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Tony O'Kane | Sep, 15 2015 | 3 Comments

Jaguar's first-ever crossover, the F-Pace, has made its official debut on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the English automaker detailing its specifications in full and revealing a 280kW supercharged V6 flagship for the range.

Four engines will power the range with a mixture of two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivetrains.

In Europe there will be a 132kW 2.0 litre turbo diesel available in RWD with a manual transmission, or as an AWD in manual or automatic guise.

Next up is a 176kW 2.0 litre petrol auto-only RWD model, followed by a 220kW 3.0 litre turbo diesel V6 AWD auto. All automatic models feature eight speeds as standard

At the top end are two supercharged V6 models, which use the F-Type's 3.0 litre V6 in either 250kW or 280kW trim.

In Australia only AWD models will be offered, meaning the engine range will comprise the 132kW 2.0-litre diesel automatic AWD; 220kW 3.0-litre diesel automatic AWD and the 250kW and 280kW 3.0-litre petrol automatic AWD.

Fuel consumption for those models are listed at 5.3 l/100km for the 2.0 diesel, 6.0 l/100km for the 3.0 diesel and 8.9 l/100km for both the 250kW and 280kW V6 petrols.

And for our market the range structure will consist of the F-Pace Prestige, F-Pace Portfolio, F-Pace R-Sport, F-Pace S, and the limited-production, V6-only F-Pace First Edition.

Built around Jaguar's Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, the F-Pace is around 80 percent aluminium. Further weight savings come from a plastic tailgate and magnesium structural elements, while the suspension arms are almost all alloy.

At 1,775kg for the 132kW diesel AWD model it's no featherweight, but in the context of a crossover it's relatively svelte. No wonder then that the 280kW supercharged V6 model can go from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds.

The F-Pace's on-demand AWD system normally sends all of the engine's torque to the rear wheels by default, but can distribute it between the front and rear axles quickly thanks to an automatic wet-plate clutch in the transfer case.

Jaguar touts the system's reaction speed as being ultra-quick, being able to snap from 100 percent rear drive to a 50:50 front/rear torque split in just 165 milliseconds.

Its all-weather grip is augmented by Jaguar's automatic Adaptive Surface Response terrain mode system, which is able to configure the car for multiple surface types including snow, gravel, ice, wet tarmac, dry tarmac, deep snow and deep gravel.

ASR can switch modes on-the-fly, and can operate without intervention from the driver.

Two suspensions will be available too; a conventional setup with fixed springs and dampers, and an intermediate suspension with electronically-controlled damping force.

In some models, settings for gearbox shift speed, engine response, steering weight and suspension firmness will be customisable by the driver.

Measuring in at 4,731mm long and with a 2,874mm wheelbase, the F-Pace lies somewhere between the Audi Q5 and BMW X5 in terms of size and straddles the medium and large SUV segments.

However as a strict five-seater, the F-Pace is pitched more as a larger medium SUV than a true X5/Q7 rival.

For passenger space, Jaguar claims the F-Pace's rear knee room is the best in its class. The rear seats can also be optioned with an electric reclining function.

Five USB ports can be had, and media from the infotainment system can be streamed to tablets via the car's integrated HDMI ports.

Seats-up cargo volume measures a generous 650 litres and the boot floor is reversible - carpet on one side, a grippy rubberised mat on the other.

The F-Pace will also debut a number a firsts for Jaguar. It will be the first model offered with pedestrian-detecting auto emergency braking, the first with a laser head-up display, and the first with Jaguar's Activity Key - a waterproof wristband that can lock the car and be worn while swimming.

Expect a local launch around mid-2016, with firmer pricing and specifications to be revealed then.

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