Two cool new cats have joined the Jaguar F-PACE range - the 300 and 400 SPORT.
And if you don’t want to stretch for the range-topping, 550 PS F-PACE SVR trim level, the SPORT models should be enough to keep you purring.
At the top of the tree is the blisteringly-quick F-PACE SVR, a snarling, luxury ballistic missile which can sprint from 0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds.
But now a couple of newcomers are on the prowl - with the 300 SPORT and 400 SPORT slotting in just below the SVR. The 400 in particular will be a great rival to the Porsche Macan S as well as the Audi SQ5.
While there are styling and comfort differences between the 300 and 400, the most glaring way they vary is in the powertrain.
The 400 SPORT uses a six-cylinder ‘Ingenium’ petrol mild-hybrid engine producing - you guessed it - 400 PS and 550Nm of torque. It’ll sprint from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds while returning around 28 mpg.
The 300 SPORT, on the other hand, is also a mild-hybrid but uses a six-cylinder Ingenium diesel mill instead. There’s power of 300 PS and 650Nm of torque.
With the 300 the 0-60mph dash takes 6.1 seconds but it’s much more frugal than the petrol 400, returning around 37mpg.
Both the 300 and 400 are all-wheel-drive automatics.
And Adam Hatton, Exterior Design Director at Jaguar, says both models are seriously well appointed. He adds:
“Developing the new 300 SPORT and 400 SPORT models gave us the opportunity to subtly accentuate the F-PACE’s inherently assertive, purposeful design and deliver an even more confident on-road presence, while beautiful, rich materials – including meticulously-crafted veneers – make the interiors even more luxurious. Together with the quiet, effortless performance from the six-cylinder engines, the new F-PACE 300 SPORT and 400 SPORT will make every journey extraordinary.”
Expect 21 inch alloys as standard, privacy glass and gloss black roof rails, 16-way heated and ventilated electric memory seats, an Ebony Suedecloth headliner and Satin Charcoal Ash veneers.
A fixed panoramic sunroof is par for the course, as is premium ambient lighting.
Another cool thing about the 300 and 400, like all the other models in the F-PACE range, is that they come as standard with Amazon Alexa.
Alex Heslop, Director of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, says;
“The seamless integration of Amazon Alexa with our Pivi Pro infotainment system gives customers simple, intuitive voice control of regularly used features, making the driving experience even more enjoyable. The fact we can also offer this new feature to existing customers proves the value of our software-over-the-air-updates.”
The 300 SPORT starts at £62,250 while the 400 SPORT begins at £68,520 - watch this space for lease prices soon!
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