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This is the new Jaguar F-Pace SUV

It has a POWER BULGE. It has ELECTRICITY. Plus, a bigger GRILLE. There’s more, too

Published: 14 Sep 2020

This is the new, facelifted Jaguar F-Pace. It’s a subtle makeover of Jag’s really rather good SUV, intended to give it a “cleaner, more assured presence”.

As such, the bonnet has been redesigned with a bigger bulge up top, while sitting underneath is a slightly larger grille with ‘diamond’ detailing. As per The Rules, there are new air intakes and some dark mesh detailing said to give it a wider visual stance. It looks… neat.

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As standard you get LED headlights that automatically adjust to signs and oncoming traffic, while the rear gets slimline lights that first debuted on the I-Pace, and a new tailgate. R-Dynamic spec provides sportier-looking gloss black elements.

It sits on Jag’s aluminium-heavy ‘electronic vehicle architecture’, and there’s a range of 2.0- and 3.0-litre turbo petrol and diesel engines, with mild-hybrid tech available on all bar the entry- and range-topping petrol 2.0-litre. So, there’s a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with either 161bhp or 201bhp, and a 2.0-litre turbo petrol with 247bhp and 401bhp, the latter a plug-in hybrid.

A pair of 3.0-litre sixers – one diesel, one petrol – offer up 400bhp. All F-Paces are matched to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, and the mild-hybrid cars get belt-integrated starter generator systems to recoup slowing/braking energy. That plug-in hybrid, called the P400e, can do up to 33 miles on e-power alone and can fast charge from 0-80 per cent in half an hour. It’ll also do 0-60mph in 5.1secs.

Phew. Enough numbers, one suspects. Let’s step inside.

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Jag has cleaned up the inside considerably over the previous gen. The headline act is that 11.4in central touchscreen that handles the ‘Pivi Pro’ infotainment. Thankfully, you’ll see physical climate dials remain. Phew.

We’re promised more storage, vireless charging, open-pore wood veneers and aluminium, new door casings, massaging seats with wider cushioning (read: remaining lockdown weight won't be squished by a sports seat, yay!), cabin filtration and a new drive selector to replace the old circular dial gearknob thing, which always split opinion.

Speaking of DRIVE, Jag tells us the torque split on the F-Pace is rear-biased, with a range of modes and a dizzying array of tech thrown in. Stuff like over-the-air software updates, road noise cancellation, a ‘clear exit monitor’ (car/cyclist alerts), 3D surround camera tech, and the option of R-Dynamic spec.

Prices range from £40,860 for an entry-level diesel to £64,990 for a 6cyl petrol, though we suspect a blood 'n' thunder performance version, a la the F-Pace SVR, to follow along at some point to lord it above them all.

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