- New 2-litre diesel engine emits 129g/km of CO2
- Slots into 23 percent BIK tax band for 2015/16
- Class-leading boot space and advanced tech
Jaguar has revealed its all-new F-Pace, the firm's first ever crossover which aims to woo company car drivers.
Jaguar is expecting a lot of sales to come from retail customers but there will be two routes for company car drivers to secure the new Jaguar F-Pace crossover.
Company car scheme or lease deal?
There are three engines to choose from. Ideal for company car drivers will be the 2-litre diesel with six-speed manual that emits 129g/km of CO2 placing it into a 23 percent tax band for the current 2015/16 tax year.
For those who don’t find the vehicle on their choice list there is the opt-out monthly allowance route. For example, the entry level Prestige model with automatic gearbox can be leased on a three-year PCP deal with 36 monthly payments of £423, provided you put down a deposit of £6,990.
Low monthly tax cost for entry level Prestige
For the standard entry-level Prestige model with six-speed manual and rear-wheel drive only there’s a P11D price of £34,115, so a 40 percent tax payer will pay £261.55 a month.
Chances are most company car drivers will go for the higher spec R Sport, which is already the trim of choice on the Jaguar XE saloon. A 40 percent tax payer will incur a monthly cost of £280.72 for this model.
Those looking for all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox will see that monthly cost rise to nearly £335 thanks to the BIK banding jumping up two places to 25 percent.
F-Pace delivers driving pleasure
Jaguar claims the F-Pace delivers the traditional Jaguar driving experience of an engaging sporty drive along with cossetting ride comfort, and a huge dollop of practicality.
The stats are impressive. Boot space up to the boot cover is a huge 650 litres (that’s more than BMW X5’s 500 litres) and with the rear seats folded grows to 1,740 litres. There’s also 13 stowage areas in the car including door bins that can accommodate a 1-litre drinks bottle.
Jaguar believes the F-Pace uses the most advanced infotainment system going. There’s the option of a Wi-Fi zone too that enables up to eight devices to be connected.
The heart of the system is a 10.5-inch colour touch screen that responds to the classic touchscreen controls many people are familiar with thanks to tablets and smartphones.
The sat-nav maps can be pinched and expanded with single finger strokes, plus the homepage and order of the car’s systems can be arranged to the driver’s own preference.
Over 20 in-car apps that can be downloaded that provide a range of functions including pre-heating the cabin.
Order books open
Jaguar has already opened its order books and company car drivers will be able to secure a test drive in the spec and trim they’re considering.
Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover’s UK managing director, says "Our demo fleet has grown and there are longer test drives available for customers whether 24 or 48 hours.
"We work with dealers to spec demonstration vehicles and if a dealer doesn’t have the right car we can source others from our centrally held demo fleet."