Jaguar has been pretty quiet this year. Whereas most of its European luxury competitors have launched several new cars in 2020, the British automaker hasn't been as active. If anything, most of the attention has been at Land Rover with the all-new Defender.
But Jaguar isn't a company that sits still, so they gave an update to one of their best-sellers, the F-Pace. The F-Pace crossover has been a hit for Jaguar, so perhaps it was time for it to get a bit of an update. The thing is, the updates aren't seen on the surface, but rather, under the skin.
Most of the changes done to the high-riding Jaguar are under the hood, and it's all about power and electrification. For the 2021 model year, most F-Pace crossovers will get mild-hybrid powertrains. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel gets some electric assist, which should help fuel efficiency. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel benefits from the mild-hybrid upgrade. Also, the turbo inline-sixes get more power, now making 340 PS and 400 PS.
But for those who want high-performance and high-efficiency, Jaguar has introduced the plug-in hybrid version of the F-Pace. While it uses a compact 2.0-liter engine, electric motors give it even more power than the turbocharged six-cylinder version. The plug-in hybrid F-Pace has a combined output of 404 PS, and it can even drive on pure electric mode for up to 53 kilometers. Dubbed the P400e, Jaguar even claims this electrified F-Pace can do up to 45.4 kilometers per liter. Not only that, but they also say the crossover can hit 100 km/h from a standstill in just 5.3 seconds.
As for the rest of the car, it gets a mild facelift on the outside. There's the new headlights, which now come with a different set of LED daytime running lights. The front bumper gains larger corner intakes, while the rear bumper gets a more dynamic look. New wheel designs are also part of the package, along with more color options.
Inside, the infotainment system gets a hardware and software update. The screen is much larger than before, and the system displays a new interface. Jaguar also redesigned the digital instrument cluster for 2021 to bring it up to date. Last but not least is the new electro-mechanical gear selector, eliminating the pop-up dial from the pre-facelift models.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is now on sale in Europe. We can expect the facelifted version to arrive here eventually. After all, the F-Pace is sold here by All British Cars, the official distributors of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in the country. That said, don't expect it to land here within the year.