Jaguar’s fastest selling model ever has been given a substantial makeover. At an online press conference we got the low down on the revised SUV and its many talking points. As you’d expect the body, lights and interior get a little bit of attention to enhance their styling. Under the bonnet and behind the dash there are substantial improvements across the all wheel drive only range.
The engine range features revised, next generation ‘Ingenium’ petrol and diesel engines (163hp-400hp) that feature mild hybrid (MHEV) emission reducing technology. The biggest news powertrain news is that for the first time in an F-Pace there is a full PHEV offered. The ‘P400e’ version is not only powerful with 404hp and 650nm but ridiculously green next (49g/CO2) to the other engine options. 0-100km/h takes just over 5 seconds and with an electric-only driving range of up to 53km (WLTP) the PHEV goes straight to the top of our shopping list.
In styling terms the F-Pace looks a sharper with a new bonnet that goes further down towards the grille, super-slim (-10mm) LED quad headlights, a new grille, new rear lights and bumper. The large Jag badge at the front conceals the radar. New 21 inch wheels are on the options list. The ‘R Dynamic’ sport trim has the most impressive street presence.
Inside there is an all-new interior that looks impressive (don’t worry the red interior is optional). Improved, soft touch, high quality materials help create ‘a tranquil cabin space’ according to Jaguar. The new F-Pace gets improved connectivity and touch screens (they were never a strong point). Jaguar’s latest ‘Pivi Pro’ dual-sim infotainment is the main attraction and accessed through an all-new 11.4-inch HD curved glass touchscreen mounted in a magnesium frame. Jaguar says that new ‘Software-Over-The-Air’ capability will ensure the latest vehicle systems and infotainment are installed seamlessly and remotely.
Covid-19 has made us all more aware of the air we breath and to this end Jaguar has been working away behind the scenes. ‘Cabin air ionisation with PM2.5 filtration’ is designed to capture ultra-fine particles and allergens before they enter the cabin and this heightened functionality will reassure buyers that their F-Pace cabin is a healthy place to be. Jaguar says ‘Innovative Active Road Noise Cancellation’ will help add to the car’s premium experience. It looks like Jaguar has done enough to keep the F-Pace relevant next to its premium rivals. We look forward to test driving it soon.