RAISED EXPECTATION The front face will be familiar to Jaguar aficionados but the proportions are anything but The crossover market is the fastest growing in the world. After saloons, it was the second most launched body shape of last year – and as Jaguar wants to expand its portfolio and has a superb saloon range already – see this issue’s triple test feature for evidence – launching a family-sized practical sports car makes perfect sense. “The world has changed,” Jaguar’s production design studio director Wayne Burgess explains to J-Magazine. “As much as I love saloons, I’ve always been receptive to the idea of a more practical Jaguar sports car. I’m at a different point in my life, with a wife and four-year-old twin boys, so a car like the F-PACE resonates with me, because it means I can have a family car that does everything I need it to.” The strong style and function that led to the F-PACE were first shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Motorshow in the shapely form of the C-X17 concept car. Clearly a Jaguar from its XFakin front face and lithe bodywork, it nonethe less had a different purpose and market intent. Best of all, its essence has remained intact in the production F-PACE model, as this world exclusive photoshoot of the car makes clear. Officially unveiled at the September 2015 Frankfurt Motorshow it goes on sale in 2016. Burgess says the lack of a precedent for the F-PACE was refreshing from a design perspective. “I really enjoyed work ing on this programme, as it wasn’t about comparing the new design with a classic like the E-Type or XJ. That was liberating.” But if the classics weren’t a reference, what was? Head of exterior design Adam Hatton is quick to mention the F-TYPE and in particular its “front fender and rear haunch lines, taut surfaces, slim signature tail lights, and the pure design of the rear as the forms lead towards the Jaguar leaper badge – that takes a lot of the visual weight out of the car. The F-PACE’s bonnet is more horizontal but for consistency the side vents and spear line graphic are shared by XE and XF too. But ultimately the brief to ourselves was simply ‘let’s make the bestlooking, sportiest practical car on the planet’.” While some details are common, the proportions are the big difference from the rest of the range. As Burgess continues: “The F-PACE has this long rear overhang that creates a lot of 18 j THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE
F-PACE “THE BRIEF TO OURSELVES WAS SIMPLE: LET’S MAKE THE BEST-LOOKING, MOST PRACTICAL JAGUAR SPORTS CAR ON THE PLANET” ADAM HATTON, DESIGN THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE j 19
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