2017 Jaguar F-Pace S First Edition

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Some might have been surprised. We weren’t. When Jaguar strutted its stunning, high-performance C-X17 concept on the international auto show circuit, we knew we’d soon be driving an all-new SUV made by this luxury marque known for creating fast cats that, until now, have taken the shape of sports cars and sedans. Jag’s first sport ute enters into the hottest segment of the global market that has attracted not only all mainstream manufacturers over the past two decades but nearly every top-end luxury auto purveyor as well.

Motivated by its standard all-aluminum 340hp 3.0L V-6 and torque-on-demand all-wheel drive, F-Pace has top speed of 155 mph and 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. An optional 380hp powertrain drops the 0-60 time to 5.1 seconds. Powertrain options include the aforementioned high-performance 380hp version of the V-6 and a 180hp 2.0L I-4 turbodiesel that will come later in the year. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control and steering-wheel-mounted paddles. Top towing capacity is rated at 5,290 pounds. In addition to its all-aluminum engines, aluminum is used throughout the chassis in an effort to keep it as svelte as possible, tipping the scales at just more than 4,000 pounds…

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