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New Jag F-Pace drops in on Knysna

  • All-New Jaguar F-Pace unveiled at Simola Hillclimb
  • New model arrives by helicopter
  • Price and order books opened
Jaguar F-Pace at Simola Hillclimb
BACK DOWN TO EARTH: Jaguar’s first SUV, the F-Pace, arrived by helicopter at the Simola Hillclimb for SA’s first look at the the car. Image: Motorpress / Jaguar SA

KNYSNA, South Africa – Jaguar’s all-new F-Pace had its official South African debut at the Jaguar-sponsored Simola Hillclimb on Sunday (May 8 2016) during the lunch break.

Jaguar’s first SUV was flown in on a platform slung below a giant Sikorsky helicopter which circled ‘Gasoline Alley’ and the event’s pits before being set down in view of thousands of spectators and then driven down Simola Hill by South African actor and Jaguar ambassador Sharlto Copley.

The car then went on display at the Simola golf course hotel.

Jaguar F-Pace at Simola Hillclimb
HOLLYWOOD COMES TO SIMOLA: Jaguar F-Pace ambassador Sharlto Copley was at the Simola Hillclimb for the Jaguar F-Pace launch. Image: Motorpress / Jaguar SA

Jaguar SA’s marketing director Lisa Mallett described the F-Pace as “the kind of car that you could drive across the country to visit Knysna and then take on the high-speed twists and turns of the challenging hill-climb”.

She added: “The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb was the perfect setting to unveil the F-Pace. It has dynamic capabilities and performance synonymous with Jaguar but also brings a new level of practicality and all-wheel drive ability to the brand.”

EIGHT-SPEED AUTO

The car, Jaguar says, has the brand’s aluminium-intensive architecture, is light and agile. “It also retains Jaguar’s sports-car DNA with double-wishbone front suspension – the same design as on our XE and XF sport sedans.”

Power comes from a three-litre supercharged V6 capable of 280kW that drives through an eight-speed auto transmission with the potential to launch from rest to 100km/h in 5.5sec and, despite having all-wheel drive, “retains the rear-wheel drive feel of Jaguar’s sports cars”.

Even rear passengers will have power adjustment for their heatable and reclinable seats.

WATCH the Jaguar F-Pace Simola flypast

Passengers will have access to heated- and electrically reclining rear seats. They and those up front can while away the drive with a comprehensive entertainment centre and the driver has a 31cm virtual instrument cluster and laser head-up display.

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The F-Pace will also introduce the Jaguar Activity Key – a wearable accessory that also double as a key fob.

The Jaguar F-Pace will be in South African showrooms from July 2016 with prices starting at R776 800 but order books are already open. For more information visit the Jaguar SA website.

Jaguar F-Pace at Simola Hillclimb
LANDING STRIP: Jaguar’s first ‘sport utility vehicle’, the F-Pace, at the start line after ‘dropping in’ for a first official viewing during the 2016 Simola Hillclimb. Image: Motorpress / Jaguar SA

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