2021 Jaguar F-Pace revealed: price, specs and release date
The Jaguar F-Pace large SUV has been given an all-new interior and a refreshed engine line-up to go with exterior design tweaks...
On sale December | Price from £40,860
They say it’s what’s inside that counts, and the team behind the mid-life update of the Jaguar F-Pace appears to have taken this to heart, because it’s there that you find the biggest changes.
Indeed, the interior of this refreshed large SUV is all-new, with it dominated by a huge, 11.4in touchscreen that’s gently curved so that it mirrors the shape of the restyled dashboard and sits snugly against it, instead of requiring a separate mounting.
Previously you got an 8.0 or 10.2in screen, but the new one isn’t just larger; it’s said to be much more responsive and now allows remote software updates. Meanwhile, below it sits a second screen, which replaces most of the conventional air-con controls and further ups the wow factor.
This lower screen is the same one that you get in the I-Pace electric car, so we know that it keeps distraction to a minimum, thanks to the way it’s complemented by two physical dials that change function depending on the menu selected.
Jaguar has also responded to criticism of the materials used in the F-Pace, with the hard, scratchy plastics of old all banished in favour of leather-wrapped surfaces, and genuine wood or metal trim. Interesting touches include gear selector stitching inspired by that of a cricket ball. And there’s now extra storage space, after owners cited this as another bugbear.
One thing that obviously hasn’t changed is the F-Pace’s fundamental dimensions, but then it was always roomy enough for four six-footers. What’s more, it’s now available with the sports front seats from the F-Type R sports car, which not only look and feel great, but free up a useful amount of extra rear leg room because they’re thinner than the standard alternative.
The exterior update is more subtle, but Jaguar's exterior design boss Adam Hatton says he felt detailing was an area where the brand needed to get better, leading him to create a detail design group within his team, which is led by a former watch designer.
Changes include a larger front grille, reshaped bumpers, slimmer headlights (incorporating J-shaped LED daytime running lights) and tail lights that now take their inspiration from those of the futuristic I-Pace instead of the 60s E-Type.
The bonnet has been extended all the way to the front of the car; previously there was a separate panel ahead of it, which left an ugly shutline. However, it’s not all good news because the restyled side vents (which now feature a leaping Jaguar) are clearly fake and look quite cheap.
As for engines, the headline news is a new plug-in hybrid model, which combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for 398bhp, 0-60mph in 5.0sec and up to 33 miles of pure electric range. Alternatives include updated 2.0-litre diesel engines and new 3.0-litre petrols and diesels, all of which feature mild hybrid technology to boost efficiency.
The new 201bhp 2.0-litre diesel, for example, emits 163g/km of CO2 and averages up to 45.4mpg in official WLTP tests, whereas the equivalent figures for its popular predecessor were 177g/km and 41.9mpg, even though that had just 178bhp.
The F-Pace has the potential to be quieter than before, too, because versions equipped with the Meridian premium sound system now feature an Active Road Noise Cancellation system, which monitors vibrations from the road surface and calculates the opposite phase sound wave needed to remove the noise heard by occupants.
Other technology available includes adaptive cruise control (the sensors for which are hidden behind the Jaguar badge on the front grille, instead of requiring a section to be blanked off), all-round cameras and a self-parking system. Meanwhile four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox are now standard across the range.
Deliveries of the new F-Pace begin in December, although it's available to order now, with prices starting from £40,860. This means it narrowly undercuts key rivals such as the Audi Q5 (£42,950) and BMW X3 (£41,485).
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A great all-rounder; very refined, with a classy, spacious interior.
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Strong, frugal engines, sharp handling and intuitive infotainment.
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