F-Pace buyers face nine month wait

January 11, 2016 | By | In News

In a sign of its expected popularity, buyers of Jaguar’s all-new F-Pace will face a wait of up to nine months before they can get behind the wheel of their own.

The crossover was debuted at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show in a high-octane loop-the-loop stunt, which wowed fans worldwide and set a Guinness World Record for the largest loop completed, with a height of 19.08m (62ft).

Stunt driver Terry Grant, who piloted the car around the loop withstood G-forces of six-and-a-half times the norm as he beat the previous record set by Mattel three years ago. The official video of the stunt, released by Jaguar, has amassed just shy of 900,000 views on YouTube.

The F-Pace is a first of it kind for Jaguar, a sports-utility crossover from a brand that has previously focused on luxury and performance. Set to be officially launched this spring, parent company Jaguar Land Rover has warned that buyers may have to wait until winter before the car is delivered.

While declining to reveal forecasts for the F-Pace, of which the £65,000 launch model has sold out, JLR has said it expects sales volumes to be below its biggest-selling car, the XE. The new F-Pace will retail at an average of between £35,000 and £45,000.

UK sales director at JLR, Chris Newitt, commented: “The ideal lead time for us is three to six months but it is likely to be six to nine months for the F-Pace. The car market is currently very healthy and very competitive.”

With 2.63m cars registered, the UK auto sector hit a new record in 2015. Meanwhile JLR also had reason to celebrate, breaking through the 100,000 model mark for the first time in a single year in Britain.

Author: Laura Thomson

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After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

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