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Jaguar has confirmed that its first SUV will enter production in 2016 and eshew Jaguar's normal badging structure with a radical new name - Jaguar F-Pace.

Prices are expected to open around the £30,000 mark putting the F-Pace up against the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 as well as its stablemates the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar is referring to the new F-Pace model as a "performance crossover" as opposed to an SUV. The name is designed to align it with the F-Type sports car and distance it from those more rugged products offered by sister-company Land Rover.

Essentially a production version of the C-X17 concept, the Jaguar F-Pace will be "the ultimate practical sports car" according to global sales director Andy Goss. Rather than being labeled as a crossover or SUV, Jaguar calls this their "family sports car" sharing the same lightweight platform with the XE compact sedan from where it will likely inherit the engine lineup.

Full technical details for the Jaguat F-Pace won't be released until later this year, but certain specifications have been confirmed. It will be available with a five-seater layout only, and assuming it sticks closely to the concept's 4,718mm length, will be a few centimetres bigger than its main rivals - the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. For that reason, Jaguar claims it will have class-leading interior space as well as a "beautiful design, precise handling, a supple ride, luxurious interior finishes and cutting-edge technology."
 

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In my opinion I think this looks great next to the rather uninspiring Q5 and seriously ugly X3 and don't get me started on the boring boxes VW put together. Plus the blue looks good, makes it really stand out!
 

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The Jaguar C-X17 4x4 concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013 before taking centre stage at the 2014 Brussels Motor Show.

At the time, Jaguar design director Ian Callum hinted at how close to the production car the C-X17 was, saying: "We were caught out with the C-XF concept and underdelivered; we now need to show things we know we can deliver."
 
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