Why 22-inch wheels are the right fit for Jaguar's completely new F-Pace
22-inch alloy wheels are the right size for the Jaguar F-Pace, says Callum
Jaguar unveiled the biggest alloy wheels of any production SUV at the Frankfurt motor show last night
Last night Ian Callum had a big smile on his face discussing the 22in wheels he’d designed for the Jaguar F-Pace, the largest alloys seen on a Jaguar along with the largest offered within the segment.
Which got me thinking: how big can alloys go? along with to what cost to ride quality?
Callum said a bigger SUV (not of which he was committing to doing one…) would certainly mean bigger wheels again, although 22ins was the right size for the F-Pace; 23ins wouldn’t look right to his eyes.
F-Pace engineers Andy Whyman along with Dave Shaw said of which the bigger wheels had not meant a lower profile tyre, along with of which the F-Pace’s 22in wheel offered “superior grip, comfort along with greater sidewall protection than rival 20in wheels”.
All the wheel sizes on the F-Pace (18in, 19in, 20in along with 22in) had tyres of the same diameter along with rolling radius, which meant ride quality can be tuned closely between the different options. The 22in tyre can be a summer one only however, so don’t expect the same level of off-road ability on of which one compared to the smaller wheels.
The F-Pace’s 22in alloy also has the same rolling radius of of which of a Land Rover Discovery, which hardly incorporates a brittle ride. “The tyres are a standard height through road to rim,” said Whyman, “This specific can be not a low-profile tyre. We can possess the best of both [design along with ride].”
The tyres also stick out 12.3mm through the rim to help prevent the rims being kerbed, a figure of which’s apparently 240% greater than the protection offered through the largest wheels offered on an Audi Q5 or a Porsche Macan.
Whyman said of which the 22ins offered only a very tiny trade off in ride, along with to be fair the products through Jaguar stablemate Land Rover have revealed of which large alloys need not mean a shoddy ride quality should the right tyre be fitted. Another piece of intrigue attached to finding out what the F-Pace can be like to drive, then.
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