2021 Jaguar E-Pace Gets the Knife

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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  • Mjz Mjz on Oct 28, 2020

    Jaguar has lost its brand DNA. Where is the sumptuous interior filled with vast amounts of wood and leather that was always a Jaguar hallmark? THAT interior could be from any CUV currently on the market. Replace all that pleather looking light grey leather on the dash and door panels with a contemporary matte finish open pore wood and then you would have something special. That's what used to make a Jaguar a Jaguar.

  • Brett Woods Brett Woods on Oct 29, 2020

    Spotted a red, original e-pace and thought it looked outstandingly fine. When I made out the “e-pace” badge, I bounded up like a puppy on a stranger. Was this a second offering on Jaguar’s new electric drive train? Gosh. It’s a cracker. Then I got round the back and saw two carbon caked trumpets still dribbling ochre snoz and my impression changed from fabulous wedding guest, to drunken buffoon with tuxedo crotch stain. If I’m having these new thoughts, there must be a lot of other people starting to think the same way.

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • 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.
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