A fully camouflaged prototype of the Jaguar F-Pace has been spied testing on the frozen roads of northern Sweden.

A fully camouflaged prototype of the Jaguar F-Pace has been spied testing on the frozen roads of northern Sweden.

Joining Maserati in the crossover craze, Jaguar is putting the finishing touches on the F-Pace which has been spotted cold weather testing wearing heavy disguise and carrying extra lights on the roof. Jaguar has already provided a first glimpse of the crossover with a teaser video posted at the beginning of the year and some of you will probably remember the C-X17 concept from 2013 which served as a sneak preview for the F-Pace.

The high-riding model will use the same iQ[Al] platform as the new XE and XF so it will get the same array of efficient Ingenium four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Expect a wide array of derivatives, including a higher specification S version with a 340 bhp 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine along with an even hotter SVR model packing a 550 bhp 5.0-liter supercharged V8.

Jaguar's engineers could also be planning an electric version which is believed to travel for up to 300 miles (483 km) before running out of juice. It will come out later during the F-Pace's lifetime, possibly for the 2018MY, and could use the hardware setup of a mysterious Range Rover electric vehicle due in 2016 or 2017.

Billed as a "family sports car", the regular Jaguar F-Pace will receive its world premiere in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and should go on sale towards the end of the year or early 2016. It will likely be offered in both four- and five-seat layouts part of the "thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior".

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