JLR to launch F-PACE

Posted on 15 Sep 2015 by The Manufacturer

The new Jaguar F-PACE has been unveiled in Frankfurt and will go on sale worldwide in early 2016.

The F-PACE is the latest new model from the Jaguar and follows the launches of the XE and XF. Entirely designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain, these new models are claimed to be the result of a £1.5billion investment by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

Built alongside the Jaguar XE at the company’s Solihull manufacturing plant, Jaguar’s breakthrough model has resulted in an additional £120m of investment in the facility. This takes the total amount invested in Solihull’s ‘factory within a factory’ to £620mn – the largest investment in the 70 year history of the Midlands based plant.

JLR suggested that the UK supply chain has benefited from Jaguar’s product expansion with a total of £13 billion worth of UK supplier contracts awarded, with £5bn connected to the F-PACE alone.

Speaking at Frankfurt, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth said: We are pushing the boundaries in design, engineering and manufacturing to deliver outstanding cars. Our investment in the development of the F-PACE; its industry leading architecture and the UK plants which support its manufacture provides a clear signal that Jaguar Land Rover is committed to Britain and advancing the skills and capability of the industry”.

The F-PACE follows the Jaguar XE, Range Rover Evoque, Discovery Sport and Jaguar XF in adopting the Ingenium engine, manufactured at the company’s £500mn Engine Manufacturing Centre, which celebrates its one year anniversary next month.

Jaguar Land Rover’s latest model also benefits from significant investments in the company’s Castle Bromwich plant. The £400mn investment in facilities across this site included a new blanker line which produces blank sheets of aluminium used to create F-PACE body panels.