Like a speeding meteorite, the all new Jaguar F-Pace was unveiled in Lagos by Coscharis Motors amidst sparkles and meteorite-like lighting spectacle. The stunning launch held on July 21st at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos in the presence of VIPs, special guests and media personalities. The F-PACE equipped with a supercharged V6 petrol engine is a performance SUV that has been designed and engineered to offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement as all Jaguars. Elements such as slender full-LED headlights, forged 22-inch wheels and class-leading luggage compartment with up to 650 liters of storage space, ensure that the F-Pace stands out in the pack of performance SUV’s.
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. The F-PACE can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
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.
Using state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics simulations and applying lessons learnt from the XE and All-New XF, the All-New F-PACE has a drag coefficient of only 0.34, helping to reduce fuel consumption and improve refinement. The vehicle is also engineered for exceptionally low lift and excellent lift balance front-to-rear, resulting in better steering feel and stability at higher speeds.
“The All-New F-PACE is a Jaguar that customers around the world demanded that we make. The targets we set are among the most challenging we’ve ever had to deliver but I’m proud to say that the All-New F-PACE meets or exceeds every one of them,” says Kevin Stride, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar F-PACE. “This is a performance SUV with outstanding dynamics yet also delivers a smooth, quiet ride”.
The All-New F-PACE’s torque on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) system is Jaguar’s most sophisticated yet, and has the highest torque capacity. It features the advanced, in-house control system first developed for F-TYPE AWD: Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD). IDD preserves rear-wheel drive agility and handling character but can seamlessly transfer torque to the front wheels to exploit the performance benefits of extra traction, on all surfaces and in all weathers.
Adaptive Surface Response (ASR), developed from Land Rover’s patented, award-winning Terrain Response technology, makes the AWD system even more effective in challenging conditions. Integrated into Jaguar Drive Control, ASR identifies the type of surface and optimises the mapping of the powertrain and Dynamic Stability Control system. First launched in the All-New XF, ASR has been enhanced by a third mode designed for gravel.
Another world-class technology developed for adverse conditions is All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). To make the most of the available grip, ASPC automatically controls the throttle and the brakes, enabling the vehicle to pull away smoothly: the driver just has to steer. ASPC functions between 3.6km/h and 30km/h, and the driver selects the desired speed using the cruise control switches.
For drivers who want similar results but still want to use the accelerator pedal, there’s Low-Friction Launch (LFL). This function uses a very progressive throttle map, making the vehicle easier to control, and the All-New F-PACE is the first Jaguar to offer it.
Locking the All-New F-PACE using the Activity Key will disable any keyfobs left inside. Activity Key works on the same RF frequencies as the other keys and is used to lock and unlock the vehicle by holding it in close proximity to the J of the Jaguar lettering on the tailgate. Activity Key has no battery, so you never have to worry about changing it.
According to Dr. Cosmas Maduka, President, Coscharis Motors, Coscharis Motors will be offering a five year warranty on the Jaguar F-PACE. Test drives are also available for the Jaguar F-PACE. Pricing for the All-New Jaguar F-PACE is available from Coscharis Motors.
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