The response, when Jaguar first announced the F-pace was entirely as expected; howls of outrage that the company that gave us the E-type and generations of low and lithe XJ saloons had debased itself by building an SUV. Most of those dissenting voices shut up when the F-pace was revealed; if there was anyone who could translate the design language for what is still the best looking modern sports car, the F-type, into a taller format it was the firm’s then Design Director Ian Callum.
That the F-pace also had the, well, pace as well as the ride and handling balance to deserve the Jaguar name also helped silence the critics and made it a familiar sight on our roads. Ask yourself when was the last time you saw an XJ? Now, as part of a midlife refresh, the F-pace gains hybrid power as part of Jaguar’s move to full electrification in just four year’s time.