Jaguar has released images and details of its new F-Pace SUV undergoing testing in some of the most gruelling climates on earth.
Set to debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the F-Pace will go on sale internationally in 2016.
Before that can happen though, development testing continues. As revealed in these images Jaguar is covering all bases.
Cold weather reliability testing takes place at Jaguar Land Rover’s Arjeplog facility in Northern Sweden. Temperatures there rarely exceed -15°C with extreme lows as cold as -40°C.
Stability control systems and all wheel drive tuning are put to the test on asphalt, snow, and ice. JLR’s purpose-built facility features over 60km of handling tracks, off road areas, inclines, and split friction surfaces.
At the other end of the scale, prototype vehicles are being baked alive on the desert roads of Dubai. Temperatures here can exceed 50°C in the shade, while interior temperatures can peak at 70°C in direct sunlight.
The test regime here puts climate control and infotainment functions to the test, to ensure they don’t wilt in the demanding conditions.
Cooling system effectiveness is also tested, at high speed and in stop-start traffic.
Sounds just about right to cope with a trip to Bondi in the middle of a sweltering Aussie summer, too.
“We've exhaustively tested the F-PACE in the most challenging conditions to ensure that it will exceed the expectations of our customers around the world." Andrew Whyman, Vehicle Programme Director for the F-PACE said.
"We 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.”
Development of the F-Pace has seen Jaguar test the coming SUV in conditions not previously used in the engineering program of other Jaguar models, no doubt benefiting from Land Rover’s experience.
The production F-Pace will sit on a version of JLR’s iQ[Al] Aluminium platform. Expect engines to borrow from the XE lineup, with high performance supercharged V6 and V8 variants a possibility down the track.
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