Jaguar forays into the SUV segment with their F-Pace. The car is infused by some of the Land Rover DNA and it resembles the Land Rover SUVs from certain angles. With the SUV rage gripping the car scene in India, F-Pace will definitely add some zing into the Jaguar product portfolio. F-Pace takes inspiration from Jag’s F-Type sports car and adapts it into a full-fledged SUV.
The car is a perfect mixture of signature Jaguar DNA plus the stance of the Land Rovers of yore. The car gets classic Jaguar design lines with a long bonnet, short overhangs, and F-type rear lamp design. The car is well proportionate with tight lines.
There are ample creases to add excitement to the design. The mean looking headlamps, signature Jaguar front grille, smart and large alloy wheels and rear spoiler are the main highlights of the F-Pace. The headlamp is a Bi-function Xenon with LED ‘J’ Blade Daytime Running Lights.
The car gets a supremely finished and rich cabin. The dashboard is leather wrapped with contrast red stitching. The R-Sport variant also gets contrast red and black dual tone interiors. The front center console gets a 12.3-inch digital infotainment system with Meridian sound system.
The car is loaded with features:
• Front and rear parking aid
• Keyless entry
• Surround camera system
• Dynamic Stability Control
• Emergency brake assist
• Dynamic Traction Control
• Perimeter alarm
The car gets park assist which helps the driver to park in and out of a parallel park spot. F-Pace comes with a panoramic sunroof. The car gets ample legroom at the front as well as the rear. However, the rear seat is best for two as the rear center console eats into the rear legroom at the center. The rear seat back can be reclined with a power button.
Engine and Performance
The 3.0 R-Sport is powered by a V6 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine, this engine comes in the R-Sport and the First Edition variants. Transmission is an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shift. The V6 engine dishes out 296hp@4000 rpm peak power and 700Nm@2000 rpm. The engine transmits power to all the four wheels. The power delivery is strong and linear with no sign of turbo lag. The car leaps from rest to 100 kph in just under seven seconds. The car gets four drive modes:
• Rain, snow, and ice
The lower trims: Pure and Prestige gets a comparatively smaller 2.0 litre Ingenium diesel engine that has a peak power rating of 177hp and peak torque of 430Nm.
Ride and Handling
For an SUV, this one surprises you with its handling prowess. The car offers loads of grip around the corners encouraging you to carry good speeds into the corners. Definitely, you should keep in mind that this is an SUV and not a low-slung race car. The car gets double wishbone set up and rear gets the multi-link suspension. The ride in any drive mode is simply fantastic and with at most ease irons out most of the undulations and rough roads. The Pure and Prestige trims get 18-inch wheels while the top variants R-Sport and First Edition gets larger 19 inches.