The All-New Jaguar F-PACE made its official South African debut at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, today. During the scheduled lunchtime break at country’s premier motorsport event, fans were treated to an aerial display that saw the Jaguar F-PACE make a grand arrival by helicopter.
The F-PACE was mounted to a custom vehicle platform that was rigged via cable. Carrying the entire assembly was a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter, which circled Gasoline Alley and the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb competitor pits allowing thousands of spectators to see the arrival of Jaguar’s first-ever SUV.
“The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is the perfect setting for unveiling the anticipated F-PACE. It offers dynamic capabilities and performance synonymous with Jaguar, but also brings a new level of practicality and AWD capability to the brand,” said Lisa Mallett, Marketing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. “F-PACE is the kind of car that you could drive across the country to visit Knysna, and then take on the high-speed twists and turns of the challenging hillclimb road.”
Following its aerial arrival, the F-PACE was set down at the top of Simola Road. Home-grown hero, Hollywood actor and Jaguar ambassador Sharlto Copley took the F-PACE for its maiden voyage down the Simola hill. After a photo opportunity in front of spectators, Copley then drove the newest model in Jaguar’s range to its display at the Simola Hotel.
Built on Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture, the F-PACE is lightweight and agile. It also retains Jaguar’s sports car DNA thanks to a double-wishbone front suspension layout and integral link rear suspension – the same design employed on the the company’s XE and XF sport sedans.
It is equipped with a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine producing 280kW and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which offers drivers manual control through steering wheel-mounted paddles. This allows the F-PACE to rocket from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds, while Jaguar’s high-performance all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics and Torque Vectoring by Braking ensures dynamic capabilities and traction in all road conditions, while retaining the rear-wheel drive feel of Jaguar’s sports cars.
With seating for five occupants – including ample legroom for rear passengers – the luxurious interior of the Jaguar F-PACE is a perfect blend of premium materials and finishes, as well as exquisite detailing. Passengers will have access to heated- and electrically reclining rear seats, while drivers benefit from cutting-edge technologies like the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, a 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster, and a laser head-up display. F-PACE will also introduce Jaguar’s revolutionary Activity Key – a wearable accessory that also serves as a key fob, designed for those with active lifestyles.
The Jaguar F-PACE goes on sale in July 2016 with prices starting at R776 800. Visit your nearest dealer to find out more or to place your order. www.jaguar.co.za.