The high-performance SUV could arrive in early 2017

Launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the F-Pace brought Jaguar into a new era. One that finally includes crossovers, the body style of choice for automakers looking to boost sales. It’s been only a few months since the SUV went into production, and Jaguar is already looking to expand the nameplate with new versions. According to Car And Driver, the F-Pace could follow in the footsteps of the F-Type and receive an SVR upgrade from the brand’s Special Vehicle Operations division.

Details are slim as of this writing, but it’s easy to imagine what the F-Pace SVR will bring to the table. The sporty exterior will become even more aggressive, while aerodynamics will be enhanced by means of a revised lower front bumper and a bigger roof spoiler. The crossover will also sit closer to the ground and get a stiffer suspension, but the most important update will hide under the hood. If previous SVR models are any indication, the F-Type should get the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 offered in both the F-Type and Range Rover Sport.

However, output is unlikely to be identical to the F-Type SVR, which comes with 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Instead, the crossover will probably get the Range Rover Sport’s 542-horsepower and 502-pound-feet unit, which would still be very impressive. The supercharged powerplant should enable the F-Pace to hit 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 160 mph. In other words, it will enable Jaguar to compete against crossover offerings from BMW’s M and Mercedes’ AMG divisions.

There’s no information as to when the F-Pace SVR will hit dealerships, but we expect it to break cover in the first half of 2017, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Why it matters

While the report above has no official confirmation from Jaguar, we think that the F-Pace SVR will happen. Now that the British have entered the crossover market, a high-performance version of the F-Pace is a must. What’s more, with SVO having already developed the Range Rover Sport SVR, adding the 5.0-liter V-8 and the race-bred suspension to another SUV shouldn’t be too complicated.

Moreover, giving the F-Pace’s platform the SVR treatment could also open the door for new high-performance nameplates. The SUV rides on the same underpinnings as the XE, which could get a similar package. Actually, Car And Driver says that Jaguar is already pondering an XE SVR, but a final decision has yet to be made. Should the Brits approve the program, Jaguar will offer a competitor for the likes of BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63, and Cadillac ATS-V.

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Read our full review on the Jaguar F-Pace here.

Source: CarAndDriver

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