Jaguar’s upcoming performance SUV, the F-PACE will celebrate its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The F-PACE will be manufactured in Solihull, UK and go on sale from 2016. Jaguar says that the new F-PACE will ” offer an unrivalled breadth of dynamic abilities”, and be will for the keener driver. Based on Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, the F-PACE will feature a stiffened body structure, and ride on double wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension systems.
The electric power-assisted steering system has been honed to provide “a truly connected feel”, and has been developed using all the learnings from the F-TYPE sports car. The F-PACE will also feature the torque vectoring technology first developed for F-TYPE, along with the torque on-demand all-wheel drive system. Furthermore, to make development and testing even more efficient, the vehicle integrity team’s subjective assessments are fed back into the computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools used by the vehicle dynamics CAE team.
“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.” Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar