Jaguar’s design boss Ian Callum has revealed that the upcoming F-Pace could become the marque’s highest selling model when it hits the market later this year.
While recently speaking with TopGear, Callum also said that the F-Pace wasn’t a car he thought he’d ever design but now that it’s been completed, he’s thrilled with the finished product.
“The F-Pace is the car I swore I’d never ever design. But now I’m delighted. It’s going to be tremendous. The performance crossovers will help fill out the range. I think the F-Pace will be our biggest seller. There’s a natural Britishness about crossovers. When we set about doing the F-Pace it was challenging. It wasn’t a natural place for me.
“I teased Julian Thompson [responsible for designing the Land Rover LRX concept] and said, ‘Come on Jules, you’ve done these lorries before.’ But this is a different thing to the LRX, it has a longitudinal engine and a different package,” Callum said.
Recent teasers of the F-Pace have shown that it will look almost identical to the Jaguar C-X17 concept from two years ago. The headlights and taillights are very similar as is the overall shape of the car as well as its sharp roofline.
Mechanically, the F-Pace will use double wishbone suspension at the front 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.