Jaguar F-Pace update brings 398bhp hybrid and all-new interior

Jaguar has updated its F-Pace, adding hybrid drivetrains, new looks and new technology to its popular large SUV.

Among the major changes for the 2021 model year is the addition of mild hybrid technology to all diesel variants along with the introduction of a high-performance plug-in hybrid petrol.

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Two four-cylinder diesels with mild hybrid systems mark the entry point of the range with 161bhp or 201bhp. Above them is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel with 297bhp. The 161bhp diesel will return up to 45.4mpg, with CO2 emissions from 163g/km.

An entry-level 2.0-litre four-cylinder kicks off the petrol range with 248bhp, while a mild hybrid 3.0-litre offers 395bhp.

All the mild hybrids use a 48V integrated starter generator to provide a torque boost and harvest energy from braking.

At the top of the range sits an all-new plug-in hybrid petrol. The P400e uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 105kW electric motor and 17.1kWh battery to produce 398bhp and offer an all-electric driving range of up to 33 miles. The same drivetrain will also appear in the new Land Rover Defender.

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Official figures put the F-Pace PHEV’s economy at 130mpg, with emissions as low as 49g/km while it will hit 60mph in just five seconds.

All versions of the F-Pace come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

As is standard with midlife facelifts the external updates are subtle but serve to keep the F-Pace looking fresh. At the front of the car a new bonnet with a power bulge, slimline quad headlights and an enlarged grille emphasis Jaguar’s design direction, while a reshaped bumper aims to give the F-Pace a more “assured dynamic presence”.

All models now come with LED headlights, and auto-dimming or Pixel adaptive LED systems are available on higher-spec versions. At the rear, new slimline lights feature the double chicane graphic first seen on the I-Pace and the tailgate features a more sculpted line, leading to a reshaped bumper for added visual drama.

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Larger changes have taken place inside, with the F-Pace getting an all-new interior that aims to focus more on the driver. At the centre of the redesigned cabin is an 11.4-inch curved touchscreen housing the new Pivo Pro infotainment system, from which a reshaped centre console and dashboard extend. The pistol-grip gear selector has been replaced with a squarer metal and leather drive selector with “cricket ball” stitching, while the doors, storage areas and switchgear have been reconfigured to improve ease of use.

New seats feature wider cushioning, new massage functions and larger heated and cooled areas and there is an enhanced air purification system for those worried about pollution getting into the cabin.

The F-Pace also introduces segment-first active noise cancellation and features a new “Guardian” anti-theft mode. This allows owners to set active and inactive times for the car and uses an app to alert them if the car is used during the inactive period.

The new F-Pace comes in seven trim levels - Core, S, SE, HSE, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE, and R-Dynamic HSE. Prices start at £40,860 for the D165 Core, with a 161bhp four-cylinder diesel, rising to £64,490 for the P400e R-Dynamic HSE with the 404PS plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

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