Jaguar has finally confirmed that the brand is ready to enter the luxury crossover segment by launching the production version of the C-X17 concept. Showcased in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the premium SUV-crossover is Jaguar’s attempt to cater an increasingly hot market segment and offer a model to compete in a segment it currently hasn’t entered. The highly anticipated model has been strangely named ‘F-Pace’ and the announcement was made at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But the automaker didn’t unveil the car at the show and rather announced that it will debut later this year and go on sale in the spring of 2016.
The Jaguar F-Pace will have all-wheel drive, but tuned to give priority to on-road performance rather than off-road. In fact, Jaguar claims that it will be a performance crossover. This will make it a direct competitor to Porsche Macan and BMX X6. The luxury SUV will use a new lightweight, aluminum-intensive architecture, which also underpins Jaguar’s latest compact sedan, the XE. No mention of the powertrains was made during the announcement. “We received such an overwhelmingly positive response to the C-X17 concept car last year that we just had to make it a reality,” said Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar. Unfortunately, that’s all we know about it at the moment on the Jaguar F-Type, and the rest of the information is likely to be made public in the coming months.
[Via – Topgear]