Tag: Jaguar Crossover
Jaguar just unveiled its first ever SUV and the automaker made it very clear that the vehicle’s set for production and heading to a dealership near you sometime in the near future. A concept vehicle was unveiled way back in 2013, but the automaker put the real deal on display over this past week, and it’s an impressive vehicle to say the least.
Keeping Up with the Competition
With Jaguar sales beginning to lag a bit it’s taking measures to keep up with most of the other automakers in the industry who all sell some form of SUV. Even companies like Lamborghini and Rolls Royce have announced plans to produce their own SUVs, following in the footsteps of automakers like Porsche who is doing quite well with its two different SUV offerings.
Different than Land Rover SUV
What’s surprising about Jaguar producing an SUV is that it’s all Land Rover does. Both automakers are owned by the same company, Tata Motors of India, and they would almost be competing against one another by Jaguar entering the production race. But just as a Range Rover and the Porsche Macan don’t really compete with one another much, neither will Land Rover vehicles and a Jaguar SUV, because they have very different purposes. Sure they’re both designed to travel around stylishly and comfortably, but the Jaguar SUV is clearly going to have a sporty stance, while Land Rover favors a more rugged quality in its vehicles. That’s the key difference that will let SUVs from both automakers thrive alongside one another.
A Sporty SUV
The Jaguar F-Pace SUV is going to take design characteristics from the F-Type sports car giving it an edgy look that stands out as clearly Jaguar. While it won’t be brimming with as much power as the automaker’s F-Type sports car is thanks to the ultra-light body of the vehicle, it’s still going to have enough strength to be a blast to drive around, and it will have that distinctive Jaguar edge to it that stands out so much.
The F-Pace will be the very first Jaguar vehicle that offers automatic braking that will help the vehicle stop when a collision is detected up ahead. The vehicle will also come with sign detection and will update drivers on the speed limit by reading signs and tapping into GPS data that it has available.
Multiple Engine Options
When the F-Pace is released, it’s going to come with either a 340 HP or 380 HP V6 engine. Each option is supercharged to generate enough power. There’s also a 4-cylinder diesel option that offers 140 HP for those who want something a bit more economical that’s still packed with plenty of torque. The top version will go from 0 to 60 in just slightly over five seconds.
This SUV marks a big change for Jaguar, and hopefully enough success for the automaker to fund a bunch of awesome new sports cars, that’s exactly how things are working for Porsche lately.
Jaguar’s been in business since 1922 and over all that time they’ve built countless vehicles but never ventured into the world of the SUV, until now that is. For the first time the automaker is developing an SUV for their customers, and this has some experts asking if the move will cannibalize their sales from partner company Land Rover.
No Need to Worry About Losing Customers
According to careful research conducted by the Tata Group of India, the owner of Jaguar and Land Rover, not only will the new Jag SUV not steal customers form Land Rover, but most of the sales that this vehicle is capable of making will result from stealing customers away from competitors instead. This is essentially free money for the company and they are probably kicking themselves for not making the move sooner, or at least they will be if they pull it off successfully.
The reason that Jaguar and Land Rover won’t compete with one another with this new SUV is because they cater to very different customer bases. The Land Rover is known for being one of the most rugged vehicles out there, and outdoorsy types love to pick them up. The Jaguar SUV won’t be built for off-roading and will be nabbed by city-dwellers interested in a more family-friendly form of sporty, luxurious transportation.
Offers Classy Styling and Expected to Be Powerful
If the F-PACE looks anything like the C-X17 concept vehicle it’s based on it will be quite a classy looking ride. The concept crossover is streamlined and features a color that pops. The F-PACE is likely to follow a similar design scheme, creating a very fast looking SUV that’s lightweight and fun to drive. Drivers will want something that’s clearly a Jaguar, while offering more space than the typical vehicle does. This is likely what Jaguar is going to shoot for with their production.
Of course the interior of the Jaguar is going to be luxuriously appointed. It will likely have leather or a very high quality suede material used for upholstery. The C-X17 concept shows off a futuristic interior with touchscreen controls, a massive control knob and plenty of LEDs to light up the interior, but with as many features as there are packed into the cab it still manages to look very streamlined and clear like most Jag interiors and that’s a trend that I’m sure they will continue to build on.
No word about the power source has been released yet, but we expect it to include the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 that was received so well in the flagship XJL sedan. The engine produces 340 HP and delivers it in such a smooth and snappy way that it can’t help but being fun to operate.
The F-PACE is expected to go on sale in 2016 and more information is likely to be released throughout 2015 as Jaguar continues development on their first SUV. It’s an exciting concept and should be something worth looking forward to.