NEWS: Jaguar's All-Wheel-Drive F-PACE Gathers Momentum

Jaguar's long-awaited performance crossover F-PACE that goes on sale "some time in 2016" is all-set for a debut at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show 17-27th September – hinting the big new Jag will be on sale early in 2016, to storm the British Winter weather in style. 
Can't wait!
The all-new Jaguar F-PACE will be offered with a trick "torque on-demand" All-Wheel Drive system and Jaguar engineers "aim to set a new benchmark for vehicle dynamics with the launch of F-PACE" – with innovations including double wishbone front, integral link rear suspension systems (which have undergone rigorous test programmes on diverse roads and other surfaces worldwide) and "enhanced agility" via technologies including "Torque Vectoring" (whatever that is!). And with electric Power Assisted Steering all set to provide what Jaguar refer to as "immediate response and connected feel" the biggest cat ever made looks set to be agile.
Jaguar’s Vehicle Integrity team, led by sports car development expert and Chief Engineer Mike Cross, are currently engaged on development programmes designed to ensure the new F-PACE will offer an unrivalled breadth of dynamic ability.
“We haven’t made any compromises or exceptions: the new F-PACE must be a true Jaguar and deliver the Jaguar dynamics DNA”, says Mike Cross.
“We’ve tested ride and handling to extremities in all environments and in all conditions, and the result is that the new F-PACE is as engaging and rewarding to drive as it is going to be enjoyable to own. As soon as you get into the vehicle you know immediately that it’s a great place to be.”
To make development and testing even more efficient, the Vehicle Integrity team’s subjective assessments are fed back into the computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools used by Jaguar’s Vehicle Dynamics CAE team. This improves the models and therefore delivers even better simulation results – and vice-versa. This iterative loop of continuous improvement ensures that prototype vehicles are continuously optimised, benefiting the tuning and assessment process.

It all sounds very trick, doesn't it? 
And it's certainly interesting times for the recently re-invented and boosted hipster brand. But do we think it's treading on Land Rover's toes a little?



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