Jaguar Says New F-Pace SUV Can Handle Extreme Temperatures [w/Video]

Jaguar continues to keep the F-Pace in the news with a new photo gallery and video taken during extreme weather testing.

As all vehicles aimed at global markets, the Jaguar F-Pace has undergone testing in extremes of hot and cold, from -40°C to +50°C. And since we’re talking about a crossover, graveled mountain passes have been included in a Jaguar test program for the first time ever.

Jaguar assessed the F-Pace in the scorching heat and dust of Dubai as well as on the ice and snow of Northern Sweden as it wanted to make sure every system functions as it should, even under the most extreme conditions.

Jaguar says the new F-Pace has been subjected to one of the most demanding test programs ever devised by the automaker. “We developed the F-Pace to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar, together with exceptional levels of ability and composure on all surfaces and in all weathers,” said F-Pace vehicle program director Andrew Whyman.

The F-Pace was taken to Jaguar Land Rover’s test facility in Arjeplog, Northern Sweden, where average winter temperatures rarely exceed -15°C and often plummet to -40°C. The crossover was driven on 60 km (37 miles) of purpose-built handling tracks, mountain climbs, inclines, split-friction straights and off-road areas.

These were deemed ideal for optimizing the calibration of the all-wheel drive system, Dynamic Stability Control and technologies such as Jaguar’s All-Surface Progress Control.

Dubai offered a very different background for testing, with ambient temperatures sometimes exceeding 50°C in the shade. However, cabin temperatures can soar to 70°C when vehicles are left out in direct sunlight. This helped Jaguar to ensure that everything from climate control systems to infotainment touchscreens function correctly in extremes of heat and humidity.

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