Jaguar said its new F-Pace will offer driving dynamics "unlike anything else in the segment" as the UK sports car maker takes aim at the Porsche Macan and BMW X4 with its first SUV-styled crossover.
Jaguar today released details of the F-Pace's chassis systems ahead of the crossover's unveiling at the upcoming Frankfurt auto show.
The F-Pace is set to become one of Jaguar’s two best-selling models alongside the XE midsize sedan after it joins the booming SUV/crossover segment next year. The U.S. and China are expected to be its biggest markets.
In a statement Jaguar was keen to emphasize that the crossover's performance will be in keeping with the brand's sports car heritage. It touted the the F-Pace's ability to perform on all surfaces including "twisting mountain passes, flowing country roads or high-speed motorway cruising."
"We haven't made any compromises or exceptions: the new F-Pace had to be a true Jaguar and had to deliver the [brand's] dynamics DNA," Mike Cross, Jaguar's chief engineer of vehicle integrity, said in the statement.
The F-Pace uses an electric power-assisted steering system combined with the torque vectoring technology first developed for F-Type sports car and a torque on-demand all-wheel drive system. The features enable the crossover to deliver "outstanding" agility in all weathers and on all surfaces, according to Jaguar.
Its double wishbone suspension at the front and integral link rear suspension enables the car to have "exceptional ride and handling," the statement said.