A New Look for Jag’s Aging Crossover
Jaguar sold just over 31,000 cars and SUVs in the United States last year, nearly half of which were F-Paces. To say that the company’s biggest SUV is its most important model (at least on our coast) is an understatement. And now the company’s bestseller – a fat cat gorging on profits, if you will – gets a major update.
Jaguar updates the exterior of the 2021 F-Pace with its current design language, taking cues like the LED daytime running light blades and the silver strakes in the side intakes of other models in its lineup. The rear gets new taillights that mimic what you find on the I-Pace, while the rear bumper looks sleeker with a little tweak.
That’s what matters inside the 2021 F-Pace
While updates to the exterior are standard rates for a mid-cycle refresh, the interior is a whole different ball game. The infotainment of the F-Pace undergoes a major overhaul. Where the funky, recessed touchscreen once lived, there’s now a virtually bezel-less 11.4-inch touchscreen that rivals Tesla Model Y’s. It floats perfectly above the dashboard and is slightly curved to optimize viewing angles and reduce glare.
Jaguar says the new screen is up to three times brighter and 48% larger than the one it replaces. It is also home to the next generation of Jaguar infotainment. The brand calls it Pivi Pro and tries to rid the F-Pace of the woes of the old setup. The screen is divided into three main sections: media, navigation, and external devices, like a smartphone. It supports pairing of two smartphones at once and offers live updates.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and the setup even connects to Microsoft Outlook and Google calendars to help you keep track of major appointments and events. The system also pairs with an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. Much like Audi’s so-called virtual cockpit, the Jag’s gauge cluster displays everything from navigation directions and multimedia information to contact lists and more right in front of the driver. The new instrument cluster can also be combined with a head-up display.
But the changes don’t stop at the F-Pace’s infotainment system. There’s a new steering wheel (just like the one on the recently updated XE), a redesigned center console with a drive-mode selector that pops in and out of the center tunnel, and a new shifter with a scroll wheel from the center. volume just to the left of it. For 2021, perks like heated seats, keyless entry and a 14-speaker Meridian sound system are standard on all F-Pace models.
We’ve said before that the interior of the F-Pace doesn’t match its price tag, and it looks like Jaguar is taking steps to address that issue. The cabin of the F-Pace now benefits from active road noise cancellation, a more liberal use of soft-touch materials and a new cabin air ionizer capable of capturing ultrafine particles and allergens . There are also new materials, like open-pore wood, which make the interior of the F-Pace even more luxurious.
But wait, there’s more to F-Pace 2021!
The F-Pace also sees its powertrain options revamped for 2021. All of the crossover’s engines are mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive is standard across the board. The base powertrain is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that develops 246 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque at 1,300 rpm.
Upgrade to the 3.0-liter six-cylinder options and also take advantage of “mild hybrid” technology, a first for Jaguar. The lesser of the two I-6s makes 335 ponies at 5,500 rpm and 354 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm. The most powerful engine option for the 2021 F-Pace (at least until the announcement of the next F-Pace SVR) is rated at 395 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 406 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm.
These figures put the F-Pace well in line with the horsepower figures of competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43. What remains to be seen, however, is whether the changes Jaguar has made to the 2021 F- Pace will help it steal its sales from its competitors.
Pricing details have yet to be announced, but it’s safe to assume that the in-depth overhaul means Jaguar will be asking for a bit more of your hard-earned money this time around. In short, we’d expect the 2021 F-Pace to be priced a bit more than the 2020 model’s starting $ 46,350.