph.
Later in the 2016 calendar year, a new turbodiesel engine arrived for the F-Pace. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline-4 makes 180 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. The gas powertrain has been rated by the EPA at 18 mpg city, 23 highway, 20 combined; the turbodiesel nets a heady 26/33/29 mpg rating.
All-wheel drive is also standard on the F-Pace. It's a system shared with the XE and XF sedans, where it's an option. The system uses a central multi-plate clutch and a chain drive to shift power from the rear wheels to the front, at up to a 50/50 split. The actual power split is figured by the car's traction- and stability-control systems. There's a related system that enables three adaptive modes for the all-wheel-drive system's operation on slippery surfaces, and another function that's effectively a low-speed launch and cruise control.
The F-Pace has up to 8.4 inches of ground clearance, and approach and departure angles of 25.5 degrees and 25.7 degrees, front and rear. It can wade through water up to 20.7 inches high.
For ride and handling, the F-Pace uses variable-ratio electric power steering and a suspension made mostly from aluminum, with double control arms at the front and a multi-link rear, with integral links in a rear subframe. Adaptive dampers are an option, and can be configured in the F-Pace's driving-mode programming. The F-Pace has electronic torque vectoring across its rear wheels, which range from 18 to 22 inches.
A five-seat wagon, the F-Pace splits the difference in size between the XE and XF sedans. It rides on a 113.1-inch wheelbase, and is 186.3 inches long overall. The front seats can be upgraded to sport seats with leather, heating, and ventilation. The rear seats have a split-fold three-piece design, and power-fold flat to boost the F-Pace's cargo space from 33.5 cubic feet to 61.4 cubic feet. A power tailgate is standard, while gesture-controlled opening is available.
The F-Pace hasn't been subject to crash-testing. Standard features include its low-speed launch and cruise control, as well as a forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking. The options list includes adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go control; lane-keeping and lane-departure warning systems; a laser-projected head-up display; blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts; and automatic parking assistance.
On the technology front, the F-Pace comes standard with Jaguar's new InControl Touch interface and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, as well as steering-wheel controls and voice-command capability. The more advanced InControl Touch Pro system gets a larger touchscreen display with gesture control, 60 GB of on-board memory, full-screen navigation, and pinch-and-zoom control. It's paired with an 825-watt, 17-speaker Meridian sound system. With available data services, the Touch Pro system can predict fuel levels needed to reach a destination, can find parking spaces, and can show a 360-degree view of the destination when the car approaches, for easier navigation. It has companion apps available for both Android and Apple operating systems, and the apps offer their own list of functions, from remote start to emergency services.