2015 Frankfurt Motor Show: Jaguar F-Pace hunting for Audi Q5

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Jaguar has been belting out some astonishingly good cars as of late. The new Jaguar XF is quite excellent and the new Jag XE could be best-in-class. Now, Jaguar has another Big Cat hunting for Germans, except this time it’s in an entirely new segment for Jaguar. It’s an SUV.

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The Jaguar F-Pace is Jaguar’s first entry into the SUV segment and is looking to attack the Porsche Macan, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Class. If the success of its attack is based on the aggression of its looks, the F-Pace has already succeeded. The F-Pace looks absolutely fantastic, as do all Jaguars designed by the great Ian Callum. Wearing the typical Jaguar face, the F-Pace perfectly adopts the Jaguar familial design language for SUV duty. This is easily one of the best looking SUVs on the market.

The interior is equally as good looking as well. It’s actually probably the best interior of any current Jaguar. The F-Pace uses a very clean and simple interior design, yet still has loads of wood and aluminum. The new InControl touchscreen dominates the dashboard, but doesn’t look out of place. Everything looks tidy and sophisticated, in typical British fashion. It’s actually refreshingly reserved in contrast to the very aggressive exterior styling.

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But the excitement doesn’t stop at just the looks. The F-Pace will be one of the lightest SUVs in its class, as much of is is made out of Aluminum. Jaguar claims it’s now the leading automaker in aluminum applications. The F-Pace, in its lightest form, weighs only 1,665 kg (3,670) lbs. Though this is in diesel spec with a manual transmission. Still, that’s mighty impressive for a big SUV.

That lightweight design will pay dividends in terms of performance, especially considering the engines powering the F-Pace. A 2.0 liter diesel will be available with either rear or all-wheel drive and either a manual or automatic gearbox, though that likely won’t come to North America. We’ll likely only get the 3.0 liter Supercharged V6, making either 335 hp or 375 hp. That’s more than enough to be fast considering its low curb weight.

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The F-Pace will have brains to match its brawn, as well. With basically an entire PC underneath its skin, which uses an Intel Quadcore processor and mobile internet with 1GB/second of bandwidth. This will allow up to four devices to be paired to it and be able to use internet. Say goodbye to kids staring out of the windows looking at cars. Jaguar will also offer what it calls an Active Key. It’s basically a wearable key, in the form of a wristband, which allows the driver to leave the key fob in the car and unlock it by placing the wristband near the “J” on the Jaguar emblem on the rear tailgate. Unnecessary? Yes. Cool and desirable? Absolutely.

The Jaguar F-Pace should be scaring the Germans right now, especially Audi. The upcoming Audi Q5 is still in the very early stages of development, so Audi will have some time to benchmark the F-Pace, but as of right now this Big Cat looks very tough to beat.