Jaguar has confirmed that the production version of its new SUV, showcased by the C-X17 concept last year, will be called the F-Pace when it goes on sale in 2016.

Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design, said that the company received an “overwhelmingly positive” response to the C-X17 concept, and that this convinced them to make the car a reality.

He continued: “The Jaguar F-Pace, inspired by the F-Type, represents a perfectly judged balance of performance, style and practicality. It offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, fused beautifully with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior. The F-Pace is our family sports car.”

The F-Pace, which will be built at the company’s Solihull facility, is said to offer class-leading interior space with five usable seats, plus precise handling, a supple ride, and cutting-edge technology.

The company will no doubt draw on Land Rover’s experience to ensure the new F-Pace also has more than a hint of off-road capability.

Andy Goss, JLR’s Global Sales Director, called the car a blend of “grace, pace and space” and revealed that engineering and testing of the new model was already well under way.