Setting hot and cold trail: new Jaguar SUV put through its paces
Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30
Jaguar has revealed official development pictures of its first SUV, the F-PACE.
They show the crossover prototype undergoing hot and cold weather testing - from minus 40°C in northern Sweden to +50°C in Dubai.
The motor is due on sale here next year and considering the preparation it is getting, it should be in good shape to cope with anything our conditions throw at it.
For the first time in a Jaguar testing programme, they've used gravelled mountain passes. Hard to imagine a Jaguar needing that sort of preparation.
Which is why they feel justified in saying they have subjected the F-PACE to one of the most demanding test programmes the company has devised in its history.
A simple example of the less dramatic side of testing is just leaving a car sitting there for a while.
Well, not just sitting, but soaking up the heat.
Cabin temperatures can soar to 70°C when a car is simply left in the direct sunlight in somewhere like Dubai, for example.
Jaguar say that sort of test is ideal for them to ensure the likes of climate control systems and infotainment touch-screens work in such extreme conditions.
The F-PACE will make its Frankfurt Motor Show debut next month and will be made at Solihull in England.
Meantime the new mid-size XF is pencilled in for 161-reg.
I hope to have a full First Drive report for you next week.