Updated Jaguar F-Pace gets PHEV 15 | 09 | 2020

    JAGUAR HAS GIVEN its F-Pace, the company’s biggest-selling model, a significant update. In addition to tweaking its exterior styling, Jaguar has completely redesigned the cabin and introduced new mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. On-sale now, prices range from £40,860 to £64,990. (Related: Scots design legend Ian Callum retires from Jaguar)

    Let’s deal with the PHEV first. The new range-topping P400e plug-in hybrid uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol, a 17.1kWh battery and an electric motor. With a combined output of 400bhp and 640Nm of torque, it’s the quickest model in the line-up, capable of 0-62mph in 5.0secs. Not surprisingly, it’s also the most economical, with Jaguar quoting 130.2mpg and 49g/km CO2. With a full charge, it’ll cover 33-miles on electric-only.


    The update range includes other new engines, but before we look at those, let’s examine the exterior styling and all-new interior.

    Externally the changes are subtle. At the front there’s a new grille, plus newly-revised LED lights which feature the twin J-shaped lighting signature first seen on the I-Pace. There’s also new LED tail-lamps at the rear. (Related: Jaguar E-Pace Chequered Flag Edition)


    But it’s inside the cabin where the biggest changes have taken place. So significant are the changes that the interior now bears little resemblance to that of the original model. The top of the dashboard has been split into two sections – an upper area that can be finished in wood or aluminum, with a contrasting lower section finished in leather.


    But it’s the dominant,  centrally-mounted 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen which sits on the centre of the dash that grabs occupants’ attention. In addition to featuring Jaguar’s latest Pivi Pro infotainment system, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are built-in. (Related: Jaguar I-Pace is Scottish Car of the Year)


    According to Jaguar, 90% of all commands can now be done within two taps from the home menu. Gone though is Jaguar’s rotary drive selector which rises out of the centre console. It’s been replaced by a stubby ‘palm-shifter’ that features cricket ball-like stitching. Elsewhere, the electric window switches have been moved from the top of the door down towards the grab handles to make them easier to reach; plus new door cards have larger storage holders for bottles.


    Right: back to the engine range. Like the interior, the engines are all new too. Buyers can choose from three diesels and two petrols, plus, of course, the PHEV. All are mated as standard to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and all models are 4WD.


    The diesels, which will form the bulk of purchases, are all 48V mild-hybrid units. The entry-model gets the 2.0-litre four-cylinder, but it’s available in two states of tune, either 161bhp or 202bhp. From launch, the most powerful diesel is the 296bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder. According to Jaguar, it’ll return 38.1mpg and cover 0-62mph in 6.1secs.


    The two petrols are a 247bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo and a new 396bhp mild-hybrid 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit; the latter is fitted with an electric supercharger, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 5.1s.

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    Jim McGill


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