November 30, 2016 @ 03:23 PM

Jaguar leaps into new terrain

Bigger footprint and more ground clearance but the F-Pace is a Jaguar all the same

It’s an all new ballgame for the carmaker with its first ever SUV but Jaguar’s F-Pace is displaying all the right traits as it scales new territory in the premium SUV segment.

Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia will only be offering two trim levels, each powered by the same engine and transmission. The F-Pace in Prestige trim starts at RM598,800 and RM658,800 for the R Sport. Both prices don’t include registration, road tax and insurance. Inclusive with the purchase is a five-year or 150,000 km warranty, five years of free servicing and three years of free roadside assistance.

An optional Black Pack R-Sport package raises the equipment roster for added exclusivity and simultaneously bumps up the price to RM704,624 with all the boxes on the order sheet ticked.

Under the hood sits the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 that also calls the F-Type home. Unfortunately for us though, we get the declawed tune with 335bhp as opposed to the fiery 375bhp punch in the F-Pace S. Nonetheless, with 450Nm of torque and the ZF eight-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels via the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics on-demand four-wheel drive system that is capable of sending up to 50 per cent of torque to the front wheels.

Making haste on our roads shouldn’t be an issue and the performance figures corroborate that with a century sprint time of 5.8-seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 250kph.

The F-Pace will be fully imported from Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Solihull, UK. Consisting of a body structure that is 80 per cent aluminium, the F-Pace weighs in at just 1820kg and is one of the lightest in its class.

Its dimensions of 4731mm long, 1936mm wide, 1652mm tall and with a wheelbase of 2874mm means it covers a larger footprint than its rivals, consisting chiefly of the Porsche Macan but could cross paths with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 as well.

Some of the kit that populates the F-Pace Prestige includes bi-xenon LED headlights with DRLs, Gesture controlles powered tailgate, 10-way powered front seats, 8.0-inch touchscreen, 18-inch wheels, analogue instrument display with a 5.0-inch TFT display and torque vectoring.

Step it up to the F-Pace R-Sport and Jaguar will throw in adaptive LED headlamps, All-surface Progress Control, 14-way powered front seats, 10.2-inch touchscreen, In-Control Touch Pro infotainment system, Active Dynamic suspension, Adaptive Surface Response, a 12.3-inch virtual instrument display and the mandatory R-Sport body kit and steering wheel.

Safety on the F-Pace consists of six airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, reverse traffic detection and blind spot monitoring.

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