2021 Jaguar E-Pace Gets the Knife
The Jaguar E-Pace (which is not the electric one, that’s the I-Pace) gets a refresh for 2021.
Yeah, that’s right. It’s another mild refresh story!
It’s the time of year that model changeover begins in earnest, and there’s been no auto shows since February, so instead of a slew of these stories hitting during the various shows, they’re trickling out, likely right up until the end of the calendar year. Especially since the pandemic shuttered production back in the spring. Only just now are 2021 MY test vehicles hitting my local press fleet, so bear with us.
We’ll be writing and you’ll be reading about refreshes for the 2021 (and in some cases, 2022, model year) a lot between now and the time this dreadful year gets put in the rearview.
Ahem. Back to Jag. The 2021 E-Pace gets redone bumpers, LED headlights, LED taillights, a new grille, a roofline that is meant to evoke the F-Type sports car, available black exterior trim bits and accents, new interior features, upgraded infotainment, and updated interior design.
The new cabin includes an 11.4-inch curved infotainment screen, Jaguar’s Pivi Pro infotainment system, new soft-touch areas, and a new filtration system for the optional cabin-air ionization technology.
There’s some performance updates worth noting, as well. A mild-hybrid setup pushes the horsepower output on 300 Sport models to 296. New engine mounts are claimed to improve throttle response, and the point where the front suspension attaches to the chassis is stiffened, which Jag says will result in a more compliant ride. The company also claims overall NVH reductions.
An in-mirror camera for the rearview mirror is now available.
The E-Pace is now considered the entry level crossover/SUV for Jaguar, with base pricing starting at $40,995 for the P250 AWD, $46,095 for the P250 SE, and $49,995 for the 300 Sport. Add $1,050 for destination and delivery.
[Images: Jaguar. European model shown.]
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