F-PACE combines sports utility features with design inspired by F-TYPE – and not just on the outside. Take a tour inside the cabin with Interior Design Manager Jonathan Sandys. After working on both F-PACE and F-TYPE over the past six years, he’s just the person to take us from front to back.
The driver’s seat
Sitting in the driver’s seat, you’ll feel F-TYPE’s influence at every touch. Jonathan says, ‘We took all the knowledge and philosophy that we’d developed on F-TYPE, and transformed it for F-PACE’s architecture.’ That means F-PACE’s cockpit is very driver-focused – with intuitive controls right at your fingertips.
Jonathan explains; ‘The tactile elements like switch-gear, door handles, metal paddle shifters, and a high console means everything feels very close to hand, giving the driver a very immediate experience. You have that feeling of being cossetted in the car. As this is an SUV rather than an out-and-out sports car, we don’t need the same one-plus-one feel of F-TYPE – but there are certain elements of this we do want.’ This is brought to life with the sporty centre console, enhanced with raised buttress features, which help to give that ‘fast’ line from the console to instrument panel.
- F-PACE central console
- F-PACE steering wheel detail
As Jonathan says, ‘With the saloon cars, everything is very clean, flush, and elegant. With the sports and lifestyle cars, we wanted more offset surfaces, more 3-dimensional feeling in all the forms – everything having a greater sense of strength and robustness. But, we still want a lightweight, sporty feel.’ Floating armrests, chicane lines, and ambient uplighting all bring this to life.
The front seats also enjoy an extra sports-car touch – F-TYPE inspired grab-handles on both doors. ‘Having real grab-handles, similar to F-TYPE, contrasts F-PACE with our saloon cars. On F-PACE, we wanted to give passengers something they could really hold on to, with a design that’s synonymous with that sense of speed and performance.’
The passenger seats
Sitting in the rear passenger seats lets you see F-PACE’s practical side. ‘It’s an SUV, so naturally you get abundant headroom through the design of the roofline. We’ve also got class-leading legroom and rear reclining seats – giving an even greater sense of space and comfort. We’ve tried to give as much as possible in terms of usability and practicality.’
This also means 40/20/40 split rear seats; ‘So, you can have two adults in the back, fold down the centre seat, and have plenty of room for long parcels or even a pair of skis.’ Perfect for when you want to take advantage of F-PACE’s more adventurous side.
The load space
Finally we arrive at the rear of the car – and F-PACE’s impressive load space of up to 1,740 litres. The hands-free gesture tailgate means the boot is convenient to open, even when your hands are full – especially with large loads. The load floor itself is flat for easy loading, and you can even choose to reverse the floor itself; carpet on one side, and a rubberised surface on the other, ideal for muddy dogs or wellies.
As Jonathan says, ‘We’ve really tried to focus on what adds value for the driver and passengers.’ From details inspired by F-TYPE, to the features that work for your everyday life, F-PACE is Jaguar’s most practical sports car – whichever seat you’re sitting in.