Gallery: Jaguar Shows Off the 2017 XE and F-PACE in Austin, Texas

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XKSS. E-Type. XJ220. Jaguar has made some of the most beautiful rolling masterpieces the world has ever seen. Earlier this week, it and the staff of Jaguar Land Rover Austin held a launch party for the 2017 XE sport sedan and F-PACE luxury performance SUV at a fitting place: the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum in Austin, Texas.

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The venue’s four acres of lush greenery and dozens of bronze and stone statues were destinations themselves, but we were there to see the red covers pulled off of the X-Type’s successor and Jaguar’s first-ever sport utility vehicle. Both the XE and the F-PACE expand the Jaguar portfolio to a five-model lineup. If all goes according to the brand’s plan, they’ll also help Jaguar double its sales this year.

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Both models are available now, but it will take some to see if people will embrace a British alternative to the popular four-door competitors from the three big German companies whose names we all know. Perhaps Jaguar’s first SUV will do for it what the Cayenne did for Porsche. We’ll find out, eventually.

Until then, check out the picture gallery of the 2017 Jaguar XE and F-PACE below.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

Derek can be contacted at [email protected]

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