I was invited to a 2 day launch in Port Elizabeth to experience the all new Jaguar F-PACE & boy oh boy was I in for a treat. The All-New Jaguar F-PACE is a performance SUV & is now available in South Africa. Designed and engineered to offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement that all Jaguars are renowned for, it combines unrivaled dynamics with everyday versatility.
I must say, a good couple of months prior I got to experience the Jaguar XE and I thought to myself that there could possibly not be anything else that Jaguar could add to the Jaguar F-PACE to make it any better than what I've already got to see in the XE, but I was completely mistaken as this F-PACE SUV is definitely in a class of its own.
Design and Practicality
Jaguar’s first ever SUV has no compromises. The All-New F-PACE offers a first-class interior, dynamic styling and exciting proportions, while remaining spacious enough to accommodate five passengers and their luggage. The look of this SUV is distinctively Jaguar.
The ‘Sports Command’ driving position provides an authoritative, confidence-giving view out but retains a sports car feel. Jaguar’s cosseting sports seats are shaped to provide exceptional comfort and support and are available with 14-way adjustment, heating and cooling, and refinements such as soft-grain leather, contrasting twin-needle stitching and embossed head rests. Up front, the bold, upright front grille is not only assertive but also contributes to the All-New F-PACE’s aerodynamic efficiency. The power bulge extends the full length of the aluminium bonnet to emphasise the vehicle’s performance credentials. Its sleek headlights, available with adaptive full-LED technology, feature daytime running lights with Jaguar’s signature ‘J’ Blade graphic.
With sports car-inspired design and performance, as well as class-leading levels of interior space, the F-PACE truly lives up to its title as a performance SUV.
Technology and InControl Touch
This is by far one of my absolute favourite features of the F-PACE it will be the first Jaguar to offer the company’s all-new, premium infotainment system: InControl Touch Pro. This touchscreen system will usher in a new era of connected functionality for Jaguar vehicles, which includes live traffic updates for the satellite navigation and the ability to remotely control certain functions of the F-PACE on a supported smartphone. The F-PACE will also be available with Jaguar’s Activity Key – a robust, waterproof key. All F-PACE models will be fitted with InControl Touch as standard – the same system that is currently fitted to the Jaguar XE, XF and F-TYPE. With its eight-inch touchscreen and
intuitive interface, InControl Touch offers drivers easy access to the vehicle’s infotainment functions. InControl Touch is also available with a 380 watt Meridian audio system.
InControl Protect and InControl Remote will also be fitted to all F-PACE derivatives. Drivers can rely on the ultimate in customer care with InControl Protect, which offers both an SOS button for emergencies and accidents, as well as a roadside assistance button. InControl Protect lets drivers connect to Jaguar Assist without the use of their own phone. When a call is connected these services can also transmit vehicle position and diagnostic data to better assist response services. InControl Remote offers drivers the ability to use their smartphones to monitor their vehicle. This includes monitoring its current location, security status, fuel level and recent trips. Both of these features complement both variants of the InControl Touch infotainment system.
“The All-New F-PACE will offer the latest technologies and features available in the Jaguar Land Rover stable,” says Lisa Mallett, Marketing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. “Drivers will be able to benefit from the best infotainment and connectivity on offer, to emergency and roadside assistance services that make travelling more convenient.”
Driver Dynamics and Driver Assist
The All-New Jaguar F-PACE has been engineered from the outset to deliver the driving experience that sets all Jaguars apart from the competition. Jaguar took everything that gives its sedans and sports cars class-leading dynamics and applied them to the All-New F-PACE, its first ever SUV. Built on Jaguar’s lightweight aluminium architecture, the F-PACE combines a sports car driving experience, All-Wheel Drive and a spacious interior in a lightweight package.
The All-New F-PACE also features a host of driver assistance technologies to make everyday driving less stressful and more pleasurable. Adaptive Cruise Control allows the FPACE to automatically match its cruise speed to the vehicle ahead and maintain a safe following distance. Park Assist complements the built-in camera systems to by using sensors to find empty parking spots and autonomously manoeuvre the F-PACE in even the trickiest situations. Meanwhile, Reverse Traffic Detection warns drivers of approaching traffic when exiting parking spots – issuing visual and audible signals to warn drivers of hazards.
The full F-PACE range in South Africa will comprise four models: F-PACE Pure,
F-PACE R-Sport, F-PACE S, and F-PACE First Edition
My favourite features on the Jaguar F-PACE
· Wi-fi Hotspot: SIM card slot and drivers can choose to make use of data services offered by the network provider of their choice
· · InControl Protect: which offers both an SOS button for emergencies and accidents, as well as a roadside assistance button
· Jaguar Activity Key: waterproof, shockproof wristband
· Jaguar Activity Key: waterproof, shockproof wristband
The All-New Jaguar F-PACE goes on sale in July 2016. Prices start at R776 800.