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Frankfurt LIVE: Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar\'s first crossover can hit 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds, thanks to a supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower.

Following a revealing teaser campaign, Jaguar has officially introduced its first utility vehicle, the F-Pace, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Engineers and designers collaborated to build a midsize crossover that is instantly recognizable as a Jaguar. The production model keeps close to the CX-17 concept that was unveiled two years ago, with a stance and proportions intended to mimic the British automaker's latest sedans. As the name implies, designers looked to the F-Type for inspiration.

"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," says Jaguar design director Ian Callum.

Underneath the skin, the F-Pace is a closer relative to the XE and XF sedans. All are built upon Jaguar's modular aluminum architecture, designed to slash weight while improving structural rigidity. One third of the F-Pace is produced from aluminum, while a composite tailgate and magnesium structural beams further contribute to the lightweight build. Thousands of rivets and plenty of structural adhesive bond the aluminum components to structural steel members, resulting in torsional stiffness that matches the new XF.

"We develop every Jaguar vehicle to offer an unrivaled combination of agility and responsiveness with exceptional ride and refinement - and the all-new F-Pace is no exception," said Jaguar's chief engineer for vehicle integrity, Mike Cross.

US buyers will have a choice between two supercharged 3.0-liter V6 powerplants, one with 340 horsepower and another tuned to deliver 380 ponies. Both are mated to an eight-speed transmission, sending power to all four wheels via a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. The company will also add a fuel-sipping Ingenium four-cylinder engine, which boasts 180 horsepower, but the downsized mill will not be available until later in 2016. A diesel variant will be headed to showrooms in Europe and other select markets.

Borrowed from the F-Type, the more powerful V6 engine is said to be capable of propelling the F-Pace to 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically capped at 155 mph.

Prices will start at $41,985 (including $995 freight) when the F-Pace arrives in showrooms. A specific launch date has not been announced yet, but will likely be limited to a CX-17-inspired top-trim First Edition model with 22-inch 15-spoke grey wheels, Rhodium Silver exterior paint, red brake calipers, Windsor soft-grain leather and other upgrades.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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