By Moses Ebosele –
Barely one week after a successful media trial in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, sensational Jaguar F-Pace Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) has officially settled in Nigeria.
F-Pace is the first SUV from the Jaguar lineage and is being positioned to offer Nigerians something entirely new from the long list of Sports Utility Vehicles in the country.
Speaking at a colourful ceremony in Lagos on Thursday where the F-Pace was officially unveiled in Nigeria, President of Coscharis Group, Dr Cosmos Maduka, said the vehicle is adequately fortified for the Nigerian market in terms of safety, comfort and security.
Emphasising that Jaguar has come of age, Maduka said his first direct encounter with the F-Pace was in Miami, United State of America (USA) in March this year, adding that the stage is set for the new vehicle to do exploit within the SUV segment in Nigeria.
Also speaking at the event held at the prestigious Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Okey Nwoke, Ufuoma Umukoro (Divisional General Manager in charge of sales), Abiona Babarinde (Group General Manager in charge of marketing), among others explained in details outstanding features associated with the product from Jaguar’s table.
For example, Umukoro informed the audience that the F-Pace is presently the first and only SUV with navigational aid for West Africa, “just type your destination within West Africa and the F-Pace will take you there”.
Akready, Coscharis Motors, representative of Jaguar in Nigeria has put in place sophisticated after sales outlets to cater for the maintenance requirements of the new SUV.
Urging potential owners to feel free to book for test drive, Maduka disclosed that a special discount package has been approved by the company.
With the 280kW supercharged V6 petrol engine, the F-Pace is expected to make aggressive impact in Nigeria and different regions of the world.
Indeed, 10 months after it was unveiled for global sales, F-Pace has won several awards including 2016 Auto Express Car of the Year and 2016 Auto Express Compact SUV of the Year.
It has also assumed the position of Jaguar’s fastest-selling vehicle as more than 14,000 orders have been placed as at press time with 2,000 First Edition models sold.
The F-PACE is fortified with lightweight body structure which comprises 80 per cent aluminium, Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD), Adaptive Surface Response (ASR), power outputs of 250kW or 280kW, and torque of 450Nm, among others.