Car News 24 Feb 2016

Extreme Weather Testing for Jaguar’s F-Pace SUV.

Extreme Weather Testing for Jaguar’s F-Pace SUV.

Jaguar has released a number of teaser images showing its F-Pace SUV being put through extreme weather condition testing, ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.  

The prototypes were tested in Dubai, in temperatures exceeding 50C, so as to check their cabin materials, cooling and air-conditioning systems. Similarly, at Jaguar’s testing facility in Arjeborg, north Sweden, the company takes advantage of the low temperatures, which can reach -40C, to test its F-Pace components to the limit, and to adjust its all-wheel drive system in handling tracks, mountain climbs, and other off-road areas.

Andrew Whyman, vehicle programme director on the F-Pace, said that Jaguar “…developed the F-Pace to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar, together with exceptional levels of ability and composure on all surfaces and in all weathers.’

Regarding its unusual name, Andy Goss, JLR operations director, explained that the “F” emphasises the SUV’s relationship with the F-Type sports car and the “Pace”, which means performance, recalls Jaguar’s famous ‘Grace, Pace, Space’ slogan of the 1950s and 1960s.

The F-Pace is due to go on sale in early 2016 and although further details and official pricing will be announced in September, a starting price of around £35,000 is expected.  

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