By Theodore Opara
The President of Coscharis Group, Dr. Cosmos Maduka has described the all new Jaguar F-Pace Sport Utility Vehicle, SUV as iconic vehicle, that would boost the company’s market share. Dr. Maduka who spoke at the unveiling of the first ever Jaguar SUV at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on Friday, said that though Jaguar has been making luxury Sedans and Sports cars in the past, the arrival of the Jaguar F-Pace shows that Jaguar is master of the trade.
“Jaguar got it perfectly right on first attempt and there is not doubt that the F-Pace will rule its Class,’’ the Coscharis boss said. The All-New Jaguar F-PACE is a performance SUV is now available in Nigeria and sub-Sahara African markets. Designed and engineered to offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement that all Jaguars are renowned for, it combines with unrivalled dynamics with everyday versatility.
Developed using Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, the All-New F-PACE combines purity of line, surface and proportion with F-TYPE-inspired features such as the powerful rear haunches, fender vents and distinctive tail light graphics.
The bold front grille and the muscular bonnet hint at the performance potential from the supercharged V6 engines. Elements such as slender full-LED headlights, forged 22-inch wheels and short front overhang carry the design vision of the C-X17 concept through to production.
The All-New F-PACE seats five occupants in absolute comfort. The interior is a perfect blend of premium materials and finishes, exquisite detailing, luxuries such as heated, electrically reclining rear seats, and cutting-edge technologies including the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster.
“By remaining absolutely true to our design principles the All-New F-PACE is immediately recognisable as a Jaguar,” says Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar. “It offers all of the interior space you would expect – and more – but because of our disciplined approach to surfaces, proportions, and purity of line, we have designed what I consider to be the most balanced, most attractive vehicle in its class” The Lightweight Aluminium Architecture gave the design and engineering teams the ideal starting point. It was created from the outset as a modular structure, so the wheels can be positioned exactly where they are needed to deliver the proportions, dynamics, and practicality essential for a performance SUV.
The wheelbase and track are not shared with any other Jaguar. At 4,731mm long and with a 2,874mm wheelbase, the All-New F-PACE offers the sleek profile and short front overhang characteristic of Jaguar design together with an exceptionally spacious interior. Rear knee-room is class-leading and the luggage compartment remains large – with a full-sized spare well as standard.
The light, stiff body structure comprises 80 per cent aluminium, and is the only aluminium-intensive monocoque in the segment. Additional weight savings come from the composite tailgate and magnesium for parts such as the cross-car beam. With the 280kW supercharged V6 petrol engine from the F-TYPE under its sculpted aluminium bonnet, the All-New F-PACE can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. F-PACE is lightweight, too, weighing as little as 1,820kg.
The body’s high torsional stiffness enables the F-TYPE-derived double wishbone front suspension and sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension to perform even better. Together with Torque Vectoring as standard and an Electric Power Assisted Steering system tuned to give the best possible feel and response, the All-New F-PACE sets the benchmark for ride and handling.
Even the entry-level model benefits from monotube dampers as standard, but for even better ride and handling the electronically-controlled Adaptive Dynamics system measures body and wheel movement 100 and 500 times a second respectively, ensuring optimum damping forces in all conditions.
For the most enthusiastic drivers there’s Configurable Dynamics: first used in the F-TYPE, this feature allows individual settings for the throttle, automatic transmission, steering, and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics system.