Jaguar refreshed its F-Pace SUV for 2021, with both exterior and interior upgrades, while introducing a plug-in hybrid variant.
Under the hood, fueling this beauty would be petrol and diesel Ingenium engines, the latest four and in-line six-cylinder models with mild-hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology complementing the ride in select models.
At first glance, the most notable details are the slimmer LED headlights and taillights featuring what Jaguar is calling ‘Pixel LED technology’ (optional), providing adaptive light controls. The newly sculpted bonnet featuring a wider bulge extends to the slightly larger grille with ‘diamond’ detailing, showcasing the classic Jaguar insignia.
Unlike its predecessor, the F-Pace’s fender vents sport the leaping jaguar logo, while redesigned air intakes and bumpers, front and back, give it a wider presence. The changes seen are not extensive as Jaguar’s exterior design boss Adam Hatton himself admits, “We’ve had a good era [of design] from 2013’s F-Type and a generation of cars that came from that.” and it would be unwise to tweak an already working formula.
However, the real fine-tuning is seen in the interior. It has been given an entire overhaul that interior design chief Alister Whelan says addresses all the complaints from the previous versions. Headlining the cabin is the new 11.4-inch touchscreen curved display that uses the ‘Pivi Pro’ infotainment system, first debuted on the Land Rover Defender, followed by the steering lifted from the I-PACE and a configurable driver’s display console.
Then, physical climate control knobs are set below the interactive screen with a new drive selector featuring an upper section finished with ‘cricket-ball’ stitching in the middle, twin cup-holders, and stowage section under the central console. A red dashboard features leather trimmings with matching wider seats with the Jaguar Leaper embossed on the headrests (on selected models) and door casings with increased storage space complete the luxurious feel of the interior.
In addition to this, the cabin offers air quality control, wireless charging, road noise cancellation, and over-the-air updates too. Obviously, there is no cheap plastic feel anywhere. As Whelan puts it, “The comfort of this interior (compared to the older) is chalk and cheese.”
Jaguar is offering this gorgeous update in six powertrain options. However, the main highlight is the P400e PHEV plug-in hybrid equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo petrol engine and a 141bhp electric motor, churning out a combined 398bhp and 472lb-ft of torque. It is capable of reaching 0-60mph in 5.0sec while offering a claimed 33 miles of electric-only driving. Not bad, right?
The MHEV integration uses a Belt integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) to harvest energy usually lost when slowing down and braking. The system is quite similar to KERS used in F1, allowing to store the power in a separate 48V lithium-ion battery and redeploy it later to help with acceleration.
“The heightened luxury and attention to detail inside the F-PACE with seamlessly integrated state-of-the-art technologies ensure both driver and passengers feel a real sense of occasion whenever they get in the vehicle,” says Julian Thomson, Jaguar design director.