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Jaguar, joining key segment, prices F-Pace crossover from $43,385

I think for that kinda $$ I rather have a Kombi.

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September 14, 2015 - 2:15 pm ET -- UPDATED: 9/14/15 2:38 pm ET - adds production source
FRANKFURT -- The F-Pace, Jaguar’s first crossover, will be priced from $43,385 when it goes on sale in May as the luxury brand enters a key segment and aims to significantly boost U.S. sales.

The initial entry-level model with a 3.0-liter V-6 will produce 340 hp, while a 380-hp version of the same engine will start at $57,695, Jaguar said today.

A 2.0-liter diesel version with a base price of $41,895 will be available in September 2016. All prices include a shipping charge of $995.

Jaguar plans to market only all-wheel-drive variants of the crossover in the U.S.

The F-Pace gives Jaguar a vehicle to compete in the growing luxury crossover market that brand executives estimate will grow 40 percent to 1.2 million vehicles in four years.

“It will allow us to shift further to younger, more female and more connected customers with 90 percent of the people coming from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche,” said Steven De Ploey, Jaguar’s global marketing strategy director.

U.S. sales of compact premium crossovers have surged 53 percent to 174,847 this year through August. Overall, premium crossover demand has increased 18 percent to 522,687 vehicles in the U.S. this year.

Benchmark: Porsche

In developing and engineering the F-Pace, Jaguar benchmarked the Porsche Macan, which has a base price of $53,595, including shipping. It will also compete against the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and X5, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Jaguar executives say.

Jaguar executives have not given sales targets for the F-Pace. But last month, Jaguar Land Rover North America CEO Joe Eberhardt said the crossover and the all-new XE compact sport sedan that goes on sale in April would account for 40 percent of the brand’s U.S. deliveries in 2016.

Jaguar’s U.S. deliveries slipped 7 percent to 15,773 in 2014. The brand’s U.S. sales peaked at 61,204 in 2002 and haven’t topped 20,000 a year since 2006, making it the smallest mass luxury brand ranked by volume in America.

The F-Pace is 80 percent aluminum; only Jaguar’s full-size XJ sedan, which is 100 percent aluminum, relies on more of the lightweight metal. The aluminum architecture gives the crossover added agility, and the low weight contributes to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel’s fuel economy rating of 40 combined mpg.

The F-Pace has a 113-inch wheelbase and is 186.3 inches long, 86.6 inches wide and 65.5 inches high. The diesel version weighs 3,913 pounds; the gasoline version weighs 4,015 pounds. It seats five people with an elevated position in the back to give occupants of the three rear seats improved visibility.

All of the engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The all-aluminum supercharged V-6 engines are shared with the F-Type coupe and convertible. The 380 hp engine can accelerate the F-Pace from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and has an an electronically limited speed of 155 mph.

The new Ingenium 2.0-liter four cylinder diesel engine has 180 hp and 317 pounds-feet of torque.

New Activity Key

The F-Pace features the optional new generation of Jaguar’s InControl touchscreen infotainment system with a 10.2-inch screen and a 12.3-inch high-definition instrument cluster and a head-up display.

The optional InControl Wi-Fi feature can host up to eight devices. The crossover comes standard with four 12-volt plugs and four USB connectors.

Jaguar is also introducing an optional $400 Activity Key feature, a waterproof wristwatch-like device that can open or close the vehicle, with the standard key stored inside, in special circumstances. Users simply touch the letter J on the trunk decklid to open or secure the vehicle. Jaguar says the feature will allow owners to engage in sports and other activities without worrying about where to put the key.

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Influenced by F-Type

The F-Pace was designed by the same team that penned the C-X17 concept crossover shown two years at the Frankfurt auto show. Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar, said F-Pace styling was also influenced by Jaguar’s F-Type two-door models.

The F-Type has been heralded as the new face of Jaguar and serves as an image car for Jaguar as it revamps its product range and aims for higher sales to compete with the German luxury brands.

“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,” Callum said. “The lightweight aluminum architecture gave us the design freedom to create a car with latent poise -- a svelte car with attitude.”

The instrument panel is similar to those in the XE and redesigned XF sedans with the analogue dials and optional 12.3-inch instrument cluster.

Land Rover traction control

In addition to extensive use of aluminum, the F-Pace features a magnesium cross-car beam and front-end carrier as well as high-strength steel rear floor and doors.

The F-Pace does not use the same architecture of Land Rover or Range Rover SUVs because they are substantially heavier, Jaguar engineers say. But the crossover does use Land Rover’s All Surface Progress Control, which works like a low-speed cruise control and works on low-traction surfaces such as grass, snow and mud.

The F-Pace also has a forward-facing stereo camera and offers Jaguar’s first autonomous braking system with pedestrian detection.

It also has lane-departure warning and lane keeping assist systems. A traffic sign recognition system displaces the speed limit on the instrument cluster or head-up display.

The adaptive cruise control uses long-range radar to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and stop and restart with traffic.

Other optional features include blind-spot monitoring, reverse traffic detection and park assist.

The F-Pace will be assembled at Jaguar Land Rover’s factory in Solihull, U.K., alongside the Jaguar XE sports sedan.

Jaguar commands some of the highest average transaction prices among mass luxury brands in the U.S. But the brand's average transaction prices are expected to drop after the XE sport sedan and F-Pace crossover are introduced, boosting volume in key segments.
Make Average 2015 Transaction Price in U.S.
1 Porsche $95,675
2 Land Rover $78,558
3 Jaguar $68,609
4 Mercedes-Benz* $55,594
5 BMW $54,992
6 Cadillac $53,853
7 Audi $49,139
8 Infiniti $46,360
9 Lexus $45,924
10 Lincoln $45,029
11 Volvo $41,591
12 Acura $39,522
Total luxury $51,956
Source: Edmunds
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