New details about the upcoming Jaguar F-Pace have been released with confirmation that the SUV will feature chassis and suspension technology adapted from the F-Type sports car.
At the front, the F-Pace will use double wishbone suspension while the rear will feature an Integral Link suspension setup. When combined with the lightweight aluminium architecture set to underpin the F-Pace, it is promising exceptional handling characteristics.
Also, the F-Pace SUV will use the British marque’s electric power-assisted steering system already used by the F-Type, XE and latest-generation XF. Arguably of more significance is that the F-Pace will also include a torque on-demand all-wheel drive system including torque vectoring technology to ensure the best possible agility in all conditions and on all surfaces.
Visually, the F-Pace will look very similar to the original C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept from two years ago. As a result, it will feature sleek and aggressive headlights and taillights which bare similarities to other models in Jaguars range. Elsewhere, a characteristic large front grille will be found at the front alongside prominent air intakes. Its roofline will bare similarities with the Range Rover Evoque but the Jaguar F-Pace will be significantly larger.
“New Jaguar F-PACE performance crossover to be offered with torque on-demand All-Wheel Drive system
Jaguar engineers aim to set a new benchmark for vehicle dynamics with launch of F-PACE
F-PACE Double Wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension systems for undergo rigorous test programmes on diverse roads and other surfaces worldwide
Enhanced agility delivered by F-TYPE-derived technologies including Torque Vectoring
Electric Power Assisted Steering gives immediate response and connected feel
(Whitley, Coventry – Wednesday 26 August 2015) The new Jaguar F-PACE will be the first ever performance crossover from the famous British luxury and sports car manufacturer, and will feature technology designed to ensure it is the most rewarding driver’s car of its kind. The F-PACE will be specified with chassis dynamics technology adapted from the acclaimed Jaguar F-TYPE sports car, and offered with a sophisticated All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system which delivers torque-on-demand.
Jaguar’s Vehicle Integrity team, led by sports car development expert and Chief Engineer Mike Cross, are currently engaged on development programmes designed to ensure the new F-PACE will offer an unrivalled breadth of dynamic ability.
“We haven’t made any compromises or exceptions: the new F-PACE must be a true Jaguar and deliver the Jaguar dynamics DNA”, says Mike Cross.
“We’ve tested ride and handling to extremities 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 going to be enjoyable to own. As soon as you get into the vehicle you know immediately that it’s a great place to be.”
The F-PACE will be manufactured using Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, which will enable the new performance crossover to handle with precision and control, yet without sacrificing ride comfort. Taking full advantage of the body structure’s inherently high stiffness, the sophisticated Double Wishbone front suspension and Integral Link rear suspension provide the best possible starting point: tuned to perfection, they make the new F-PACE incredibly responsive yet also ensure that the impacts, undulations and extreme cambers of even the most challenging roads are handled with ease.
The F-PACE’s Electric Power-Assisted Steering system maintains Jaguar’s leadership in steering. Everything between the steering wheel rim and the tyre contact patch is calibrated to ensure that the new F-PACE responds immediately to the slightest input, giving a truly connected feel. Already successfully featuring in the F-TYPE, XE, and new XF, the system gives exceptional feedback. Combined with the Torque Vectoring technology first developed for F-TYPE and the torque on-demand all-wheel drive system, the new F-PACE delivers outstanding agility in all weathers and on all surfaces.
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 Jaguar’s Vehicle Dynamics CAE team. This improves the models and therefore delivers even better simulation results – and vice-versa. This iterative loop of continuous improvement ensures that prototype vehicles are continuously optimised, benefiting the tuning and assessment process.
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NoteS to Editors
The world premiere of the Jaguar F-PACE will be at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September
The F-PACE is the latest aluminium-intensive Jaguar and will be manufactured in Solihull, UK
The F-PACE will go on sale from 2016”