Reliable and fun, this 4×4 has got the phwoar factor! Jaguar unveils the F-PACE, its first family friendly sports car

For school run mums who still hanker for a bit of motoring fun and dads who feel too young for a traditional saloon, Jaguar has today unveiled its first ‘family friendly’ sports car.

The F-PACE, its first sports utility ‘crossover’ vehicle, aims to put the ‘phwoar factor’ into the 4×4 market – while providing plenty of room for the children.

The five-door five-seater is designed for families who need child seats in the back.

Unveiled: The F-PACE, Jaguar’s ‘family friendly’ sports car

Unveiled: The F-PACE, Jaguar’s ‘family friendly’ sports car

Priced from £35,000 to £50,000 when on sale next year, it makes its world debut at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Extra grip technology means the car is safe and reliable in all weathers.

It aims to take on German rivals such as Porsche’s Macan and the BMW X3.

Our picture, above, is of the final production version, only previously seen in prototype form as the C-X17 concept car.

The F-PACE will be powered by a new generation of fuelefficient, two-litre petrol and diesel engines, to be built at the firm’s new £355 million plant in Wolverhampton.

These are expected to give up to 75mpg fuel economy with C02 emissions of 99g/km. But drivers who want even more power can opt for the three-litre V6 engine used in the two-seater F-Type.

The car is to be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull factory, near Birmingham. It’s the latest step in ambitious plans which could see JLR’s total production double to 750,000 cars a year. Jaguar sales alone are expected to exceed 200,000 a year.

The F-PACE has a lightweight aluminium-intensive body. A planned electric version is likely to be built in Graz, Austria.

It’s been tested to the limit in some of Earth’s most inhospitable environments, from the searing heat of Dubai, where temperatures can exceed 50c in the shade, to the ice and snow of northern Sweden at a cool minus 40c.

It’ll be Minis and miniskirts at the Goodwood Revival, which begins next weekend. The automotive extravaganza will pay tribute to the fabled Youthquake movement of 1965 as it reaches its 50th anniversary, with a series of celebrations centred around the explosion of Swinging London culture into the U.S. Visitors will be encouraged to unleash their inner Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton or Mary Quant in a Best Dressed contest.

The word Youthquake was coined by Diana Vreeland, then editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue magazine, at what became the dawn of the Swinging Sixties.

Staged every September since 1998, the Goodwood Revival held at the Goodwood Circuit is the world’s largest historic motor racing and vintage culture event, with a sell-out crowd of nearly 150,000 in period costume.

This year’s highlights include 15 races for racing cars and bikes built up until 1966 and a tribute to motor sport legend Bruce McLaren.

Hammered by high fuel costs, online shopping and increasingly numbers working from home, the average number of journeys made by people in England has reached its lowest ever recorded level.

Official figures show the average number of trips fell to 921 last year, the lowest level since records began in the Sixties and down 16 per cent from 1995 to 1097, according to the National Travel Survey (NTS), released by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Paul Watters, AA head of roads policy, said high fuel prices meant people were being more careful in managing their travelling.

Fiat's UK launch of its top-selling 500 super-mini is this week. The car is on sale from £10,890

Fiat's UK launch of its top-selling 500 super-mini is this week. The car is on sale from £10,890

Fiat’s UK launch of its top-selling 500 super-mini is this week. The car is on sale from £10,890

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is often a sound motto. Fiat has clearly taken it on board with this week’s UK launch of the reworked version of its top-selling 500 super-mini.

On sale from £10,890, at first blush it looks just the same as the one it’s replacing — itself a new version of the classic Cinquecento (Italian for 500) of the Fifties and Sixties.

But the Italian car giant insists more than 1,800 modifications have been made for the 2015 model, which comes exactly 50 years after the original, and eight after the 21st-century reincarnation of that classic.

The wraps came off the remastered Fiat at a party hosted by singer-songwriter Ella Eyre, pictured left, who also performed at an exclusive event in Potters Fields Park, South-East London.

Changes encompass revised exterior styling, including new bumpers, front and rear light systems and more colours, enhanced cabin comfort plus an ‘infotainment’ system available with DAB and TomTom satnav.

The engine range, says Fiat, offers more efficiency and eco-friendliness.

Sebastiano Fedrigo, the company’s UK boss, says: ‘With more than 1.5 million sold worldwide, the iconic Fiat 500 must make way for its successor. It has been remastered for a new generation, with advanced technologies, refreshed interior and exterior style and more efficiency and customisation options.’

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