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Jaguar has just concluded its global media drive for its first ever SUV, the Jaguar F-Pace, in Montenegro – yours truly returned from the beautiful Balkan country just a couple of weeks ago, and you’ll be reading our review of the go-anywhere big cat very soon. In the meantime, the British carmaker has released a stunning 190-image photo set from the drive, and we’ve assembled them all here for your enjoyment.

Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, the F-Pace measures 4,731 mm long, 1,936 mm wide and 1,652 mm tall, with a 2,874 mm wheelbase. This makes it quite a bit longer than its main rival, the Porsche Macan (4,681 mm), as well as the BMW X3 (4,652 mm), Mercedes-Benz GLC (4,656 mm), Audi Q5 (4,639 mm) and Lexus NX (4,630 mm). It’s also wider than all of those, and only the X3 is taller.

Given the large dimensions, it’s no surprise that the F-Pace is claimed to offer class-leading rear kneeroom, and the 650 litre boot space expands to 1,740 litres with the 40:20:40-split rear seats folded flat. There’s also an optional electric recline function for the rear seats.

The F-Pace rides on the same Lightweight Aluminium Architecture as its XE and XF sedan siblings, with 80% of the body made from the stuff. In its lightest manual rear-wheel drive diesel form, it weighs just 1,665 kg – that’s lighter than a BMW 5 Series.

Three engines are available at launch, starting with the new Ingenium 2.0 litre turbodiesel engine that makes 180 PS and 430 Nm, mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is standard on automatic variants and optional on those equipped with the manual.

Moving up the range, there’s the 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 diesel developing 300 PS and 700 Nm and a 3.0 litre supercharged petrol V6 (from the F-Type, no less), pushing out 340 PS – or 380 PS on the F-Pace S – and 450 Nm. The latter engine is the only one that has been confirmed for our market so far, and will enable the SUV to hit 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds in 380 PS tune.

Under the skin, there’s a double wishbone front suspension setup from the F-Type, as well as the XE’s Integral Link rear suspension. Brake-applied torque vectoring is standard-fit, while Active Dynamics damping and Configurable Dynamics drive modes are also available.

The F-Pace’s off-road capabilities are enhanced through several technologies, including All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC) that acts as a low-speed cruise control over rough terrain, Low-Friction Launch (LFL, a Jaguar first) for cleaner getaways and a Land Rover-esque Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) that optimises powertrain and stability control mapping.

Inside, the F-Pace gets the InControl Touch infotainment system from the XE and XF, with an eight-inch touchscreen as standard. You can upgrade to a massive 10.2-inch display on the InControl Touch Pro – which also adds a 60 GB solid state drive – as well as a choice of two Meridian sound systems, including a 17-speaker 825 W surround sound system.

Other noteworthy features include the new Activity Key, a waterproof, shockproof wristband with an integrated RFID transponder that locks the usual key securely in the car when it is inconvenient to carry it around, such as when going swimming or surfing. It uses no batteries, and when it’s used to lock vehicle (by holding it close to the ‘J’ of the Jaguar tailgate badging) it disables any keyfob left inside to thwart thieves.

Safety-wise, the F-Pace gets a raft of advanced driver assistance systems, including pedestrian detection for the autonomous emergency braking system, another Jaguar first. The stereo camera also enables lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed limiter and driver condition monitoring systems.

Sources at Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia have intimated that the Jaguar F-Pace is expected to arrive on Malaysian shores sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. So, what do you think – is it worth the wait?