Jaguar pulled the curtain off its first stab at the crossover market today with the 2017 F-Pace. On sale starting next spring, we can expect two variations: a 3.0 liter V6 that makes 340 bhp, or a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 that makes 380 bhp. These engines will seem familiar to you: they are the ones found in the V6 Jaguar F-Type. We take this to mean that the crossovers will sound incredible.
The engine isn't where the F-Type influence ends, either. The F-Pace's torque vectoring system and adaptive dynamics are derived from the F-Type. Styling cues, such as the appearance of the tail lights and the shape of the rear, have been lifted from the coupe as well. Like the F-Type, a ZF eight-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels.
The F-Pace is notable because of the large amount of aluminum used in assembling its monocoque. In fact, Jaguar states that the F-Pace "features the largest amount of the...aluminum alloy yet." The result is that the F-Pace is quite light for a luxury crossover in its segment. It weighs 3,913 lbs. and is lighter than both the and the Audi SQ5—both of which are above 4,000 lbs.
Top speed is an electronically governed 155 mph, and the naturally aspirated and supercharged cars spring from 0-60 in 5.4 and 5.1 seconds respectively. By comparison, both the Macan Turbo and the SQ5 did 0-60 in 5.2 seconds.
Pricing of both F-Pace models will span from $40,990 to $56,700. Jaguar states that a diesel version will also be available later in 2016.