Jaguar updates F-Pace SUV with new look and plug-in hybrid power

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Jaguar has kept onto the plug-in hybrid trend by electrifying its F-Pace SUV.

On sale now, the 2021 F-Pace has been comprehensively made over with a raft of new styling features, a whole new interior, plus there’s a range of new engines including a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Styling updates include a larger, more imposing grille and new bumpers front and rear. The LED headlights are new, too, as are the rear lights giving a fresher look.

Inside is where the big changes lie, however. Much like Jaguar Land Rover did with mid-life updates for the Discovery Sport and XE saloon, the F-Pace’s old interior has been ripped out and replaced with one clothed in richer, more expensive feeling materials and finer detailing.

The tech has been updated as well as Jaguar has added the Pivo Pro infotainment system first seen in the new Land Rover Defender. The screen is larger, more intuitive and is paired with a new digital screen in front of the driver.

There’s a whole new centre console with better storage, a new start/stop button and drive select switch and the old car’s cool rotary gear selector has been replaced with a more conventional lever, covered in cricket ball-stitched leather.

Under the bonnet lies a range of new engines. There are 2.0-litre mild-hybrid diesels (badged D165 and D200) and a brand new JLR-built 297bhp 3.0-litre mild-hybrid straight-six.

The petrols consist of a 2.0-litre unit and a 3.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged straight-six.

All engines are mated to eight-speed automatic gearboxes and all-wheel drive.

The big new addition, however, is the P400e. It’s a plug-in hybrid and uses the same system as found in the new Defender – a 2.0-litre petrol engine hooked up to 105kW electric motor and a 19.3kWh battery. The pure electric range is 33 miles, CO2 is 49g/km and it falls into the 12 per cent company car tax bracket.

Prices start at £40,860 for the D165 2.0-litre diesel and top out at £64,990 for the P400 3.0-litre petrol R-Dynamic HSE.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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