Jaguar is on a roll. With the introduction of its entry-level XE compact sports sedan, and now the F-Pace—Jaguar’s first-ever SUV—the venerable British marque has five vehicles in its lineup for the first time in its rich 80-year history. With an aggressive pricing strategy that sees its vehicles selling for several thousand dollars less than its German competitors, many customers are cross-shopping the Leaping Cat for the first time.
With the introduction of these two products in volume-selling segments, it’s quite possible that Jaguar’s sales could double in the upcoming year—and perhaps even triple. These are critical vehicles to the brand’s future. So how exactly does Jag’s first foray into the world of SUVs fair? We flew to Aspen, Colorado, to test out the sporty crossover in hairpin switchbacks, mountainous ascents, and even in some off-road Rockies tomfoolery. Here’s what we learned.