[YesAuto Technology] In 1935, a car brand with the running cheetah as its registered trademark was born in the UK. For 80 years, they have been known for producing cars and sports cars that are as fast and elegant as the Cheetah; 80 years later, a car brand in this brand genealogy The SUV model that has never appeared in China has been born, becoming the most innovative model under the brand, and it also brings together the most advanced design concepts and car-making technology of the group. This car is F-PACE, the Jaguar brand's first SUV model in 80 years.
● Shape design: full of “leopard flavor”
For Jaguar, who has never built an SUV, what is the most important point in the design of an SUV? The answer is: it must be obvious at a glance that this is a Jaguar. This does not seem to be a big challenge for Ian Callum, Jaguar's global design director. This senior designer who has designed Jaguar XK, XF and XJ models led his team to successfully create a new family design language for Jaguar. Therefore, in F-PACE, you can see a new era. The design elements of Jaguar models are pervasive in all parts of the car.
How can the vehicle look strong and powerful? Oversized wheels are a good choice. Although it cannot be compared with the 23-inch “big feet” on the C-X17 concept car, the 22-inch wheels of the F-PACE production version are absolutely second to none in its class. We once asked Yan Kailun whether matching such a large wheel for a mass-produced model would receive a “protest” from the engineering team? “Not at all,” Yan Kailun said. In this regard, there will be no conflict with the engineering team. In fact, Jaguar engineers also want 22-inch wheels, so they will work hard to make it a reality.
Generally speaking, F-PACE's body shape design is a master of modern Jaguar family design elements. These elements are cleverly integrated, and corresponding changes have been made to the characteristics of SUV models, thus creating an elegant and smooth line. , A mid-sized SUV full of tension and full of muscle, and more importantly, it looks like a typical Jaguar. There is no doubt that Karen Yan and his team have once again succeeded in this regard.
● Aerodynamics: drag coefficient 0.34
For a vehicle that emphasizes sports performance, taming airflow is its compulsory homework. The taller body and larger windward area of an SUV usually bring higher air resistance, which is important for dynamic performance, noise control, and fuel economy. Sex can have an adverse effect. However, it is precisely because of the Jaguar-style smooth body lines that F-PACE has a drag coefficient of 0.34, which is already a good result for a medium-sized SUV.
● Interior design: slightly plain
Unlike the well-received exterior design, F-PACE's interior design looks slightly conservative, and the overall look is like a replica of the XE sedan interior. It should be said that it is not uncommon for new SUV models to use the interior design of previous cars on the same platform, such as Mercedes-Benz's GLC-class and C-class. But perhaps because the F-PACE's exterior design is too stunning, or the XE's interior design is indeed relatively plain, many people still have some criticisms about the interior of the final production version of F-PACE.
Facing the issue of interior style, Yan Kailun said that based on the positioning of F-PACE models, the interior design of concept cars could not be realized on mass-produced models due to cost reasons. But at the same time, he also said that Jaguar is in F-PACE. A large number of high-end materials, such as leather, are used in the interior of PACE to increase the luxury of vehicle interiors. Can these measures make domestic picky consumers buy it? It is obviously too early to draw conclusions.
● Body structure: all aluminum alloy structure
Although F-PACE is not the first Jaguar model to adopt an all-aluminum alloy architecture, the concept of “intelligent all-aluminum architecture” was first brought to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show by the predecessor of F-PACE, the C-X17 concept car. Coming. The modular design of the architecture makes it highly flexible and can derive products of different levels and sizes. The XE sedan is the first mass-produced model to adopt this architecture, and of course F-PACE also applies this Jaguar brand. The latest aluminum alloy body technology.
The lightweight body not only brings better fuel economy, but also greatly enhances the vehicle's handling experience. As a brand with a long history of competition, Jaguar has 14 years of history in aluminum alloy body manufacturing. The application of the all-aluminum body structure will bring a lighter driving experience to the F-PACE, which emphasizes sports performance.
● Chassis suspension: emphasizing dynamics
When talking about F-PACE, Jaguar's engineering developers can't help but talk about the Porsche Macan. Obviously, they have always regarded Macan as F-PACE's most direct competitor. Since it wants to shake Macan's position in this level, then F-PACE of course has to challenge it in terms of the opponent's best sports performance. In terms of chassis suspension, F-PACE will of course take out all the housekeeping skills of Jaguar.
F-PACE’s double-wishbone front suspension is not the only one in this class, but it is very characteristic. The lower arm uses two aluminum forged links. At first glance, its lower arm is disassembled like many models. It is two connecting rods (the lower arm of the front suspension of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi is a two-link structure), but you will find that there is only one swing arm and wheel bearing seat (steering knuckle). The connection point, the kinematics point set in this way remains unchanged, but the three-point lower swing arm is simply decomposed into two rods. The horizontal rod independently bears the lateral force and has strong design rigidity. The inclined rod passes through the softer Support to improve comfort, this structure has also appeared on XE cars.
In terms of rear suspension, F-PACE uses a multi-link rear suspension. The most obvious feature is the use of a large hollow cast aluminum alloy H-arm at the position of the lower swing arm. Together with the forged aluminum upper swing arm, the Reduced the unsprung mass of the rear axle part. Jaguar engineers stated that the lateral rigidity of the F-PACE rear suspension will be 35% higher than that of the Macan.
In addition to the ordinary passive suspension, Jaguar has also selected an active suspension with adjustable damping for F-PACE. Through the InControl on-board interactive system on the center console, the driver can control the steering, throttle, and gearbox of the vehicle. And the suspension damping is individually adjusted to meet the driving needs in different road conditions.
It can be said that the F-PACE chassis suspension combines the advantages of the sports car XE and the sports car F-TYPE, and at the same time it has been specifically adjusted for the characteristics of the SUV model. When communicating with Jaguar's engineers, they can feel their confidence in the face of Porsche Macan, a strong opponent known for its sportiness and handling. In my opinion, F-PACE, which already has the successful experience of its predecessors, has no reason to mess up the chassis suspension, but whether it can truly defeat Porsche, it needs to be verified by actual combat in the future.
● Power system: Alternate new and old
Although Jaguar Land Rover Group is already conducting research and development on a new engine family, so far, only one 2.0T four-cylinder diesel engine in its “independent” Ingenium engine series has been mass-produced on the market, so on F-PACE, only this This engine can be regarded as a new face. In addition, the 3.0L TDV6 diesel engine, the 2.0T four-cylinder gasoline engine from Ford and the 3.0L V6 supercharged engine are old acquaintances.
Gasoline (low power)
Gasoline (high power)
8.9 seconds (2WD)/
8.7 seconds (4WD)
All engines will match the 8AT automatic gearbox provided by ZF. The gearbox model for the four-cylinder engine is 8HP45, and the six-cylinder engine is 8HP70. In addition, the Ingenium 2.0T diesel engine can also choose a 6MT manual gearbox to satisfy European consumers who can’t keep their left foot free.
● Human-Computer Interaction: Cooperation with Bosch
We have introduced in detail the mySPIN in-vehicle interconnection system launched by Bosch. As the first OEM to mass-produce its application, Jaguar Land Rover adopted the mySPIN system as the standard configuration of the F-PACE model and has its own name: InControl Touch system. On F-PACE, two versions of the InControl Touch system can be selected: the entry-level InControl Touch and the high-end InControl Touch PRO. We have previously experienced the non-production version of InControl Touch (click to view), and the overall feeling is that the response speed is slightly slower, but what about the production version this time, we also hope to test it again in the future.
Drivers can use smartphones and InControl App to connect with F-PACE. Among them, the Remote Essentials remote control function can display whether the door is locked, whether the window is closed, the remaining fuel level and the last parking place of the vehicle, and can even indicate the storage of glass water. The advanced remote control function of Remote Premium allows you to lock or unlock the car remotely by using your smartphone, and you can receive a warning message when the alarm sounds. If you forget the parking location, the buzzer and flashing functions can help the driver find the vehicle, which is more practical in large, multi-storey parking lots.
For automatic models, the remote control function allows the driver to remotely control the engine, turn on the air conditioning in the car in advance, bring the cabin to a preset temperature, and provide up to 30 minutes of engine running time. If the vehicle is in a serious collision and the airbag pops up, the InControl Protect function will automatically notify emergency services and provide GPS positioning of the vehicle. Passengers can also press a special button on the roof console to manually trigger an emergency call. We will carry out corresponding experience and testing of all these functions after the vehicle is on the market.
● Active safety: provide multiple protections
As the first SUV model created by Jaguar, F-PACE also brings together the most advanced active safety system currently owned by Jaguar Land Rover Group. Including ASPC all-road condition adaptive control system, RTD reversing traffic detection system, AEB automatic emergency braking system, LDW lane deviation warning system, and LKA lane keeping assist system, etc., all debuted, providing F-PACE owners with intelligence and reliability Security.
to sum up:
As the first SUV model of the Jaguar brand, F-PACE integrates the most mainstream and advanced concepts and technologies of the Jaguar Land Rover Group in terms of internal and external design, mechanical structure, or electronic system. Therefore, it is definitely a masterpiece. Innovative models. The launch of F-PACE is not only a heavy gift for Jaguar’s 80th birthday, but also an important weight for the 5-year-old Jaguar Land Rover Group in the SUV market.
In the face of a competitor in the luxury mid-size SUV market, Jaguar pointed the F-PACE's gun head directly at the brand’s most powerful rival in this category, the Porsche Macan, which has the most appealing power and sports performance, and has targeted in all aspects. Sexual development and design. How big is Jaguar's chance of winning? Will potential consumers of Macan be attracted by F-PACE? All this will not be revealed until the new car is on the market.