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F-PACE SEEING CLEARLY Sports Command allows an elevated driving position matched with sporty F-TYPE-like handling. It‘s a confidence boosting combination for the driver drama. We were able to do that because we’ve got an exceptionally short front-overhang. We worked really hard with the engineering team on this aspect. Park the opposition next to our car and they don’t look so good by comparison. I’m excited.” He’s right, the car really benefits from viewing up close. The way the car’s shoulder curvaceously graduates from slim-and-tucked-in above the window line of the cabin, to wide-and-strong over the rear wheels is fantastic when you look down the side of the F-PACE from back to front. It wasn’t easy to make it production-feasible either, as body-less-doors module leader David Hoadley concedes: “The haunch over the rear wheel arch is a key feature of the F-PACE and was a big challenge but we didn’t want to compromise, so we pushed the limits of what was possible.” Burgess clarifies the scale of the task – and achievement: “We could have got a solution on ‘day one’ which would have had half the shoulder width. But this design started a three-month 20 j THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE

“THE F-PACE HAS ONE OF THE BEST STEERING FEELS IN ITS CLASS.” PETER DAVIS, VEHICLE DYNAMICS iteration process. I’ve been really impressed with the aluminium-stamping facility’s capability.” Bigger than a Porsche Macan but smaller than an Audi Q7, the F-PACE sits in a good place. The benefit of its long rear overhang goes well beyond exterior aesthetics too, boosting rear legroom and boot size. In fact the F-PACE boasts a rival-trouncing 650 litres of luggage space and an excellent 1255mm boot width (1048mm between the wheel arches) to make the car as practical as it is good-looking. Burgess enthuses: “With seats folded flat the capacity is incredible. Even with the seats upright it’s really big in the boot area, which is nice, and an unusual place for Jaguar to be.” In the Portfolio trim, the seats come with cool ‘fluted’ cushioning that references classic Jaguar seats of the 60s and 70s but in a thoroughly modern way. Upfront, the F-PACE’s Sports Command driving position is crucially raised up, giving a much more assertive view of the road and beyond. As technical manager for vehicle dynamics, Peter Davis, declares: “The F-PACE has one of the best steering feels in its class due to the way we tune the system here at Jaguar. You won’t know you’re in a crossover. We’ve also got an F-TYPE inspired front axle, a stiff rear axle and very carefully developed tyres.” There’s a wide range of engines at launch – depending on region – including a turbocharged fourcylinder 180ps 20d Ingenium i4 diesel, 300ps 30d diesel and 340ps and 380ps outputs of the 3.0 petrol V6 with a mix of manual and automatic gearboxes, * rear- and all-wheel drive and emissions as low as 129g/km of CO 2 and economy as high as 57.7mpg (4.9 l/100km). ** Trims follow XE’s lead with Pure, Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport and S plus there’s a First Edition in honour of F-PACE’s conceptual forebear featuring 22-inch wheels, a TFT virtual instrument panel and two unique body colours. * availability dependent on market ** engine and transmission dependent THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE j 21





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