A fully camouflaged prototype of the Jaguar F-Pace has been photographed conducting final testing on public roads.

A fully camouflaged prototype of the Jaguar F-Pace has been photographed conducting final testing on public roads.

Jaguar's "family sports car" is almost ready to show its production face as the model will receive its world premiere in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Basically an evolution of the C-X17 concepts, the company's first ever crossover will adopt the much criticized "F-Pace" moniker and will have a lot in common with the new XE and XF from where it will inherit the iQ[Al] platform. Expect a lightweight construction and an array of frugal 4-cylinder Ingenium turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines.

An F-Pace S will likely be available from day one with a 340 bhp supercharged V6 engine while later during the car's lifespan there should be a range-topping SVR derivative equipped with a beefier 550 bhp supercharged V8 motor. A pure electric version is likely in the works as well with an estimated range of 300 miles (483 km).

Jaguar says the F-Pace will be the "ultimate practical sports car" and they don't like to call it an SUV since they believe it will be more than just a high-riding model with an all-wheel drive layout and a spacious interior. As previewed by the two C-X17 concept, the F-Pace will likely be offered with both four and five seats in a "thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior."

Since a public debut is set for September at IAA in Frankfurt, maybe Jaguar will decide to show online the F-Pace in August. It could be followed in 2019 by a larger J-Pace based on the Range Rover, but this is only a rumor at this moment.

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