By on January 11, 2015


After three concept crossovers, Jaguar is ready to go all in for 2016 with the F-Pace.

Just Auto reports production of the premium crossover will begin in late 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Solihull, England, with a Land Rover-based variant — codenamed L560 — to follow later. Both models will be underpinned by JLR’s PLA aluminum platform, currently in use by the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

The F-Pace follows three concept crossovers, all named C-X17. The first concept bowed at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, the second version arrived at both Guangzhou and Dubai auto shows later that year, and the final C-X17 debuted at last year’s Brussels Auto Show.

Per Director of Jaguar Design Ian Callum, the overwhelming response to all three concepts prompted the decision to go forward with building the F-Pace:

We just had to make it a reality. The Jaguar F-PACE, inspired by the F-TYPE, represents a perfectly judged balance of style, performance and practicality. It offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, fused beautifully with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior. The F-PACE is our family sports car.

The crossover is set to go on sale in Europe in 2016, where it will do battle against the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and X4, Volvo XC60, and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. JLR expects to produce 50,000 F-Paces annually.

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32 Comments on “Jaguar Teases 2016 F-Pace Crossover...”

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    A crossover without an “X” in the name, different

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    Another exotic brand down the proverbial lackluster trophy-wife toilet.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. I’ve lost all respect for Jaguar. Even their rebadged Contour was better than this nonsense.

      • 0 avatar

        I lost interest when they made the F-Type, just another expensive super car trying to hark back to the “glory days”, just another detuned super car that gets an extra 3hp every-time they make a pricier model.

      • 0 avatar
        Vojta Dobeš

        Jaguar never made a rebadged Contour, no matter what those miserable hacks from C&D says. Contour was based on the first generation of Mondeo, which was quite terrible.

        X-type was based on the second generation of Mondeo, which was the best car in its class by quite some margin.

    • 0 avatar

      Not uncoincidentally, they both get a facelift just a few years in, too…

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    Great move by Jaguar. Build on the strength of the F type and go after your rivals weak spots. Jaguar don’t have to make this even slightly good off road. land Rover does all that stuff. All they need to do is outflank Porsche and BMW in making a fast SUV

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    I’ll believe it when I see it. Something tells me this will be more along the lines of the X4 than the X3. Sporty proportions vice utility space.

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    Old slogan: Grace, space, pace. (seriously, look it up)

    They’re now saying, F Pace. Seems like they’re saying F Grace, too, in the name of more space.

    F this, I say…

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    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Using the same platform as the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport? At least their current cars are unique and the unloved Contour/Mondeo platformed X-Type had standard AWD. I would rather have a XE or XF wagon or shooting brake than another footballer mom wagon but I get it this segment of entry luxury and luxury CUV’s are hot and every manufacturer wants a piece of the market.

    • 0 avatar
      Vojta Dobeš

      As I mentioned in the above post, X-type had nothing to do with Contour. It was based on second generation Mondeo, which was totally different car. Actually, it was closer to Volvo S60 or even the current Evoque.

      • 0 avatar

        Goodness geacious me. You don’t expect commenters around here to get it right, do you? Once an incorrecf idea is in their head, it never leaves.

        JLR is achieving sales records, just not in ‘Murica. So naturally, blinkered as usual in thinking the whole world is America, many commenters believe JLR, Mazda and Mitsubishi are going bankrupt by the end of next week. Oh, and Suzuki already is.

        Of course, if you want really informed opinion, then we have two provincially-minded Ozzies here who like to lecture everyone as well, usually, but not limited to telling Americans they’re buying the wrong kind of pickup trucks, and that Austrilia is paradise because of a high minimum wage. Justifiably, nobody pays them any attention whatsoever.

        I’ve got used to the idea that such ignorance is bliss. Just let them post the rubbish, ignore it, and they seem happy to wallow around in a mind whirl of their own.

      • 0 avatar

        According to Wikipedia (we never got that mondeo here) the 2nd gen is based on the 1st gen and shares its suspension.

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    This has me F-D up. I thought this was a crossover version of the new XE. Should’t it be called E-Pace instead?

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    To my ears this is a forced, awkward latching on to “grace, space, pace”. “F Space” makes more sense if you think that it will have more cargo capacity than a sedan or coupe and it will let you see some wide open spaces because it’s a soft-roader. Or, perhaps there’s a good reason why I don’t make six figures writing ad copy.

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    The concept, much like every “high end” European CUV, looks like a modern AMC Eagle with the “face” of a sports car. Its just “meh” for me, I’m sure auto journalists will praise its terrific “E-Type inspired” handling, “Rolls Royce ride quality”, then just forget about it a week later.

    Enthusiasts will hate it, but honestly I don’t think it even warrants hate, its too sterile. The new Mazda CX-5 will be more affordable and manages to look sporty without comprising practicality.

    I’d really love to know whats up with Europes fascination with the AMC Eagle, not the CUV idea itself so much as the Eagles roofline, yea its a bit rounder here but it still looks quite dated.

    Maybe they can add a fin antennae as a subtle “tribute” to the Jaguar D-Type?

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    “It offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, fused beautifully with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior.”

    He just described any Jaguar. And isn’t that what the XJ is supposed to be? Spacious and luxury and sports? I really think after the old XJ went away (2011?) Jag has thoroughly lost the way forward. XF is ancient, the F-type is disappointing (though sexy), and the XJ looks like a submarine now.

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