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15 9 2015

AUTO EXPRESS REVIEWS ALL-NEW F-PACE

Just ahead of the All-New F-PACE’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show Auto Express visited Jaguar HQ in Coventry to meet Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum and his latest car.

“The important thing for me was this was a Jaguar shaped like a crossover, it wasn’t a crossover that was pushed into the shape of a Jag,” said Callum when showing them around the All-New F-PACE.

In their article, Auto Express confirms his aim has been achieved. “From the front it’s unmistakably Jaguar. The headlights are familiar to those who’ve seen a new XE or XF on the road, and the gaping grille has been carried over from other models in the range.” They continue, “F-Pace looks imposing and sporty, yet different enough to stop you in your tracks... It’ll be a formidable sight when it finally arrives on UK roads in the spring.”

Explaining the advantages of Jaguar’s lightweight monocoque they write, “Unlike rivals that use shareable platforms, Jaguar uses a tweakable aluminium architecture that ensures no two models are restricted by wheelbase or ride height. As a result, Callum was able to position the wheels exactly where he wanted them – resulting in short overhangs and impressive interior legroom.”

A further advantage of using aluminium is efficiency, key for Fleet & Business buyers. Here the F-PACE acquits itself admirably. “The entry-level rear-drive manual will return 57.7mpg and emit just 129g/km of CO2. The flagship diesel looks great on paper, too – returning 47.1mpg and sprinting from zero to 62mph in just 6.2 seconds.”

On the technology front the F-PACE impressed with “the most advanced Jaguar tech ever… a Wi-Fi hotspot allows eight different devices to be connected, while it’s possible for four different videos to be streamed at any one time.”

They sign off by saying, “It certainly stacks up favourably against those cars it will be expected to compete for sales against.”