Jaguar design director has shed some light regarding why they chose the F-Pace moniker for the company's first ever crossover.

Jaguar design director has shed some light regarding why they chose the F-Pace moniker for the company's first ever crossover.

In an interview with British magazine Auto Express, Jaguar's design director Ian Callum said the initial list of names included about eight candidates, with X-Type being one of them. He was a fan of this moniker but executives within Jaguar Land Rover weren't because of its connection with a defunct model (2009) so they had to pick something else.

Ian Callum says "XQ" was also one of the names analyzed but was dropped because of its similarities with Audi's Q-labeled crossovers and also because Aston Martin uses "Q" for their high-end customization program. Might we add that Infiniti uses QX for their crossovers and SUVs so Jaguar did the right thing by eliminating XQ since it would have created a lot of confusion.

After narrowing down the list to three names, the rather controversial "F-Pace" was selected "because I think it's got a bit of texture and character to it and I think after time people will get used to it", according to Callum. He went on to specify he was reluctant at first about designing a crossover but was "eventually persuaded to do it" and now he has embraced the idea and would actually like to design a second SUV.

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