Updated Jaguar F-Pace SUV gets new looks, buckets of tech

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Words: Matthew Hansen
15 Sep 2020

British firm Jaguar has unveiled its 2021 F-Pace SUV, featuring a handful of visual changes, some fairly comprehensive technology updates, and a new hybrid option.

In terms of its exterior, the easiest way to identify a 2021 F-Pace is via its new ‘Double J Blade’ day-time running light LEDs. A pair of these sit either side of a slightly enlarged primary grille, and underneath the leading edge of a more sculpted bonnet. 

Other exterior tweaks include new vents on the front wings, new taillights, and a restyled rear bumper and diffuser arrangement.

The aforementioned new headlights feature camera-based adaptive high-beam assist, which is just the start of the F-Pace’s new tech changes, although the majority are cabin side.

A curved 11.4-inch high definition touchscreen headlines the advances inside, which help revamp an interior that was starting to feel somewhat dated. That curved screen is supported by a 12.3-inch HD digital cluster for the driver, featuring full-screen 3D navigation.

The F-Pace’s PiviPro interface is capable of over-the-air software updates, thanks also to the adoption of Jaguar’s Electronic Vehicle Architecture. Active road- and engine-noise cancellation mean that occupants will be well placed to enjoy the Meridian Surround audio system, too.

It’s early days in the grand scheme of the reveal, meaning that engines for the Kiwi market haven’t yet been confirmed.

In the US, at least, the new F-Pace will be available with a choice of three powertrains; a 184kW 2.0-litre turbo four in the 250 and S 250, a 3.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged inline mild hybrid six that’s good for a claimed 250kW, and a more powerful version of the same 3.0-litre twin-charged engine in the R-Dynamic S 400.

In this final application it produces 295kW, which Jaguar claims is good enough to scoot from stationary to 96km/h in five seconds. Each engine comes paired with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

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