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Jaguar readies F-PACE crossover

Tested at temperature extremes from Dubai to Sweden

Published: July 30, 2015, 12:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 1:47 PM

2016 Jaguar F-PACE crossover utility vehicle

The Jaguar F-PACE crossover utility vehicle is nearing its September 2015 public unveiling by working out in the world’s temperature extremes.

The first utility vehicle from Jaguar has been undergoing exhaustive performance testing in deserts of Dubai, where temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius, and then cooling off in Northern Sweden, where temperatures can drop to -40. It is undergoing one of most demanding test programs the company has ever devised with the aim of making sure that every vehicle system functions perfectly for all customers, no matter where they may live in this world.

“We developed the F-PACE to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar car, together with new levels of ability and composure on a variety of surfaces and weather conditions,” said, Andrew Whyman, Vehicle Program Director, Jaguar F-PACE. “Just as we paid obsessive attention to detail over the engineering of every single component, 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.”

2016 Jaguar F-PACE crossover utility vehicle

In Dubai, ambient temperatures can exceed 50 degrees Celsius in the shade, and vehicle cabin temperatures can exceed 70 when vehicles are left out in direct sunlight. It provided the perfect ambience for testing out climate control systems, and making sure infotainment touchscreens function properly. The F-PACE was also tested under very high load in city traffic to make sure its cooling system was up to speed in high-temperature/low-airflow conditions.

At the Jaguar Land Rover test facility in Arjeplog, Sweden, the F-PACE was driven on 60 km of purpose built handling tracks, mountain climbs, inclines, split-friction straights and off-road areas in order to optimize the all-wheel drive system, Dynamic Stability Control and technologies such as Jaguar’s All-Surface Progress Control (a form of cruise control that can work effectively in low traction conditions, where the use of cruise control isn’t recommended).

And to make sure it could make the transition, the F-PACE was also tested on gravel mountain passes (a first for a Jaguar evaluation program) to make sure it performed impeccably for its drivers in precarious situations.

The F-PACE is expected to go on sale in North America in mid-2016 with price points announced closer to launch. We’ll know more about the vehicle’s specs when it debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the fall of 2015.