At Jaguar, they are aware that the sedan sector is in the doldrums. For this reason, the British firm is betting strongly on its SUV range. Currently, its offer is divided equally: Jaguar has three SUVs (E-Pace, F-Pace, and the electric I-Pace) and three saloons (XE, XF, and XJ, although the last of them went out of production a few months ago and there is still a little while for the arrival of its new generation).
However, this will change in the short term: Jaguar plans to launch a fourth SUV (the J-Pace) and eliminate the XE and XF, which could be replaced by an electric sedan similar in size to the Tesla Model 3. Therefore, Jaguar’s future rests on two main pillars: SUVs and electrification.
In this context, the recently launched restyling of the D-SUV F-Pace takes on particular importance. Beyond a slightly renewed aesthetic and state-of-the-art technological equipment, the British SUV now boasts a complete range of electrified engines, in which we find both mild-hybrids and a plug-in hybrid variant.
The new model’s aesthetic changes are subtle, with a slightly larger grille, a more muscular hood, headlights with a contemporary interior layout, narrower lights, new bumpers, and a revamped tailgate. In short, a facelift with which the model intends to approximate the image of its desired electric brother, the I-Pace.
Inside, the improvements focus on connectivity, with a new Privi Pro infotainment system (shared with the I-Pace and the latest Land Rover models) associated with an 11.4-inch touch screen. The digital instrumentation for its part consists of a 12.3-inch display that can also be accompanied by a Head-up Display.
Interestingly, the F-Pace dispenses with its old round gear selector, which is replaced by a classic lever. In the field of equipment, we cannot fail to mention both the new wireless charger for smartphones and the possibility of accessing OTA updates thanks to integrating two SIMs with their respective LTE modules, which will also give users access to a series of connected services.
The entire F-Pace range will feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system as standard. The model will be offered with four 48-volt mild-hybrid versions (three diesel and one gasoline) and one plug-in hybrid. Thus, the 2.0D MHEV four-cylinder diesel is available in two powers (163 hp or 204 hp). In contrast, the 3.0D MHEV six-cylinder diesel (300 hp) and the 3.0 MHEV gasoline six-cylinder (400 hp) are available with a single power level, respectively.