Only a decade or two behind trend, Jaguar will soon have its first sport-utility vehicle. Once content to let corporate brother Land Rover handle the SUVs, Jaguar sees a desperate need to grow sales via a more complete luxury catalog. We fearlessly predict that the F-Pace will quickly become Jaguar’s bestseller. It should easily outsell the entire current lineup, which garnered a relatively paltry 16,000 sales in the U.S. last year (Land Rover moved more than 51,000 units).
Under the F-Pace’s aluminum skin is a new alloy-intensive platform that also underpins the BMW 3-series–fighting Jaguar XE and the next-generation mid-size XF. That means a longitudinally mounted engine and possibly a rear-drive-only F-Pace, although four-wheel drive is a certainty. A wheelbase stretch from the XE’s 111.6-inch inseam will provide extra rear-seat space and should make the Chinese market happy.
Jaguar’s 340-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, a strong and smooth engine thanks to counter-rotating balancers, will be the initial top offering. This 90-degree V-6 joins a turbocharged 2.0-liter four, part of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium engine family that finally weans the company off Ford four-cylinders. Both engines connect to the eight-speed automatic shared with the XE. Four-cylinder diesel engines will be available to customers in the rest of the world and might, eventually, make it to the American market as well.
We expect the F-Pace to land in the fall of 2016 as a 2017 model. Pricing should easily undercut the Porsche Macan’s $50,895 entry fee, matching up closer to other competitors’ starting stickers at just over $40,000. The supercharged six will likely command more than $50,000.
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