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Here’s a surprise – our man Danny Tan spotted a lenticular display at the Jaguar roadshow at the Bangsar Shopping Centre earlier today, showing the Jaguar F-Pace SUV. The company’s first-ever crossover is set to go on sale here sometime in the fourth quarter of the year, and this display marks the first time Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has officially acknowledged the car’s impending arrival.

This “3D” display – the kind that is used on novelty mouse pads and collectible cards – shows the full exterior of the car when you’re viewing it from one side, but reveals the interior as you move around. The intent behind it become clear when you read the quote by Auto Express along the side: “The F-Pace rivals cars like the Porsche Macan and BMW X3, but trumps them both for boot space and rear seat practicality.”

That said, the F-Pace is quite a bit bigger than those cars in the first place – at 4,731 mm long, 1,936 mm wide and 1,652 mm tall, it’s 50 mm longer than the Macan and 79 mm longer than the X3. Crucially, however, it does stop a fair bit short from ending up in the next class, where heavy hitters like the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE reside.

Based on the XE and new XF‘s aluminium-intensive architecture instead of the more rugged, predominantly steel D8 platform used on Land Rovers like the Discovery Sport, the F-Pace is more of a proper road car, rather than an off-roader that just happens to have pleasing road manners.

Technology on board includes InControl Touch infotainment systems, an Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system with Jaguar-first pedestrian detection, and off-road-specific features like Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR), All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC) and Low Friction Launch (LFL). There’s even an Activity Key, a waterproof wearable that allows you to keep the regular key safely locked in the car.

Engine options include a 180 PS/430 Nm Ingenium 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, a 300 PS/700 Nm 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel and a rip-roaring 3.0 litre supercharged petrol V6 producing either 340 PS and 450 Nm, or 380 PS on the F-Pace S. Only the V6 petrol has been earmarked for our market so far, mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

One more thing – the car shown here is the First Edition, which is basically the F-Pace S with unique Caesium Blue or Halcyon Gold paint, houndstooth upholstery pattern and a few extra kit thrown in as standard. It’s unlikely that it will be offered in Malaysia, however, as only 2,000 units will be available globally.

Want to know how it drives? Read our review of the Jaguar F-Pace here.