THE Jaguar F-PACE has been crowned the best and most beautiful car in the world after double success at the 2017 World Car Awards, scooping the prestigious World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year titles.
The performance SUV is the fastest selling model Jaguar has produced and is only the second vehicle to claim the historic double in the 13-year history of the World Car Awards.
To win the pair of trophies, the F-PACE saw off the competition in a vote of 75 influential motoring journalists from 24 countries.
These are the latest in a line of major honours for the F-PACE since its April 2016 introduction.
To date, the F-PACE has collected more than 40 awards, including being named Women's World Car of the Year and the Auto Express ‘Car of the Year' for 2016.
Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive, said: "The F-PACE was designed and engineered as a performance SUV with exceptional dynamics, everyday usability and bold design. Winning this award endorses the talent and great work of our teams that have delivered the world's most practical sports car and Jaguar's fastest-selling vehicle".
The awards are the first overall success for Jaguar at the World Car Awards. The XE sports saloon was a finalist for the 2016 World Car Design of the Year title.
The F-PACE triumphed over finalists the Audi Q5 and Volkswagen Tiguan to claim the 2017 World Car of the Year prize.
Ian Callum, Jaguar's director of design, said: "The F-PACE is our first ever SUV but it is clearly recognisable as a Jaguar and for it to win the 2017 World Car of the Year trophy vindicates our decision to bring our unique design principles and dynamic qualities to a new sector of the market."
The World Car Awards jury comprises influential motoring journalists and to win the 2017 World Car Design of the Year prize the F-PACE saw off the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Toyota C-HR in the final three.
Mike Rutherford, a juror, director and vice-chairman of the World Car Awards/World Car of the Year said: "Jaguar has done the unthinkable by first securing the World Car Design of the Year award, then lifting the big one - the overall World Car of the Year trophy. 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."
The Jaguar F-PACE, priced from £34,730, is designed and developed in the UK and built at the Lode Lane factory in Solihull alongside Land Rover models including the Range Rover, the new Discovery and the soon-to-be-launched new Range Rover Velar.
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 UK supplier contracts to support its production.
Engine options for the F-PACE range from the efficient and innovative four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, with CO2 emissions as low as 126g/km to the high-performance 380ps, supercharged V6 petrol model that can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds.
The World Car of the Year presentations took place in New York on the eve of this year's New York International Auto Show which runs until April 23.