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Geneva, 7 March 2017: The Jaguar F-PACE is among the finalists for the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year crowns at the 2017 World Car Awards.

Jaguar’s performance SUV is one of three cars on the shortlist announced at the Geneva Motor Show. The winner will be revealed at the New York International Auto Show on 13 April based on the votes of a 75-strong judging panel.

The World Car Awards’ jury of international automotive journalists will also determine the World Car Design of the Year winner, with Jaguar’s first ever SUV in contention for honours after making the final three.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “By remaining absolutely true to our design principles the F‑PACE is immediately recognizable as a Jaguar. For it to be named among the three finalists for the World Car Design of the Year award and to be recognized by such an experienced and talented group of designers gives me great personal satisfaction.”

The initial shortlist for the World Car Design of the Year award was selected by a panel of six design experts including Patrick le Quément, Designer and President of the Strategy Committee, and Sam Livingstone of the Car Design Research consultancy and Royal College of Art.

Since going on sale in April 2016, the F-PACE has become the fastest-selling Jaguar ever.

Kevin Stride, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar F-PACE, said: “The F-PACE is Jaguar’s first SUV but delivers the agility, responsiveness and refinement for which Jaguars are famous. Its combination of dynamic handling, desirable looks and everyday practicality have helped F-PACE become a huge success around the world.

The World Car Awards jury comprises influential motoring journalists from 24 countries. Mike Rutherford, Juror, Director and Vice-Chairman of the World Car Awards/World Car of the Year said: "Jaguar's F-PACE is the only product on the planet that can win two prestigious trophies at the 2017 World Car Awards prize-giving ceremony in New York next month.”

"By qualifying as a top three finalist in the World Car Design of the Year and overall World Car of the Year (WCOTY) categories, the company's prestige SUV has a great chance of walking away with two of the six trophies up for grabs at the New York International Auto Show on April 13."

The F-PACE is Jaguar’s first performance SUV and family sports car. Engine options range from the efficient and innovative four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, with CO2 emissions as low as 126g/km* to the high-performance 380hp, supercharged V6 petrol model that can accelerate from
0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds.

* When fitted with ULRR tires

18MY Jaguar F-PACE

New for 2018 model year, F-PACE features more powerful, efficient and refined engines, with a trio of new powerplants welcomed into the line-up. With CO2 emissions as low as 126g/km* on the combined cycle, the new 163hp four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel provides optimised fuel economy. The manual RWD derivative delivers 380 lb-ft of torque and impressive fuel economy of up to 4.8l/100km*. This earns it the E-Performance badge, which is reserved for models that combine traditional Jaguar performance with the most affordable ownership costs and optimised efficiency.

Visual changes to the 18MY F-PACE range include a revised colour palette and the introduction to the options list of the distinctive 15-spoke 22-inch alloy wheels originally fitted to First Edition models.

World Car Awards

A panel of 75 highly respected jurors from 24 different countries voted for an initial shortlist of vehicles before the three finalists were announced at Geneva Motor Show. The final standings will be revealed at the New York Auto Show in April.

World Car Awards/World Car of the Year is independently ranked by Prime Research as the number one automotive awards programme on the planet.