The Jaguar F-Pace is the World Car of the Year in 2017 image

This is the very first time that an SUV model wins the competition – and the premiere was always going to be, because all finalists were coming from the crossover sector.

The winners of the 2017 World Car of the Year awards have been revealed on the sidelines of the ongoing New York Auto Show, with the panel of 75 international automotive journalists having made up their mind in the period since September at the Paris Motor Show. The Jaguar F-Pace was actually the underdog of the competition – having beat out in the main category 20 competitors from around the world – and in the last round of voting surging in front of the Audi Q5 and VW Tiguan. It goes home with the 2017 World Car of the Year title but it also snatched the 2017 World Car Design of the Year, ahead of the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet and the Toyota C-HR.

“The F‐PACE was designed and engineered as a performance SUV with exceptional dynamics, everyday usability and bold design,” said Dr Ralf Speth, CEO Jaguar Land Rover. In other categories we saw the Mercedes-Benz E-Class taking home the 2017 World Luxury Car award, the Porsche Boxster/Cayman, crowned World Performance Car and the Toyota Prius Prime, capturing the World Green Car award.