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First Jaguar SUV confirmed

Jaguar F-Pace “performance crossover” SUV based on C-X17 concept to go into production in 2016.

Jaguar has confirmed it will introduce an all-new model to the Jaguar line-up – its first SUV.

So far just one teaser shot of its rear quarter has been released, but we know it’s based on the very attractive C-X17 concept car shown in 2013/4 and it will be similar in size to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Jaguar  C-X17 F-Pace SUV crossover

The F-Pace will be made at Solihull, alongside various Land Rover and Range Rover products, plus the new Jaguar XE saloon.

Jaguar Land Rover will create 1,300 new jobs at the plant as it develops its expertise in aluminium and lightweight technologies.

To support the introduction of these new technologies, JLR has already invested £1.5bn in new facilities – the the largest single investment in the Solihull plant in its 70-year history.

Jaguar  C-X17 F-Pace SUV crossover

The F-Pace five-seater itself is underpinned by Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture.

“We received such an overwhelmingly positive response to the C-X17 concept car last year that we just had to make it a reality,” explained Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design.

“The Jaguar F-Pace, inspired by the F-Type, represents a perfectly judged balance of performance, style and practicality,” he added.

“It offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, fused beautifully with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior. The F-Pace is our family sports car.”

Jaguar  C-X17 F-Pace SUV crossover

Jaguar claims the F-Pace “couples class-leading interior space and exceptional on-road dynamics with five-seat usability to produce a true performance crossover”.

Speaking in Detroit, Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Global Sales Director, said: “In 2015 we will celebrate Jaguar’s 80th year.

“We have started it by announcing our first performance crossover which we consider to be the ultimate practical sports car – a car that builds on the marque’s founding ideals of Grace, Pace and Space to become one of the most innovative Jaguars we’ve ever developed.

“The F-Pace has now begun its engineering and development testing programme ahead of the new model going on sale in 2016.”

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