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2017 Jaguar F-Pace luxury SUV sets the pace in Frankfurt (pictures)

Jag tries its hand at delivering a sporty luxury SUV with the production debut of its 2017 F-Pace.

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FRANKFURT -- Boy, the Jaguar XF sedan is sure looking bloated these days.

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That's because this is no sedan; it's Jaguar's new crossover SUV, the 2017 F-Pace.

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The F-Pace has a forward design that unsurprisingly borrows heavily from headlamps and rounded grille design of the automaker's newest sedans.

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There are two engine options for the crossover: a 180-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine and a 340-horsepower, supercharged gasoline V-6.

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A top-tier F-Pace S model and the limited "First Edition" will be offered with an even more potent 380-horsepower tune for the supercharged V-6.

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Like the XF, XE and F-Type before it, the F-Pace will make use of an all-aluminum body.

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Taillights for the crossover share their design with the low-slung F-Type coupe and convertible. Surprisingly, they work well on the more upright rear end.

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The latest version of the automaker's InControl Touch Pro infotainment makes use of a widescreen, 12.3-inch display and revised navigation software with 3D maps.

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Regardless of engine chosen, power must flow through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, which is controlled with this motorized knob.

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Another hallmark of recent Jaguar design that makes an appearance on the new model is the 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Here, the design has been revised with a more modern graphics.

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The center console is home to toggles for the competition mode, the anti-idling stop-start system and more.

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Additionally, the F-Pace will position yet a third display ahead of the driver: a full-color, laser head-up display option. (Not seen here.)

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Filling the cabin with sound is either a standard Meridian audio system or an optional Meridian surround system, boasting 380 and 825 watts respectively.

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The F-Pace evolves Jaguar interior design, combining bits that we love (quality leather, panoramic moonroof, ambient mood lighting) with more modern materials. Personally, I'm glad to see less glossy plastic.

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Perhaps the most surprising fact about the F-Pace is that the US market is getting the diesel engine at launch.

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The F-Pace also joins the ranks of vehicles with onboard Wi-Fi. The crossover's network is able to connect up to eight devices to the Web wirelessly.

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With the F-Pace, Jaguar is also debuting a technology called Activity Key: an optional, waterproof wristband that allows the keys to be securely locked inside the vehicle while engaging in outdoor activity. It's basically the smart keyless entry fob for your wrist.

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The rear cargo compartment boasts 33.5 cubic feet of volume for luggage and bulky items.

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US pricing starts at $40,990 for the four-cylinder diesel model. The V-6 gasoline models start at $42,390. A First Edition model will be available in the UK for £65,275.

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