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Jaguar highlights F-Pace's handling prowess

by Justin King

The company promises its first crossover will bring a stiff chassis, exceptional handling and a comfortable ride, despite its raised ride height.

Jaguar has highlighted the handling prowess of its first crossover, the , due to be formally unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The F-Pace is built upon Jaguar's Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, which promises to deliver inherently high stiffness. Double-wishbone front and integral-link rear suspension components, borrowed from the company's latest cars, are claimed bring an ideal balance of agility and ride comfort.

"We haven't made any compromises or exceptions: the new F-PACE had to be a true Jaguar and had to deliver the dynamics DNA," said Jaguar chief engineer of vehicle integrity, Mike Cross. "We've tested ride and handling to the limit, and the result is that the new F-PACE is as engaging and rewarding to drive as it is comfortable and quiet."

The crossover's electrically-assisted power steering, derived from the F-Type, is claimed to give drivers better feedback and control than traditional hydraulic systems. Its torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system has also been borrowed from the performance coupe.

Additional details are expected to be released ahead of the September show debut.

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