Jaguar has been playing around with a crossover SUV for some time now, namely the C-X17 Concept that it has shown off at several auto shows around the world. At each and every auto show, the C-X17 received rave reviews and flocks of buyers prepared to lob wads of cash in the general direction of Jaguar reps just to be the first to get their hands on one. Unfortunately, the C-X17 wasn’t near production ready and the automaker was uncertain if it could get the model into production guise. Apparently that is no longer the case, as Jaguar just teased the production version of the concept crossover at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
As expected, the C-X17 name will not carry into production, as Jag opted instead to name the new SUV the F-Pace. As the name indicates, the F-Pace draws some of its inspiration from the company’s flagship sports car: the F-Type. Andy Gross, Jag’s Global Sales Director, went so far as to call the F-Pace the “ultimate practical sports car.”
The details on the F-Pace are very scarce as of this writing, but there are a few bits of info to pass on. The F-Pace will feature a five-seat setup that is underpinned by the brand’s aluminum-intensive architecture and advanced suspension system. We also learned that it’ll feature Jaguar’s Instinctive All Wheel Drive system, which it will share with the F-Type.
Chances are that we’ll see the F-Pace share the F-Type’s drivetrain options, which means it’ll carry a 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 that produces 340 or 380 horsepower, depending on the trim level, and a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 with just under 500 ponies. There is a slight possibility of a higher-output model that uses the 550-horsepower version of the 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 to tackle the big-boys of the segment, like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
The new F-Pace will make its debut later in 2015 and will hit dealerships in 2016 as a 2017 model here in the U.S.