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First 2017 Jaguar F-Pace Photos Show Crossover's Graceful Bodywork

Jaguar's first-ever crossover shows its face.

These are the first official photos of the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace, and they reveal that the crossover's graceful bodywork will contain many styling cues seen on Jaguar sedans and sports cars. The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace seen here is a support vehicle for the Team Sky cycling team competing in this year's Tour de France.

As was evident from our spy photos of the crossover, the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace has a rounded shape overall that starts with the familiar Jaguar face. A rounded-rectangle mesh grille sits between narrow headlights, and creases extend from the grille across the hood to the bases of the A-pillars. The F-Pace's roofline slopes slightly toward its liftgate, and its bodysides are dramatically rounded but lack the sharp, precise character creases seen on many other modern cars. Though it is mostly uncovered, the F-Pace prototype seen here still wears a special vinyl wrap to keep the car's design slightly obscured.

This particular 2017 Jaguar F-Pace prototype will serve as a support vehicle for Team Sky rider Chris Froome on the first of 21 stages of this year's Tour de France, this July 4. Jaguar has developed a special bike rack system for the F-Pace to hold Froome's Pinarello Bolide time-trial bike, while the trunk is packed with spare parts, drinks, energy gels, clothing, and various tools. Jaguar claims the cargo area is the largest in its class, but has not offered any more specific measurements. In the past, Jaguar also built a special bike rack atop an F-Type coupe to support Team Sky.

Based on other spy shots, we know that the interior of the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace will sport the familiar "Riva hoop" trim around the dashboard, as well as Jaguar's large touchscreen infotainment system and assorted leather, wood, and aluminum trim. The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace will be based on the lightweight, aluminum-intensive "iQ" architecture also used for the new Jaguar XF. Under the hood, expect a 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 to be offered in the U.S., with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive.

Jaguar plans to fully reveal the F-Pace later this year. Look for more information on the crossover over the coming months.