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Jaguar F-PACE officially unveiled, 280kW V6 for top model

After copious teasers and previews, the production Jaguar F-PACE has finally been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This is the company’s first-ever entry into the popular SUV market.

Jaguar F-PACE-blue

Drawing plenty of inspiration from the C-X17 concept car from a couple of years back, the F-PACE adopts the company’s latest design language. At the front is a large open grille and focused headlights, while at the back is neatly proportioned bumper bar and tailgate, with slim taillights that are similar to those on the F-Type sports car.

Underneath it all is Jaguar’s new scalable platform which will be used on a number of upcoming models. It’s mostly aluminium and helps to keep weight down to 1665kg in its lightest form. Overall, the body measures 4731mm in length, with a 2874mm wheelbase. At this size it sits in between the Audi Q5 and the large BMW X5.

Inside is a typically luxurious and modern decor, with crisp stainless-steel-like highlights and lots of leather. In the dash is a new 10.2-inch touch-screen interface with all of the usual connectivity and media functionality you’d expect, including Wi-Fi hotspot capability, while the driver gets a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster. In the very back is a 650-litre cargo area.

As for powertrain options, the F-PACE will initially come with the option of a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel producing 132kW, a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol generating 177kW, and a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 producing either 250kW or 280kW. A 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 will also be on offer, developing 220kW.

In 280kW form the F-PACE can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.1 seconds. Most variants come with all-wheel drive, however, the 2.0-litre units will be available with rear-wheel drive. The 2.0 diesel will also be offered with a manual transmission.

Jaguar F-PACE-back

Australian specs and prices are yet to be confirmed. It is expected to arrive some time in 2016 though. It will come in Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport, S, and First Edition trim levels.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.