2021 Jaguar F-PACE Gets a New Interior, Powertrain Updates, and More

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Written by Paul Strauss | September 21, 2020
2021 Jaguar F-PACE Gets a New Interior, Powertrain Updates, and More

I’ve spent a bit of time behind the wheel of a few Jaguar F-PACEs since it first broke cover back in 2016. The luxury crossover is one of the most dynamic and fun to drive, and it’s always looked better than most SUVs too. For 2021, Jaguar has refreshed the 4-year-old vehicle with a mix of aesthetic and functional upgrades, most notably under the hood and inside the cabin.

For starters, there are two new drivetrain options that build on prior supercharged 3.0L-liter V6 variants by adding a mild-hybrid capability. This 48-volt electrification isn’t there for fuel efficiency, but it gives the engines better low-end torque, improved response off the line, and smoother overall start-stop operation.

There’s a 335 horsepower/354 lb-ft. torque version, as well as a 395 horsepower/406 lb-ft. torque version, sold under the S 340 and R-Dynamic S 400 badges. The 246 horsepower/269 lb-ft. torque, 2.0-liter turbo-4 carries over and comes in the P250 and S 250 trims. 0-to-60 times are 5.1 seconds for the S 400, 5.8 seconds for the S 340, and 6.9 seconds for the P250 and S 250 variants. Like before, every F-PACE features an 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drivetrain. There’s no word yet on a V8-powered SVR version for 2021.

While the exterior of the new F-PACE gets some subtle tweaks, like new slimline quad LED headlights with Jaguar’s signature “J-blade” DRLs, the real upgrades are inside, especially on the dashboard and center console. Everything flows better than before, with a refined new look that’s more linear and horizontal than the outgoing model. Of particular note is the new 11.4-inch curved glass touchscreen, which is nicely integrated into the center stack, and runs a new version of the Pivi Pro infotainment system, which is designed to be faster and more intuitive than ever. It offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, as well as the ability to receive software updates over the air.

Wireless charging comes standard now too. There’s also an available 12.3″ high-definition driver display which can display navigation directions, maps, and other useful information right in the instrument cluster.

Jaguar will offer premium finishes including open-pore wood veneers and aluminum, and there are more soft-touch materials throughout the cabin. Seat cushioning has also been upgraded, and a massage function is also available for the driver and front passenger. I’m also happy to say that the knob-based gear shifter is gone, replaced with a chunky joystick-style control. I know that knob shifters are a popular way to save space and make things look sleek, but I’m not a fan of the old design.

Other changes for 2021 include a standard 14-speaker Meridian sound system and heated seats on all F-PACE models, as well as the availability of a cabin air ionization system for improving air quality. Retail prices and a release date for the new 2021 F-PACE have yet to be announced, but you can register for more information on the Jaguar website.

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