Jaguar have just announced that they will bring the highly acclaimed C-X17 concept crossover into production, naming it the F-Pace. The sports crossover concept that first made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is expected to hit showrooms in 2016.
Speaking in Detroit, Andy Goss, Jaguar Land-Rover Global Sales Director said, âThe F-Pace has now begun its engineering and development testing programme ahead of the new model going on sale in 2016.â
Jaguar claim that exceedingly high demands from global markets inspired them to take the concept to production. This is an entirely new direction for the company who to date have never ventured beyond making sedans and sportscars. However, given the global demand for crossovers, the F-Pace should generate a highly sustainable business model for Jaguar in the future. The new crossover will be manufactured at a new lightweight technology facility coming up at Solihull which will generate some 1300 new jobs.
Headlining the F-Pace will be a new intelligent all-aluminium architecture showcased in the concept. This new architecture will be modular and scalable which means we will see several more crossovers and sedans in the near future aimed at various segments. This architecture is claimed to be lighter yet stiffer and more innovative than anything Jaguar have attempted before.
Powering the F-Pace will undoubtedly be a range of engines but it’s very likely that the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine called the Ingenium will be one of the main powerplants. A four-cylinder diesel powertrain will also be part of the package but specifications havenât been floated out on either engine Â yet.
The F-Pace will also get a new intelligent all-wheel drive system called the All-Surface Progress Control technology. This system will distribute torque between the front and rear wheels depending on the situation and need. Principal motive force will however be delivered to the rear wheels which makes this a fairly unique proposition in the crossover segment. In addition, the F-Pace will get torque vectoring to improve dynamics and even off-road ability although details are yet to be revealed about just how good this crossover will be away from tarmac. Whether Range-Rover has provided some of the off-road tech for this vehicle or if it’s going to be purely road-biased, is yet to be seen. However, what we do know is that the F-Pace will go up against the Porsche Macan which only means the package will be competitive in every respect.
Gauging from what was seen on the concept, the interiors will be sophisticated and fairly upmarket. Jaguar claim that the interior design will be centred around the driver, and we presume several of the cues seen on the concept may even make it to production. Range-Rover at least hasnât disappointed in this regard – the Evoque and even the new Range-Rover adopted most of the sensational inputs we saw on the concepts into production. Certain details like the layout of the dashboard, the premium quality materials and some state of the art features may see the light of day then.
Andy Goss, further said, âIn 2015 we will celebrate Jaguarâs 80th year. We have started it by announcing our first performance crossover which we consider to be the ultimate practical sportscar – a car that builds on the marqueâs founding ideals of Grace, Pace and Space to become one of the most innovative Jaguars weâve ever developed.â
Jaguar’s future continues to look bright and prosperous which also means owners Tata Motors will have a lot to cheer about in the coming years.
JAGUAR F-PACE: AN ALL-NEW PERFORMANCE CROSSOVER TO JOIN LINE-UP IN 2016
|ï· Jaguar announces F-PACE â the production version of the breakthrough C-X17 concept car
ï· A highly-efficient five-seat performance crossover underpinned by Jaguarâs innovative aluminium-intensive architecture and advanced suspension system
ï· All-weather, all-surface confidence and safety to be delivered by instinctive all-wheel drive and Jaguarâs revolutionary All-Surface Progress Control technology
ï· The Jaguar F-PACE will deliver an unrivalled blend of performance, style and practicality
11 January 2015: Jaguar has today confirmed it will introduce an all-new model to the Jaguar line-up, to go on-sale in 2016, named the Jaguar F-PACE.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, commented: âWe received such an overwhelmingly positive response to the C-X17 concept car last year that we just had to make it a reality.
âThe Jaguar F-PACE, inspired by the F-TYPE, represents a perfectly judged balance of performance, style and practicality. 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.â
The Jaguar F-PACE couples class-leading interior space and exceptional on-road dynamics with five-seat usability to produce a true performance crossover. It will encapsulate everything that Jaguar stands for: beautiful design, precise handling, a supple ride, luxurious interior finishes and cutting-edge technology.
Speaking in Detroit, Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Global Sales Director said: âIn 2015 we will celebrate Jaguarâs 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 marqueâs founding ideals of Grace, Pace and Space to become one of the most innovative Jaguars weâve ever developed. The F-PACE has now begun its engineering and development testing programme ahead of the new model going on sale in 2016.â
The F-PACE will be manufactured in Solihull, UK.
Further details of Jaguarâs all-new F-PACE will be revealed later this year - #FPACE
JAGUAR LAND ROVER REPORTS STRONG FULL YEAR SALES FOR 2014
|ï· Jaguar Land Rover delivers solid full year global sales retailing 462,678 vehicles in 2014, up 9%
ï· Jaguar delivers strongest full year performance in nearly a decade retailing 81,570 vehicles, up 6%
ï· Land Rover retails in high demand: 381,108 in 2014, up 9%
ï· Sales up across all key regions
ï· Global sales driven by award winning product portfolio
Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's leading manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles has achieved solid sales performance in 2014, retailing 462,678 vehicles, up 9% versus prior year. This is the companyâs 5th successive year of growth in sales.
Commenting on the full year performance Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director said: âJaguar Land Rover has once again outperformed prior year performance, with retails up across all of our key regions. With 12 significant new product actions planned for 2015 and the introduction of the new Jaguar XE and the Land Rover Discovery Sport, we anticipate retailing over half a million vehicles for the first time in the companyâs history.
2014 has been a year of significant achievements for Jaguar Land Rover, recognised by more than 100 international awards. We aim to make 2015 even better, by creating ever more exciting cars that deliver great customer experiences.â
Jaguar Land Roverâs global performance for the full year 2014 shows a balanced portfolio with sales up across all key regions: 122,010 in the China Region, up 28%; 96,505 for Overseas, up 1%; 86,310 in Europe, up 3%; 82,872 in the UK, up 7% and 74,981 in North America, up 2%.
Land Rover had its best ever year with sales reaching 381,108, up 9% year-on-year. The company sold more Range Rovers, Range Rover Sports and Range Rover Evoques in 2014 than ever before, on the back of continued strong customer demand.
Jaguar sales were up 6% for the year, retailing 81,570 vehicles. The F-TYPE, which has just completed its first full year of sales, continues to raise brand awareness around the world. The XF consistently drives Jaguar volumes and in 2014 has recorded its best year of sales to date. This is Jaguarâs strongest full year performance in nearly a decade. Â
Jaguar Land Rover has collected over 100 international awards and honours in 2014 for its products and for many other areas of the business. Heading the list is a prestigious 2014 Queenâs Award for Enterprise in International Trade, reflecting sustained success with global exports to over 170 countries. The official citation recognised Jaguar Land Roverâs âoutstanding overseas sales growth over the last three yearsâ.
It has also been a historic year for manufacturing, with the business expanding from three plants to five. Jaguar Land Rover opened its first ever overseas manufacturing plant, in China, as well as a new Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands. This facility, together with major recent investment and increased headcount at Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull, underlines Jaguar Land Roverâs commitment to the UK.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER ANNOUNCES 1,300 NEW UK JOBS TO ACCELERATE LEADERSHIP IN LIGHTWEIGHT VEHICLE MANUFACTURING
|â¢ 1,300 new jobs created with further development of lightweight vehicle technologies.
â¢ Breakthrough Jaguar performance crossover to be built at world-leading Solihull plant.
â¢ UKâs leading manufacturing investor set to extend expertise in aluminium as second
Jaguar model comes to âfactory within a factoryâ.
Detroit, USA: Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to create 1,300 new jobs as it continues to
accelerate its industry-leading expertise in aluminium and lightweight technologies. The news comes
following confirmation that the UKâs largest manufacturing investor will add a further new Jaguar
model to its product portfolio. The Jaguar performance crossover, set to go on sale in 2016, follows
the Jaguar XE into the new facilities within the world-renowned Solihull plant.
This latest announcement from the Detroit auto show will see Jaguar Land Roverâs Solihull
manufacturing plant continue to develop its world-class capability in aluminium vehicle construction
for which the company is synonymous. It also marks the start of an incredible year for the British
manufacturer who will deliver 12 significant product actions in the next 12 months alone.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth said: âTodayâs announcements once again demonstrate
our commitment to the UK and the advancement of a high-tech, high skilled, manufacturing-
âJaguar Land Rover is committed to delivering more great products. It is that innovation and
relentless quest for new technologies that sets our products apart. We want to offer customers
greater choice, with even more exciting vehicles, crafted with that special British flair. We
want to improve the quality of life for our customers and for our own employees, creating
opportunities for more people to be part of the Jaguar Land Rover experience.â
To support the introduction of its new aluminium and lightweight technologies Jaguar Land Rover
has already invested Â£1.5bn. The new facilities represent the largest single investment in the Solihull
plant in its 70 year history and created an impressive âfactory within a factoryâ. Incorporating Europeâs
largest aluminum body shop and final assembly hall - collectively the size of 22 football pitches, the
new state-of-the-art facilities bring the Jaguar brand to Solihull for the first time, and continues to
showcase the companyâs pioneering leadership in aluminum vehicle construction which dates back to
2003 with the introduction of the seventh generation Jaguar XJ.
As a result of the continued developments at Solihull, Jaguar Land Rover is creating an additional
1,300 new jobs at the site. Applications for the new roles are now being accepted and following its
commitment to enhancing employment opportunities for former service personnel in the wake of
the Invictus Games, Jaguar Land Rover is welcoming applications from military personnel who are
leaving or have left the services.
The expansion of the Solihull site is the outward expression of the continued drive to reinvigorate
every aspect of the company. Today, the plant builds world-renowned vehicles such as the Range
Rover, Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery and is home to the iconic Defender. Most recently,
the site has welcomed the first Jaguar in its history, with the introduction of the new Jaguar XE, which
begins production in the Spring.
Jaguar Land Rover continues on its path of measured and sustainable growth with record full year
retail sales in 2014 of 462,678, double that of 2008. A 2014/15 fiscal year investment of Â£3.75bn
in product creation has seen the introduction of a host of new and exciting products and business
expansion. The companyâs headcount has increased to 32,000, 10,000 more than were employed just
four years ago.