Jaguar Puts On a Winter Parka, Climate-Tests F-Pace in Sweden
Desert Testing on Shapely New Cat Takes Place as Well
The first-ever Jaguar SUV, the F-Pace, is approaching its September reveal date at a rapid clip, and Jaguar is enjoying the slow tease before it shows the production crossover in September. Earlier this month, a camouflaged F-Pace saw duty as a Tour de France support vehicle, and now, Jag is letting us in on some of the testing its new kitty is enduring.
To ensure the F-Pace crossover will perform as intended in a variety of locales and climes, Jaguar is giving it a shakedown at its test facility in Arjeplog, Sweden, where overnight temperatures can plummet to –40°F. Starting a car in that kind of cold is taxing on its battery and electrical system, to say nothing of moving parts that may have literally frozen themselves stationary. While Jag hasn’t revealed how well the F-Pace did in testing, we’ve no doubt that the company wouldn’t bring it up if it didn’t perform satisfactorily.
Conversely, if a luxury crossover doesn’t do well in extreme heat, such as that found in the city of Dubai, it’ll be useless to that city’s well-heeled denizens. With interior temperatures reaching 150°F, Jaguar tested the F-Pace’s climate control, engine cooling, and other systems to ensure they’ll work well when the mercury rises.
The attractive Jaguar F-Pace will be revealed in full at the International Motor Show Germany in Frankfurt in September. The company will continue its striptease via Facebook until then, so stay tuned.
Source: Jaguar Land Rover