Jaguar F-Pace gets up to speed with new PHEV version

  • First details of Jaguar's updated F-Pace revealed
  • Plug-in hybrid version added to range, interior gets major update
  • On sale now from £40,860

Jaguar F-Pace (2021) front view

The Jaguar F-Pace has received a number of major revisions for the 2021 model year. These include some subtle changes to the way it looks, a much more significant interior upgrade and the introduction of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model as well as a number of new engine variants.

Unless you're a seasoned car spotter, the changes to the way the Jaguar F-Pace look might pass you by. Not that this is a bad thing – the F-Pace is a good-looking SUV, so modifying it too much might lose some of the appeal and the changes here are limited to the finer details.

Jaguar says it's taking some elements of the I-Pace electric car and introducing them to the revised F-Pace. So you get shallower LED headlights (with optional matrix tech) and rear lighting clusters. Cleaner bumpers front and rear finish off the light-touch exterior tweaks, and from the images we've seen, Jaguar has certainly hit the mark.

What changes have been made inside?

Quite a number of things, actually – and about time too. The general layout remains much the same, but the steering wheel from the I-Pace is carried across and there’s a new, chunky drive selector in the centre console, which is being rolled out across the entire Jaguar range.

The biggest evolution, though, is that the old (and increasingly dated) infotainment  has been thrown out in favour of an all-new set-up which debuted in the Land Rover Defender 110. The new 11.4-inch touchscreen is called Pivi Pro, and Jaguar says it's not only significantly faster than the old set-up, but it's far more user friendly. It is mounted above a new setup for the climate control cluster.

Jaguar F-Pace (2021) interior view

Along with the new infotainment system, Jaguar says that the F-Pace benefits from active noise cancellation technology, can be specified with the company’s Activity Key as before, and safety tech like Clear Exit Monitor alerts occupants to cars or cyclists when getting out of the car.

PHEV joins the F-Pace range

It’s the biggest headline in the heavily-revised engine range. The P400e model uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and 105kW e-motor to develop 400hp, allowing a 0-60mph sprint time of 5.0 seconds. The 17.1kWh battery allows for up to 33 miles of electric motoring, Jaguar says, and up to 130mpg if used properly.

Elsewhere, most of the new engine range gains mild hybrid technology and the F-Pace benefits from both straight-six power in both petrol and diesel format. Your petrol choices are a 250hp turbo four (P250, the only engine not to use mild hybrid tech) and a 3.0-litre straight-six engine (P400) featured in the Range Rover Sport.

As for diesels, they're still hanging in there, and selling well, according to Jaguar. You get 165hp (D165) and 200hp (D200) four-cylinders and a 300hp straight-six (D300). All have eight-speed automatic gearboxes and all-wheel drive as standard.

What this means for you

Jaguar says you can order a 2021 F-Pace now, with a basic D165 model coming in at £40,860. The cheapest petrol will make your wallet lighter by £47,545 and the P400e plug-in hybrid starts at £56,060.

The undoubted star of the range will be the P400e, which thanks to PHEV-related breaks in company car tax, should be competitively priced to run – especially so if you're a city dweller, and can really make use of its battery-only driving range.

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Jaguar F-Pace (2021) front view