It looks like Jaguar fans in the country are about to get a rather powerful New Year's present...
More news from Jaguar. As the carmaker is set to launch the 2020 XE in India next week, we've noticed another international product that is now listed on Jaguar's India website. This time, it's the performance-oriented version of its best-selling SUV, the F-PACE SVR. While there is no official confirmation of its arrival yet, certain reports are suggesting that dealers have already started accepting bookings for it.
The F-PACE SVR made its global debut in March 2018. As the car has been developed by Jaguar's skunkworks – the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division – it is powered by the brand's most powerful motor, a 5.0-litre supercharged V8. The V8 develops 542bhp & 680Nm of torque, giving the F-PACE SVR a 0-100km/h time of just 4.3 seconds. As for the visual differences from the standard F-PACE, the SVR can be ordered with massive 21- or 22-inch wheels. Other exterior changes include redesigned bumpers, front quarter panels, a more aggressive running board design, red-painted brake callipers and a few SVR badges placed on select panels. The F-PACE SVR also gets a Variable Valve Active Exhaust system with a quad-pipe layout.
To give the readers a brief background of the car's journey, the F-PACE was first revealed to the public at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. From there, Jaguar's debut SUV reached the Indian shores in 2016, where it was launched as a CBU. Apart from the three variants (Pure, Prestige & R-Sport), Jaguar India had also launched the F-PACE in its super-exclusive First Edition guise. In the following year, Jaguar launched the locally-assembled (CKD) version of the F-PACE here, priced at around ₹ 60 lakh. However, the variant count was reduced to just one as the CKD model was only available as the Prestige (mid-variant) derivative. In 2018, Jaguar also launched the F-PACE with its 2.0-litre Ingenium Petrol motor (until then, the F-PACE was only available as a diesel model).
As for the SVR derivative, when launched here, it will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG G63, Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Range Rover Sport (Autobiography Dynamic/SVR).