Jaguar Is Testing Its F-Pace in Extreme Conditions and Wants Us to Know About It

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Usually when a carmaker is developing a car, they take the prototypes to the extremes of the globe, trying to see how it handles both incredibly low and high temperatures. That’s how we end up with tons of photos taken by our spy photographers during winter time, somewhere near the Arctic Circle.
That’s also how we ended up seeing some other cars in prototype guise ahead of their scheduled debuts, photographed in various deserts around the world.

However, things apparently didn’t work this way at Jaguar up until now. If we’re to take their latest video seriously, we could easily guess that their previous models were just tested around the UK. We know that’s not true but then again, the press release they just published wouldn’t make sense otherwise.

In it we’re told that the upcoming Jaguar F-Pace was “exhaustively tested in the most demanding locations” and that its durability was “proven at extremes of hot and cold: -40°C to +50°C”. All that was to make sure the dynamics and performance were optimized for all conditions and this is actually the first time gravelled mountain passes were included in a Jaguar test.

Considering that they didn’t build an SUV up until now, we guess that makes sense, but it’s quite peculiar how they decided to simply brag about it.

Come to think of it, that’s what people are expecting from a company that wants to run with some of the best in the business. Since Jaguar declared that it wants a piece of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz’s business, it’s only fair that they should test their cars the same way.

For example, Bentley has a test program that involves taking their GT Convertible model out in the desert and testing its AC with the roof folded. The car will only pass the test if the temperature inside doesn’t go over 23 degrees Celsius. How’s that for an extreme test, Jaguar?

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