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Styling Size-Up: Jaguar F-Pace vs. BMW X4, Porsche Macan, Lexus NX

Jaguar is finally joining the luxury crossover party with the 2017 F-Pace. Revealed at the recent Frankfurt motor show, the F-Pace brings the Jaguar brand to a wider audience. The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace borrows design cues from the F-Type and its Range Rover cousin, though clearly it doesn’t have the same ambitious off-road aspirations. The F-Pace offers up sporty styling that’s distinctly Jaguar, but how does it compare to the rest of the luxury crossover segment?

The exterior styling takes cues from other Jaguar models like the F-Type and XF, and though it may have some off-road capability, overall the crossover looks like it’s mostly intended for paved roads. In the luxury crossover segment, all models have a very distinct look, which is first noticed in the front end. The 2016 BMW X4 features a rather large front end with the signature dual kidney grilles, while the lower grille vents offer a wave-like design. The F-Pace, on the other hand, features the same rounded rectangular grille found on other models in the Jaguar lineup. The headlights on the F-Pace are distinctive, and extremely narrow when compared to the rest of the segment.

The side profile is somewhat reminiscent of the Range Rover Evoque, but offers a longer back end. The character lines flow across the side, with a deep cutout in the lower doors. Jaguar has decided to keep the styling relatively safe on the new F-pace, unlike some more radically styled models like the 2015 Lexus NX. The NX features sharp lines and a more angular design language than the Jaguar, which separates it from the other offerings in the segment.

Inside the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace, the layout carries over from the exterior to offer a clean, streamlined appearance. The center stack is uncluttered, with a large infotainment screen. The controls are laid out underneath the screen with the air vents resting on top. Compared to the 2015 Porsche Macan, the F-Pace definitely has the edge for interiors, as the Macan has the Stuttgart-based automaker’s signature cluttered center stack. The overall design of the F-Pace’s interior is clean and simple, which could win over some crossover shoppers when it goes on sale.

The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is all-new to the Jaguar lineup, and as the first CUV for the British automaker, the company has high hopes for it. But in such a competitive segment, the F-Pace needs to wow customers. Compared to the other models in the segment, the new F-Pace holds its own, but will it be enough to turn customers away from its successful competition?

Last week’s Refreshing or Revolting featured the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, and reactions to the new look seemed to be mostly positive.

“It looks much better than the previous model,” said alderran.

“Although I think there’s a bit too much going on with the front bumper, overall it looks more grown-ip than the prior gen, which looked like its styling was held back so as not to step on its big brother’s shoes. Similar to the RDX, it is coming into its own in the second gen,” said nate0123.

“Needs bigger wheels and more fake chrome accents. Or, ‘more cow bell’ as they say,” said David-Thomas.

“This looks great! Very refreshing,” said james4ands.