New Jaguar F-PACE to support Team Sky in Utrecht

Jaguar has announced that a prototype version of its new F-PACE crossover will make its debut this Saturday, supporting Team Sky in the Tour de France.

The first-ever crossover from the marque is due to be officially revealed later in the year, with part of its final testing stages including the F-PACE’s trip to the Tour de France’s opening in Utrecht.

Designed as a real-world assessment of its performance, durability and packaging, the F-PACE support vehicle will carry a crew of four people including a doctor and mechanic.

Final stages of testing

Team Sky rider and former Tour de France winner Chris Froome said: “The F-PACE is awesome. It has all of the same high performance road dynamics and support package the team gets from its Jaguar’s vehicles, only this time in a performance crossover.”

First announced in January this year, the Jaguar F-PACE is based on the C-X17 concept unveiled in Frankfurt back in 2013, and marks a radical new direction for the British manufacturer.

Kevin Stride, vehicle line director for the F-PACE, said: “The Jaguar F-PACE is a striking balance of performance, style and practicality, and what better way to showcase the vehicle’s attributes than on this crucial first leg of the Tour de France.”

The concept model will also come with a special camouflage wrap in order to keep the finer aspects of its design covered until its official reveal later this year.

“The F-PACE is awesome!”

Mr Stride added: “To mark the reveal of the Team Sky F-PACE and because the car is under wraps until its global reveal later in the year, Jaguar has produced a special camouflage.

“It depicts unique carbon textures, rubber and chains interspersed with the iconic Team Sky design to create a stunning, rich, layered effect which will keep the exact design details of the F-PACE secret until later this year.”

The first SUV-style model produced by Jaguar, the company claims that it will still encapsulate Jaguar’s reputation for design, handling prowess and luxurious interior finishes.

Specifications are still firmly under wraps, but it’s expected that the F-PACE will come with a lightweight aluminium bodyshell and high-output engine like the C-X17 concept.

More details to be revealed this year

Upon its unveiling two years ago, Jaguar claimed that the C-X17 could reach speeds of more than 186mph with CO2 emissions under 100g/km, so it’s expected that the F-PACE will follow suit.

Other potential features include leather seats, an in-car Wi-Fi network and a special heads-up display similar to the tech recently announced by Jaguar.

More details are due to be released later this year, before the new Jaguar F-PACE goes on sale in dealerships from 2016 onwards.