Jaguar Land Rover has risen tremendously since being sold by Ford to India’s Tata Motors back in 2008 and the British luxury brand Jaguar is en route to an historic attempt – the introduction of its first crossover/SUV, the F-Pace.
The latest information concerning the new crossover model – seasoned with a very interesting livery for the bodywork (thank you for the absence of the checkered pattern) in the latest batch of pictures – covers some important technical aspects: ride and handling. We already know the F-Pace will make its official public debut during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show this mid-September and the latest aluminium intensive model is going to be built in Solihull, at home in the UK, with dealerships receiving it sometimes in 2016. Now for the more interesting dynamic prowess, Jaguar says the ride of the model will be handled by the sports-car derived chassis systems, with double wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension. The crossover will undergo the same testing as all other jaguar vehicles and feature technologies derived from the F-Type, including Torque Vectoring.
“We haven’t made any compromises or exceptions: the new F-PACE had to be a true Jaguar and had to deliver the dynamics DNA. We’ve tested ride and handling to the limit in all environments and in all conditions, and the result is that the new F-PACE is as engaging and rewarding to drive as it is comfortable and quiet. As soon as you get into the vehicle you know immediately that it’s a good place to be,” comments Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity at Jaguar.
Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture underpins the crossover, the F-Pace uses an electric power-assisted steering system, torque vectoring technology and a torque on-demand all-wheel drive system most likely tuned by the brethrens at Land Rover.