Jaguar's 2017 F-Pace is exceptionally pretty. After all, Jags are supposed to be exceptionally pretty. But this is the first Jaguar that's also a crossover SUV. The F-Pace has a true feline presence, with fenders that seem to muscle up over the tires and a face that is easy to imagine as a pouncing cat. The windshield is raked, the cabin glass swoops back to the tail, and the hood is dominated the power bulge that features on all Jags. It's a look that's instantly recognizable as a Jaguar.
Despite the rakish looks and sleek roofline, the F-Pace is sized for the mainstream of the crossover SUV market — it's not large, but not dinky, either. The interior design is nearly as fashionable as the exterior with exceptionally comfortable seats.
Jag offers five trim levels: base F-Pace, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport and S. The equipment levels and wheel diameters both grow in each subsequent trim level. Base power comes in the form of a 340-horsepower, 3.0-liter supercharged V6. With the F-Pace S, Jag fortifies that engine to the tune of 380 hp. Also optional is a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel-powered four-cylinder, which gets a frugal 29 mpg in EPA-estimated combined driving.
All F-Paces come with standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the base trim, Jaguar provides a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats and an 8-inch touchscreen interface. The Premium is pretty similar, but the F-Pace Prestige adds a lot more including xenon headlights, a Cold Weather package and a navigation system. R-Sport and S top off the F-Pace range with special styling details, extra safety features, sport front seats and more.
In the crowded world of luxury crossovers, the F-Pace is a fascinating new entry for 2017. It isn't for everyone, but to determine if it's right for you make use of all the tools here on Edmunds. And then let us put you in contact with a great dealer to get an outstanding deal.
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