Subtle exterior updates aside, the refreshed Jaguar F-PACE has become all the more compelling, courtesy of new hybrid powertrains as well as a completely revamped interior.
The Jaguar F-PACE has always been one of the most handsome crossovers out there. So, it only made sense for folks at Jaguar to preserve the original design formula of the F-PACE and work on updating other aspects of the car. Case in point – the 2021 F-PACE facelift. Put the pre- & post-facelift versions side-by-side and you'd probably think we're tricking you when we say that the two versions are different. However, look really close and you'll be able to appreciate the subtle changes made to the car's exterior.
The front fascia sports a more dynamic look now, courtesy of new & slimmer LED headlamps with 'Double J' LED DRLs, a more elegant grille design, new bonnet design and a reprofiled bumper. The side profile remains untouched, while the back gains a new set of taillamps with a light signature similar to that of the new F-TYPE. Like the front bumper, the rear bumper has also been redesigned and now sports a more aggressive exhaust tip design and diffuser insert.
The biggest visual makeover, however, has been carried out inside the car. A new, centrally-mounted 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen, housed in a magnesium alloy casing, serves as the command centre for the new Pivi Pro infotainment system. Also new are the steering wheel, door casings, door handles, seats as well as the drive selector, which is now a sort of a cube-shaped shifter with ‘cricket-ball’ stitching on top, instead of the famed Rotary Dial that rises out of the centre console. Speaking of which, the centre console has been redesigned too, which now sweeps up to the instrument panel. The instrument cluster is now a new 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display.
Powertrain-wise, the 2021 F-PACE goes on sale with Jaguar's latest 2.0-litre four-cylinder & 3.0-litre inline-six Ingenium petrol & diesel engines. Apart from a 247bhp 2.0-litre petrol configuration, all powertrains come with mild-hybrid (MHEV) assistance. The only plug-in hybrid version of the F-PACE is the P400e that's powered by the 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol and a 17.1 kWh Li-ion battery that powers a 141bhp electric motor. The powertrain's combined power & torque figures are pegged at 398bhp & 640Nm. These numbers allow the F-PACE P400e to do the 0-100km/h run in five seconds flat!
All powertrain options, including the P400e PHEV, come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox (with paddle shift) & All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) as standard.
There's a fair bit of updated tech as well on the F-PACE facelift, like the Cabin Air Ionisation which now also features PM2.5 filtration. The new Pivi Pro infotainment system features embedded dual-sim tech that allows two mobile phones to be connected to the infotainment system simultaneously via Bluetooth. Apple CarPlay connectivity comes as standard, while Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) updates can be carried out while using the infotainment system, again thanks to the two LTE modems.