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Jaguar F-Pace Revealed for Frankfurt Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/13/2015 Eric Weiner

Despite the ultra-hot F-Type, Jaguar is in need of a car with real volume potential, and it's betting big that the new F-Pace crossover can fill that role. Leading into the Jaguar F-Pace's Frankfurt debut, we now have our first undisguised look at what Jaguar is billing as a "performance crossover."

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Kudos to designer Ian Callum, who has delivered on his promise that the production Jaguar F-Pace would adhere closely to the popular and attractive C-X17 concept. As expected, the Jaguar F-Pace isn't quite as extroverted as the C-X17, but the same squat stance gives it a sporty attitude.

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The F-Pace is all smooth, flowing lines, setting the crossover apart from sibling brand Land Rover's more boxy offerings. Consistent with previously spied testing prototypes, the F-Pace bears familiar brand design cues that have trickled down from the halo F-Type, such as the extended wrap-around taillights and fender badges aft of the front wheels. The front grille is a dead ringer for the new XF and XE sedans.

The Jaguar F-Pace's lightweight aluminum construction gives it a low center of gravity that makes it "a performance crossover designed for those who love driving," according to a company release. The F-Pace will benefit from sister brand Land Rover's all-wheel-drive technology, but there is a clear commitment to on-road driving rather than off-road rock crawling. Engine options in the U.S. should include a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo-four for the base version and a 3.0-liter gasoline supercharged V-6 for the S model, both with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or all-wheel drive.

Stay tuned for more Jaguar F-Pace photos and details as Frankfurt draws nearer.

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