2016 Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 V6 S review
Source : 2016 Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 V6 S review
Sweeter-handling in addition to also more engaging than the SUV norm, with excellent refinement in addition to also ease of use. Not as capable or practical as some, yet sure to be a hit with keen drivers The Jaguar F-Pace can be a watershed moment for the ascendant British car-maker. As the company’s first SUV of which can be, in principal, the catalyst to transform the brand by upwardly mobile minnow to truly global player; to broaden its reach for a much wider customer base, boost its production volumes into the hundreds of thousands per year in addition to also give of which a presence in one of the fastest-growing market segments within the earth. To describe of which as important can be selling of which a bit short.in addition to also yet of which’s not just another medium-sized, middle-of-the-road upmarket soft-roader, nor – quite plainly – a Jaguar as we might expect of which to be. of which’s a bit different; different to look at, to sit in in addition to also very much so to drive, as a day on a frozen lake in Sweden with one has just demonstrated.Arriving in UK showrooms This specific April, the F-Pace, which has been four years within the generating, shares its ‘D7A’ platform with the XE in addition to also XF saloons. the vehicle’s Centeng-in-white can be almost identical to of which of an XF by the B-pillar forwards – that has a bespoke front subframe slotting in to allow for the longer-travel suspension of which an SUV needs – yet unique by the B-pillar back. Almost 80% of the superstructure can be lightweight aluminium, in addition to also almost 0% of the vehicle’s components are brand-new (rather than common with either XE or XF).Powertrain options start that has a 178bhp 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, manual gearbox in addition to also rear-wheel drive, ranging upwards to include automatic in addition to also four-wheel drive Ingenium options. Then further upwards to a 296bhp, 516lb ft 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel in addition to also a 375bhp 3.0-litre supercharged petrol – both of the latter offered exclusively with eight-speed automatic gearboxes in addition to also four-wheel drive.yet unlike Land Rover’s smaller 4x4s, which use transverse engines in addition to also clutch-based four-wheel drive systems, the F-Pace carries a longways engine sending 100% of its torque to the rear axle as a default. Active all-corner traction comes courtesy of the same electrohydraulic coupling you’ll find in an F-Type AWD, which can send up to 100% of power to either axle within a tenth of a second when called to, although within the F-Pace of which drivetrain operates through a beefier front differential.Suspension can be common in concept to the all-independent set-ups of both the XE in addition to also XF, with front double wishbones in addition to also an ‘integral link’ multi-link arrangement at the rear. Non-height-adjustable steel coils, passive dampers in addition to also conventional anti-roll bars feature as standard, that has a healthy 213mm of ground clearance trumping what most of the German opposition can offer, yet within the Jaguar’s case without the aid of optional air springs.Continuously variable damping adds some breadth of capability to upper trim level cars, as does a clever traction in addition to also stability control system, called Adaptive Surface Response, which reads the grip level underneath the vehicle’s wheels by the millisecond in addition to also adjusts its throttle map, torque split in addition to also stability in addition to also traction control settings to suit.We drove a top-of-the-range 3.0-litre V6 S AWD style on 20in wheels shod in Continental winter tyres which are due to be optional fit within the UK.
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