FRANKFURT, Germany — The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace compact luxury SUV, the first Jaguar aimed at families, will arrive at Jaguar dealerships in the spring, starting at $43,385. The all-new F-Pace debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Car shoppers will have their choice of two gasoline-powered F-Pace SUVs at launch in the U.S. The F-Pace with a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine is the base model. The other option is a 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, which starts at $57,695.
Both engine versions are shared with the Jaguar F-Type. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.
Later in 2016, a 180-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine will be added to the lineup. It will start with a base price of $41,985.
"Every Jaguar car should draw your eye from 200 meters away and I believe the presence of the all-new F-Pace on the road is second to none in this class," said Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design, in a statement.
The SUV features Jaguar's All Surface Progress Control technology, which helps the vehicle to maintain traction on slippery surfaces.
Based on Jaguar's aluminum architecture, the F-Pace "delivers agility, refinement and efficiency," the company said.
The EPA has not announced fuel-economy numbers on the F-Pace.
An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard. Buyers can also opt for a 10.2-inch touchscreen with Internet connectivity as an available option.
An unusual F-Pace element is the new Jaguar Activity Key, which is described as "wearable technology." Buyers get a waterproof wristband with an integrated transponder that allows the keyfob to be securely locked inside the vehicle.
Adding to the allure of the F-Pace is Jaguar EliteCare that offers free scheduled maintenance for 5 years or 60,000 miles.
To further rev up excitement about the F-Pace, Jaguar posted a YouTube video of the SUV completing a 360-degree loop to achieve a Guinness World Record.
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