Another Freshened Face: Jaguar Updates the F-Pace

another freshened face jaguar updates the f pace

The model-year updates are starting to come in fast and furious.

That includes the Jaguar F-Pace.

For 2021, the changes include an updated interior, an exterior refresh, new engine choices, updated tech, and a couple of convenience goodies.

Let’s start with the outside. The SUV gets quad headlamps that are all-LED. The hood, front bumper/air intakes, grille, and taillights all get updated, as well. Jaguar adds its famed “Leaper” logo to the fenders.

Inside, the biggest change is a curved HD infotainment touchscreen that measures 11.4 inches. The infotainment system is updated to simplify menus – Jaguar claims most actions will require two taps or less – and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the ability to pair two phones simultaneously via Bluetooth are standard.

A 12.3-inch digital display for drivers is available, and it includes features like a turn-by-turn navigation overlay. A head-up display is available, too. Wood and aluminum trim bits will be available to dress up the cabin. Jaguar claims to have further spiffed up the joint by increasing the use of soft-touch materials, particularly in frequently touched areas, such as the armrests and side of the center console.

The center console is new, and it includes a wireless phone charger. New seats have wider cushions to go along with massage functionality, and Jaguar claims that the heated and cooled seats will cover more of one’s, um, seated area. Some models will get the Leaper logo embossed into the headrests and a set of upholstery tags that reference Jaguar’s history.

Noise cancellation will cancel out road and engine noise, and there is standard ambient lighting.

Over-the-air software updates are now available, along with an exit-monitoring safety feature that alerts occupants to approaching cyclists or cars or whatever before they open the door. Blind-spot assist with rear-traffic monitor is standard, along with a 360-degree camera with 3D capability.

Heated seats, premium audio, keyless entry, and satellite radio are standard. Jaguar’s Activity Key can now start the F-Pace even when the key fob isn’t present.

There are three gas engines available, all pairing to an eight-speed automatic transmission: A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 246 horsepower and 296 lb-ft of torque (250, S 250 trims), a 3.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged inline-six that makes 335 horsepower (S 340), and a 3.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged inline-six that makes 395 horsepower (R-Dynamic S 400). All-wheel drive with a rear-drive bias is standard and the two six-cylinder powertrains are mild hybrids.

The mild hybrids use a belt-driven starter/generator to harvest energy that would otherwise be wasted during braking and stores it in a 48V lithium-ion battery. From there, that energy can be re-used to assist with acceleration. Drive modes include Comfort, Eco, Rain/Ice/Snow, and Dynamic. An Auto Vehicle Hold feature builds on hill-hold assist systems and applies the brakes to hold your F-Pace in place until you touch the gas.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover]

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  • Pmirp1 Pmirp1 on Sep 16, 2020

    Jag needs to go back to design language of old Jag XJ sedans and XJS coupes. Anything else is not a Jag.

    • Thornmark Thornmark on Sep 17, 2020

      little if anything identifies that as a Jag except the leaping cat Jaguar is a dying brand

  • FreedMike FreedMike on Sep 16, 2020

    I'm no fan of this kind of vehicle, but the updates do address my main beef about this model, and Jags in general: the dour, zero-panache interior. I like the styling and material choices here a lot. It may not be the traditional "walnut paneling and leather" from the old-school Jags, but it looks cool and distinctive.

  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
  • Daniel J I believe anyone, at any level, should get paid as much as the market will bear. Why should CEOs have capped salaries or compensation but middle management shouldn't? If companies support poor CEOs and poor CEOs keep getting rewarded, it's up to the consumer and investors to force that company to either get a better CEO or to reduce the salary of that CEO. What I find hilarious is that consumers will continue to support companies where the pay for the CEOs is very high. And the same people complain. I stopped buying from Amazon during the pandemic. Everyone happily buys from them but the CEO makes bank. Same way with Walmart and many other retailers. Tim Cook got 100m in compensation last year yet people line up to buy Iphones. People who complain and still buy the products must not really care that much.