After it began in Paris, the road to the 2017 World Car of the Year, which ended at the New York Auto Show, where the big winners in each six categories were announced saw F-Pace walking home with the most important crown.
Jaguar's F-Pace mid-size SUV has raced to the head of the pack.
Other finalists for the prestigious top prize this year was the Audi Q5 and Volkswagen Tiguan, other SUVs, indicating how the auto market is changing, with more demand for SUVs.
Not only did the Jaguar F-Pace win the overall award, it also picked up the 2017 World Car Design of the Year trophy too.
The F-Pace is the first SUV from the manufacturer best know for sleek sports cars and luxurious saloons and beat other finalists the Mercedes E-Class, Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman and BMW i3 to top the standings among the 75 judges. Since the World Car of the Year has started in 2003, it is only now that the winning vehicle came from Britain.
On top of this the F-Pace was also awarded the World Car Design award, with the SUV showcasing Jaguar's design pedigree.
The brace of awards is the first overall success for Jaguar at the World Car Awards. "With F-PACE, the British company and its proud and talented workers have taken on and beaten far bigger, wealthier European, Asian and North American rivals". There were doubts regarding the durability and power of the Jaguar SUV.
The new World Car of the Year has contributed to record sales growth by attracting new customers to the brand. The lowest version of the Jaguar F-Pace starts at the price of $42,065.
Jaguar Land Rover invested £120 million in the Solihull facility to build the F-PACE, part of a total £2 billion investment in the plant and awarded £5 billion of United Kingdom supplier contracts to support its production. "This very reporter predicted this victory weeks ago ("...the odds-on pick has to be the Jaguar F-Pace...").
Engine options for the F-PACE range from the efficient and innovative four-cylinder 2 litre Ingenium diesel to the high-performance 280kW, supercharged V6 petrol that can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds.