Jaguar’s first-ever SUV, the F-Pace, will soon get a very powerful variant that’ll adopt either the SVR or the R moniker. Current F-Pace S and its 380 horsepower, as it probably uses the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 sourced from the F-Type R, in which it is good for 550 horsepower. The F-Pace is dynamic, beautiful and plush. Not always what we’ve come to expect from an SUV, but definitely what we’ve come to expect from a Jag. This very different Jag has been cleverly positioned in terms of size and price; brilliantly conceived in terms of design and functionality, and sweetly formed in its desirability and brand appeal. Now Jaguar has entered the fray with its freshly-minted F-Pace. And they haven’t just joined the SUV club but set some new rules for it. Jaguar’s claim that the F-Pace is “more Jag than SUV” is underpinned, literally, by the architecture beneath that slinky exterior. Jag claims much of the F-Pace design is inspired by the F-type two-seater — but there’s plenty more Jaguar DNA as well. The company’s commitment to aluminium construction is evident, with 80 per cent of the F-Pace using the lightweight metal. Other reports indicate towards the adoption of an updated V6 which could deliver as much as 500 HP. whatever the case may be, one thing is certain – the Jaguar F-Pace SVR / R is on a mission to become an intimidating rival for the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and the Porsche Macan Turbo. A mid-range version of the F-Pace — the R-Sport model with 3-litre V6 turbo-diesel and an asking price of $90,304. That gets you 221kW of power, a thundering 700Nm or torque, and eight-speed auto, driven through all four wheels. The 380-hp V6 pushes this lightweight SUV around with gusto. That aluminum-intensive body does wonders for speed and agility. It gets off the line quickly and burns through gears up to expressway speeds without a hiccup. The sound is a little weird, though; it’s the same as the F-Type, I think, but without the burble of the exhaust. It’s just kind of buzzy. Gimme that burble and backfire back. S mode and race mode quicken up the steering and throttle. The F-Pace range starts with a smaller (but lighter) 2-litre turbo-diesel from $74,340 — right up to the racy supercharged petrol V6 F-Pace S topping $120k. For the first 12 months of sale, Jag will offer a “First Edition” variant that brings additional equipment to the flagship models.