2021 Jaguar F-Pace Has New Powertrain, Fresh Infotainment Tech

2021 Jaguar F-Pace Has New Powertrain, Fresh Infotainment Tech
  • The refreshed Jaguar F-Pace features exterior and interior design tweaks and a revised trim lineup for 2021.
  • Over-the-air software updates are now standard, as is an 11.4-inch curved-glass infotainment display.
  • There is a new turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six at the top of the F-Pace lineup, replacing the supercharged V-6.

    The Jaguar F-Pace will undergo a refresh for the 2021 model year, with updates that tweak the exterior design, bring more convenience and luxury to the interior, and improve the infotainment system. Jag has also revised the F-Pace’s trim lineup: there are now four trim levels in the place of the previous three.

    But the most substantive upgrades were saved for the engine bay. The F-Pace’s standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is unchanged, but there’s a new optional turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six, which makes use of a 48-volt starter-generator system that Jaguar is branding as mild-hybrid technology. This engine replaces the supercharged V-6 in the outgoing model. Jaguar has yet to pass along information about updates to the V-8–powered SVR high-performance model of the F-Pace.

    The mid-size F-Pace is Jaguar’s best-selling model by a mile, so you can’t blame Jaguar for limiting design changes. No need to change a formula that’s working. Still, if you look carefully you’ll notice a larger grille, a reworked hood designed to minimize the number of sheetmetal breaks on the car’s front fascia, and new head- and taillight designs (the taillights are cribbed from the electric I-Pace).

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    Inside, the biggest changes are to the infotainment system, which is now running the most recent version of Jaguar’s Pivi Pro system, which is now displayed on an 11.4-inch curved-glass center screen. Jag says the new screen is 48 percent larger and three times brighter than in the 2020 model. The 2021 F-Pace will also have the ability to receive over-the-air software updates for the first time. Passengers will also enjoy a wider proliferation of soft-touch materials throughout the cabin and newly standard heated seats, keyless entry, and 14-speaker sound system.

    The F-Pace’s standard engine is still a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which makes 246 hp, and all models still come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. But the optional engine, a 3.0-liter inline-six with an electric supercharger and a twin-scroll turbo, is new to the lineup. In addition to its dual forced induction techniques, the 3.0-liter uses a belt-driven generator and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery to store power gleaned while the engine is running and use that power later to boost acceleration and help smooth the engine’s start-stop system. The six-cylinder can be had in a 335-hp or 395-hp version.

    The F-Pace’s trim lineup is also different this year, with four trim levels replacing 2020’s three. The entry-level trim is 250, followed by S250, S340, and R-Dynamic. No word on pricing yet, but they’ll be in the same neighborhood as the 2020 F-Pace, which starts at $46,350.

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