The ruler of all luxury automobiles Jaguar is getting ready for another year of releasing a bunch of great cars. One of those is the F-Pace SVR, an SUV-type of vehicle. SUVs are originally not very Jaguar-like, but the ever developing brand has embraced the SUV and crossover lately. It only fits in a world where people desire a stable car that not only looks good, but also offers a sense of safety. The SUV connects perfectly to these wishes. All the more praise to Jaguar for supplying this demand in the shape of the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR.
It almost seems like a trend for luxury car manufacturers to be late to the party when it comes to SUVs. More recently, Lamborghini revealed their dazzling and compelling 2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV, which can turn out to be quite the competition for the F-Pace SVR.
Admitted, the SVR is not the standard SUV model. That is the 2017 F-Pace and the SVR is based on that. SVR stands for Special Vehicle Operations, which is Jaguar’s tuning department. One thing you can be sure of is that the F-Pace SVR is going to be a faster, more powerful version of the regular F-Pace. A great addition to Jaguar’s new SUV line, if you ask us. We are sure there are a lot of Jag aficionados that have been waiting for years to get a glimpse of the brand’s first SUV and now they even get a high-power version handed on a silver platter.
Due to the fast follow-up of the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR on the regular F-Pace, we expect not too many physical changes from the regular model. Our predictions are that some SVR badges will be added and maybe a slightly different grille. For example, a grille with a different mesh pattern, or another colour. To our opinion, a chrome grille would make the car look even more stunning and would definitely set the SVR apart from the regular F-Pace. Also, it could be that the headlights will be different units, or LEDs. The current headlights look like those of the popular and modern 2017 Range Rover Evoque, only upside down.
Furthermore, an SVR has to breathe sportiness. Since that factor is already heavily represented on the regular F-Pace, the SVR doesn’t need many alterations to emphasize it being a sports car. In the design language, we do expect the F-Pace to feature deeper creases and maybe a lower front bumper. Also, on the regular F-Pace, the middle front bumper has a light grey hue, the SVR might feature a body metal-coloured piece there. Same goes for the light grey rear bumper.
Another possible change is that the grille and the lower middle air vent are going to be unified to create a larger, more aggressive-looking grille.
Then finally, the wheels will undergo a small facelift. The rims will be a different caliber and the brake calipers will be larger. Obviously, a car with more engine power needs a better braking system.
The regular F-Pace’s interior looks extremely comfortable and stylish. The minimalistic approach really suits the brand’s name for being a classical, premium automobile manufacturer. The interior’s high-quality materials, luxury atmosphere and premium technology features carry over to the SVR. Also, SVR badges will embellish multiple corners of the interior and we expect different optional colour combinations. More sportive seats will be present, without losing any of the comfort and ergonomics of the regular seats.
More standard options on the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR are probably aluminium shift paddles, so the driver can shift manually within the automatic transmission system, a feature much appreciated when higher power cars are concerned. Also, it is a good compromise for European markets, where people are getting used to automatic driving more, but a great deal of the public still prefers manual driving. This way, the car practically offers both and can still put the rotary shifting knob to good use.
Furthermore, expect ambient lighting and a top notch Meridian sound system.
Now here is the truly magical part of the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR. The regular F-Pace has two V6 options that do the trick, but an SVR edition asks for more. Jaguar will supply this by implying their supercharged 5.0 liter V8 engine into the F-Pace SVR. We saw this engine before on the Range Rover Sport SVR and Jaguar F-Type SVR. Due to the F-Type being much lighter than the F-Pace, we expect horsepower output to be similar to the Range Rover Sport’s. That means the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR will have an hp of around 542. The F-Pace SVR’s V8 engine only just tops the V6 found in the scowling and sleek 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio auto.
As stated before, the F-Pace SVR gets an automatic eight speed transmission with shift paddles and a permanent All Wheel Drive system. European F-Pace SVRs also get the choice of a manually transmitted diesel engine or a manually transmitted gasoline engine.
The SUV’s infotainment system comes with the latest version of InControl, Jaguar’s personal infotainment software. This will include remote smartphone connectivity, navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.
Cruise Control and Hill Start Assist are options that come standard on all F-Pace SVRs. A premium function that is standard on the F-Pace SVR is valet function, which enables the driver to remotely call the car and it drives itself out of a parking garage.
Standard safety options are plenty with Rear Park Distance Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning. Moreover, there’s Emergency Brake Assist. All in all, there’s a rather good standard range of safety options on the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR. We don’t expect many more standard functions that we haven’t already seen on the regular F-Pace.
Price, reveal and release date
This car will go on sale in Europe in the fall of 2017 and in the US in the spring of 2018. Specific dates have yet to be revealed. US prices for the regular F-Pace start at $40.990 for the lowest trim and go up to $56.700 for the highest trim. Earlier released SVR editions always topped the base price with $20.000, so expect a starting price of at least $60,000. A price of around $80,000 is more likely, since the F-Pace SVR does not have direct competition under that price.
European prices for the regular F-Pace range from €43.500 to €76.350 for the highest trim. Here we expect at least a price difference of €60.000, like the one on the F-Type. That means the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR will have a starting price of at least €105.000.