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The all New Jaguar F-Pace: "Setting the Pace"
I have had the pleasure of being invited to the unveiling of the proto type Jaguar F-Pace some two years ago and I was really interested to see how near or how far apart it would be from the road going model we now encounter as the Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover said; “The F-TYPE Coupé provides its driver with a unique two seater sports car experience. It combines seductive design with cutting-edge technology and performance which is truly breath-taking. Engaging, precise, intuitive and alive – it is the definitive sports Coupé.”
What can I say, I was in awe of the modern, sleek, and great looking Jaguar. Although much of the futuristic modern styling, especially in the interior is not yet practical, the F-Pace is sporting much of the interior used in the Jaguar XF and oozes charm, refinement and agility for the 5 persons it can carry in absolute comfort. The hand crafted cabin is spacious and is keeping track for the need to also be a mobile office and entertainment centre. This makes the interior a perfect blend of premium materials and finishes, exquisite detailing, luxuries and a place of relaxation but also of enjoyment.
Technology has not been left in abeyance and you can just about do anything from your cell phone. You can set the temperature and start the vehicle, close and lock even from Timbuktu, down load data and a myriad of other features. Up to eight devices can be connected on the Wi-Fi hotspot and you have an enormous 10.2 inch tablet-style touchscreen with excellent graphics that is the worlds most advanced Touch Pro infotainment system. Add to that the HD instrument cluster with full 3D navigation display and head-up display and you have not only a modern vehicle but a technologically advanced vehicle. Key information such as vehicle speed and cruise control settings can be projected directly into the driver’s line of sight by the laser head-up display. The high contrast colour images can also show turn-by-turn navigation instructions.
The exterior is typical Jaguar with its bold front grille and muscular bonnet shows its performance potential and is complimented by the slender full-LED headlights, forged 22-inch wheels and short front overhang that carry the design vision of the C-X17 concept through to production.
The Lightweight Aluminium Architecture gave the design engineers the opportunity to design an efficient, dynamic, and practicality performance SUV. The light, stiff body structure comprises 80 per cent aluminium, and is the only aluminium-intensive monocoque in the segment. All-wheel drive delivers grip for all-weather confidence, further enhanced with segment-leading traction technologies including Adaptive Surface Response. Intelligent Driveline Dynamics enables all-wheel drive ability and rear-wheel drive character. The result of this class leading technology is that the 132kW diesel model weighs as little as 1,775kg – including an automatic gearbox and All-Wheel Drive and is as sure footed on gravel as it is on a tarred surface. I travelled for long distances on different gravel roads at speed and the F-Pace never once faltered with its road grip or comfort. The eight speed gearbox is a jewel and is as precise and smooth as they come. Even when gearing down with the paddle shift the changes are barely noticed, except for in the 3.0 turbo charged F-Pace where the lovely sound reminds you that you have changed up or down.
The new F-Pace is no slouch either and with the 280kW supercharged V6 petrol engine it can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. I even enjoyed the 2.0 litre version and it easily gets to 200kph and only then does it slowly creep up to its maximum speed of 208kph.
For enthusiastic drivers like ourselves there’s Configurable Dynamics: first used in the F-TYPE, this feature allows individual settings for the throttle, automatic transmission, steering, and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics system. When racing around the circuit there is exceptionally low lift and excellent lift balance front-to-rear, resulting in better steering feel and stability coming into and out of corners at higher speeds.
The All-New F-PACE’s torque on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) system features the advanced, in-house control system first developed for F-TYPE AWD: Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD). IDD preserves rear-wheel drive agility and handling character but can seamlessly transfer torque to the front wheels to exploit the performance benefits of extra traction, on all surfaces and in all weathers.
Another first is Jaguar’s Activity Key. A waterproof, shockproof wristband with an integrated transponder, this segment-first, wearable technology supports active lifestyles because it allows the keyfob to be securely locked inside the vehicle. Activity Key works on the same RF frequencies as the other keys and is used to lock and unlock the vehicle by holding it in close proximity to the J of the Jaguar lettering on the tailgate. Activity Key has no battery, so you never have to worry about changing it.
To celebrate the launch of the All-New F-PACE, a special model called the First Edition will be available in strictly limited numbers in South Africa. Powered exclusively by the 280kW supercharged V6 petrol and 221kW V6 diesel engines, the First Edition is distinguished by two unique metallic paint colours – Caesium Blue and Halcyon Gold; Customers can also choose from Rhodium Silver and Ultimate Black. Further highlights include 22-inch Double Helix 15-spoke wheels with Grey finish and contrast inserts, Adaptive Dynamics, full-LED headlights, Gloss Black fender vents and a fixed panoramic roof.
Inside, the Windsor soft-grain leather seats in Light Oyster feature twin-needle stitching and an embossed houndstooth pattern influenced by the C-X17’s award-winning interior. The traditional Jaguar craftsmanship blends seamlessly with the configurable 10-colour ambient lighting, state-of-the-art InControl
The full F-PACE range in South Africa will comprise four models:
F-PACE R-Sport, F-PACE S, and F-PACE First Edition.
The F-PACE will be available with a range of Jaguar engines that offer a balance of efficiency and performance. These are the 132kW 2.0-litre diesel, the 221kW 3.0-litre diesel, and the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol, with outputs of either 250kW or 280kW.
All F-PACE models sold in South Africa are equipped with Jaguar’s eight-speed automatic transmission and All-Wheel Drive.
The Jaguar F-Pace is not following in any one’s footsteps. It is discernible from all angles as a pure bred Jaguar that can now take you places in the same comfort as the cars, but where you could never before go.
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