Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has officially launched the entry-level Jaguar F-Pace, one that is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine. Prior to this, Jaguar’s first SUV – also the 2017 World Car of the Year – was offered here solely as the 35t model with a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 petrol.

Three trims are available, starting from the base Prestige (RM425,800), R-Sport Mid-spec (RM476,800) and R-Sport Hi-spec (RM498,800) – the top-of-the-line 2.0L model is a full RM100k cheaper than the 3.0L V6 Prestige (RM598,800). Prices are GST inclusive but excludes road tax, registration and insurance. Each purchase comes with a five-year warranty plus the Jaguar Care programme – five-year/65,000 km free service and three years roadside assistance.

All three trims share the same 2.0 litre turbo four banger, producing 250 PS and 365 Nm of torque (90 PS and 85 Nm less than the 3.0L V6). With the standard ZF-sourced 8HP45 eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive, the SUV sprints from 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. The higher tuned 300 PS version gets there in six seconds flat, but so far there’s been no indication of its arrival here.

According to Jaguar, the 8HP45 transmission is more compact and features a state-of-the-art pendulum damper in the torque converter to absorb low frequency vibrations, allowing the engine to run at lower speeds without compromising refinement. The higher torque-rated 8HP70 is used for the supercharged V6 model instead.

The F-Pace also comes with Configurable Dynamics, which enables drivers to choose between Normal or Sports settings for the throttle response, gearbox and steering. There’s also Adaptive Dynamics that modifies damping qualities – this system analyses acceleration, cornering, throttle and brake pedal activity to optimise the suspension settings.

In the looks department, it’s not entirely different than the 3.0L model. The front fascia is largely the same with full LED headlights and huge mesh-type grille, while the lower valance gets LED DRL bars and air curtains.

The wheels are 20-inch alloys and there’s even a fixed panoramic roof as standard. Only the R-Sport High-Spec gets 360-degree surround camera system, adaptive cruise control with queue assist and the 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster with four graphical themes.

To find out more about the F-Pace’s equipment and specs, head over to CarBase.my. Also, watch the walk-around video below to properly acquaint yourself with the 2017 World Car of the Year. So, liking what you see here, folks? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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