Just prior to the Detroit Motor Show 2015 kicking off, Jaguar confirmed that its long-awaited crossover would be dubbed the F-Pace. Such a name is unlike any other in the Jaguar line-up and now the firm’s design director has revealed some new details about that name.

While recently speaking with Auto Express, Jaguar design director Ian Callum confirmed that choosing the F-Pace name wasn’t easy for the firm.

“Creatively speaking, I had little role in the choice of the F-Pace name, but I was clear on saying it needed to have a reference to sportiness. Both Ralf [Speth – Jaguar Land Rover CEO] and I agreed it needed character. Alphanumeric was not an option and we toyed with many names. We played with the letter X a lot – XQ was one option but we felt Q is too much of an Audi thing, and of course Aston Martin uses Q.

“We even toyed with the idea of calling it X-Type which would have been quite an obvious one. Had there not been an X-Type in the past it would have been a good choice. I was brave enough to go for X-Type but there were a lot of other people who weren’t,” he said.

Amazingly, Jaguar was tossing up between eight different names for the car before the decision was finally made to call the car the Jaguar F-Pace.

[Via Auto Express]

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