Jaguar’s newest vehicle is a rather large departure from the typical sports car or low-slung luxury sedan the brand is known for. Debuting as the 2014 Jaguar C-X17 concept back at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is set to ignite a fire under the brand. While deliveries of the new sport-tuned SUV are set to begin for the 2016 model year, Jaguar figured it needed more. To that end, the F-Pace is already getting a special edition.

Called the F-Pace First Edition, this special edition comes in very limited numbers – 2,000 units worldwide – and is designed to look like the C-X17 concept.

It’s not clear how many examples Jaguar has allotted for the U.S., though we know the U.K., Jaguar’s spiritual homeland, is only getting 200 units. There is plenty more information, so continue reading for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jaguar F-Pace First Edition.

  • 2016 Jaguar F-Pace First Edition
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    380 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    332 @ 4500
  • Energy:
    Supercharged
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.1 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, AWD
  • Price:
    69700
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Exterior

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Jaguar has managed to create a home-run design on its first stab at an SUV. The sharp looks and sloping roofline complement the familiar Jaguar face with its large grille openings. The bulging hood and hunched front fenders help create a powerful stance while the hard creases at the rear add snappiness to the design. It’s easy to see why the industry has been abuzz over the F-Pace.

But more specifically, the First Edition pulls in several of the design cues and details found on the C-X17 concept. Obviously, the color – that almost electric blue color that Jaguar calls Caesium Blue – adds excitement without looking gaudy. The large 22-inch, double-spoke wheels help add visual weight to the bottom of the vehicle without looking too heavy.

Full LED headlights come with Jaguar’s distinctive “J blade” daytime running light grace the front while the rear taillights pull in the design of the F-Type Coupe and Convertible. Beyond aesthetics, the First Edition gets a gesture controlled, power lifting tailgate, the Park Assist feature, and the Surround Camera System.

Interior

Jaguar designers wanted to pull in design cues from the C-X17’s interior while still keeping the F-Pace’s production interior intact. Windsor leather finished with an embossed Houndstooth pattern covers the seats, held together by twin-needle stitching. Setting the mood is a variable ambient lighting system with 10 shades. Jaguar’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with its 12.3-inch display is centered in the dashboard while a digital gauge cluster sits behind the steering wheel.

Drivetrain

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Behind the large grille lies Jaguar’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. The all-aluminum engine creates 380 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to an equally familiar ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is coupled to Jaguar’s intelligent AWD system that sends power to the wheels with the most grip during acceleration and on slippery surfaces while also providing more power to the outside wheels during hard cornering, helping to rotate the vehicle.

Jaguar claims the F-Pace First Edition, like the F-Pace S it’s based on, will hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The SUV has a governed top speed of 155 mph.

For those curious about towing, the F-Pace is rated to tow 5,290 pounds. Payload capacity is rated at 1,497 pounds.

Safety

The F-Pace has yet to be tested for safety ratings, but Jaguar doesn’t skimp on safety equipment. Things like ABS, dynamic stability control, lane departure warning, park assist, blind spot monitoring, a slew of airbags, and even autonomous emergency braking and what Jaguar calls Engine Drag Torque Control are all standard. EDC prevents wheels from slipping in wet conditions even if the engine is producing an excessive amount of braking – say in a downshift situation.

Prices

The starting price for the 2016 F-Pace First Edition is $69,700. That includes nearly every option offered on the F-Pace as standard equipment. If the First Edition isn’t your style, the base price of the regular F-Pace is $40,990.

Competition

2015 BMW X3

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BMW has long had a hold on the SUV market and will be Jag’s toughest competition. The current X3 might be fresh now – having been redesigned in 2014 – but by the time the F-Pace hits U.S. shores for 2017, the Bimmer will be long in the tooth – that is if BMW doesn’t refresh the X3 before then. Still, the BMW offers a prestigious SUV with smart on-road handling and decent all-weather traction.

Power is delivered by three engine options: the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, the 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, or the 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder. Prices start at $39,325 and range into the upper $40,000 range with added options.

Read our full review here.

2015 Porsche Macan

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Like the BMW X3 is to the X5, the Macan is the little brother to Porsche’s popular Cayenne SUV. The Macan, new for the 2015 model year, is a sporty yet capable crossover that packs big wallops of Porsche styling into a smallish package backed by some decent firepower… errr, horsepower.

Here in the U.S., the Macan comes in two flavors: the Macan S and Macan Turbo. The S comes powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 340 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the Macan Turbo, and the twin-turbocharged V-6 goes to 3.6 liters and packs 400 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

Prices are competitive with the F-Pace. The Macan S starts at $49,900 while the Turbo starts at $72,300.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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The F-Pace will likely be a big hit for Jaguar, especially considering its $41,000 starting price and its high-class design. But for Jaguar enthusiast who wants the first, finest, and fastest, the First Edition F-Pace will offer bragging rights over lesser trim levels while satisfying that styling itch caused by staring at the C-X17 concept for the last two years.

The First Edition might be sold in low numbers, but that’s what makes it so special. Order books are already open and Jaguar’s online configurator is already live, so interested buyers better get moving. My guess is it won’t last long.

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Press Release

To celebrate the launch of the all-new F-PACE, a special model called the First Edition will be available in limited numbers, in the first year of production only.

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Powered exclusively by the 380hp supercharged V6 found in the F-PACE S, the First Edition includes unique interior and exterior design enhancements that pay homage to the original C-X17 concept car unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as well as sports car-derived performance technology including Adaptive Dynamics2.

Outside, the First Edition F-PACE will be available in Rhodium Silver paint finish set against 22-inch Double Helix 15-spoke wheels with Grey finish and contrast inserts. Red brake calipers, full-LED headlights with LED ’J’ blade Daytime Running Lights, Gloss Black fender vents, a sliding panoramic roof and the S model body kit complete the enhancements found on the First Edition F-PACE.

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Inside, Windsor soft-grain leather seats featuring twin-needle stitching and an embossed houndstooth pattern influenced by the award-winning interior from the C-X17 concept compliment the configurable 10-color ambient lighting, state-of-the-art Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system1 and the 12.3-inch high definition virtual instrument cluster.

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