2021 Jaguar F-Pace facelift: The Jaguar F-Pace is a luxury SUV that occupies a unique space.
Although it is slightly larger than the X3 or GLC, it is not as large as the X5 and GLE. It will likely be completely unrecognizable if Jaguar’s ambitious electrification goals come to fruition.
Jaguar has also given the vehicle a substantial mid-cycle update (it’s been around since 2016), to help it get through this temporary phase. What does this mean for the outlier in the ever-growing luxury SUV market?
2021 Jaguar F-Pace Facelift: Interior, Touchscreen, Features
The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace may look minimal from the outside. The SUV’s interior is almost identical to its predecessor.
The interior was dark and lacking in features. It has been replaced by a more modern, rich-looking space.
Our car’s Mars Red color scheme, which also has a tan option, is more eye-catching and tasteful than a bright red interior.
This layout is typical for cars in this price range, featuring a high cowl with horizontally-themed elements.
The soft-touch leather covering almost every surface and the strakes at the air vents make the car look great. Even the footwell plastics feel soft-touch, which is quite rare at this price range.
The new Pivi Pro touchscreen is the centerpiece of the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace Cabin. The Pivi Pro touchscreen is a leap bigger than the rest of the cabin. It has a clearer display, smoother transitions, and a more intuitive layout.
The cabin even comes with a separate power source, which allows you to pair your phone almost immediately once you enter the cabin.
This is in addition to the excellent Android Auto integration. It did occasionally glitch and there was no wireless Android Auto/Apple Carplay. These issues should be resolved with SOTA capabilities.
The new gloss black climate controls, as well as the aluminum-cased center console, are both completely new and better than ever. It matches the arty look of the cabin.
The leather-stubbed shifter is much easier to use than the rotary dial. We would prefer the rotary climate knobs to be a little less plasticky and the capacitive switches could have been more tactile.
The door cards are now much more functional and have a fixed window switch layout. The sill now has enough space to rest your arms, and the contrast stitching looks very nice.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace’s rear-seat passengers are well taken care of. It is wider than the X3 and this is evident here. The F-Pace has enough space for your feet.
The reclining seats provide good support and offer a pleasant angle of recline. The F-Pace is easy to use for chauffeurs.
They will love the four-zone climate control system and the deep Meridian sound system.
However, Jaguar’s premium pricing should have included ventilated front seats and rear sunshades.
The safety features are unchanged with the new 360-degree camera system and front side and curtain airbags. However, the useful lane departure warning system that was in the earlier version has been removed.
2021 Jaguar F-Pace: Exterior Changes
The Jaguar F-Pace’s exterior has been updated to look fresher. To keep the Jaguar F-Pace’s slimming look, the larger, brushed chrome studded grille is complemented by the slimmer headlamps and bugged new bonnet.
This effect is also created by the new design of the 19-inch wheels. India-spec F-Pace now only comes in the R-Dynamic package. This adds sharper bumper details to the Jaguar’s coupe-esque design.
2021 Jaguar F-Pace Driving Impressions
The Jaguar F-Pace is mechanically unchanged and still offers a Jaguar-like combination of driver involvement as well as comfort while on the move.
The new bonnet allows you to see out from the front, but you don’t have to sit high as a driver.
As we have said, the new Jaguar steering style is excellent, especially with the cold stainless steel paddles that work well on the few occasions they are used.
Variable-ratio tuning gives the F-Pace agility that is not common for an SUV that weighs over 1,800kg despite being made of aluminum.
Although there is some body roll due to this and the 200mm ground clearance, these movements are very progressive and well contained.
The F-Pace is not light on its feet, but it offers a confident and agile driving experience, whether you are navigating traffic for your daily commute or taking to the hills to escape.
AWD, which is primarily rear-wheel driven, plays a part here. It will only send torque to the front when you accelerate or go around bends.
A brake-based torque-vectoring technology that breaks the inner wheels to send more power to it also exists. This system was very effective in keeping things under control when turning at high speeds.
The F-Pace’s mechanicals is shared with the Range Rover Velar. This lightweight combination is complemented by a Land Rover-like sense of indestructibility.
It was particularly impressive how it handled the monsoon-ravaged Mumbai roads during our time with it. The SUV rides very comfortably in all situations thanks to the steel springs.
The Jaguar F-Pace has been updated to include a new diesel engine. However, the original P250 petrol is maintained.
The 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine from JLR’s Ingenium series offers 250 PS and 365 Nm. This is a slight disadvantage to some of its rivals.
This torque is quite low, and the SUV’s agile demeanor ensures that it never feels outmatched.
This sense is further enhanced by a realistic, speaker-enhanced growl. The throttle pedal is quite responsive at the initial input and can be a little too aggressive in stop-go situations.
The 8-speed ZF torque convertor is a little less alert in these situations, but the S gearbox mode manages this to some extent.
We can’t help but wish for a stronger engine option, despite the F-Pace being more expensive.
Perhaps the Defender’s 300PS motor or the mild-hybrid 3.0-litre would have increased the excitement. The 2.0-litre’s flat and featureless power delivery does not help.
2021 Jaguar F-Pace Facelift: Verdict And Prices
Jaguar F-Pace should be selling better than it does. It offers a unique experience that is rewarding and satisfying enough to satisfy whether you enjoy driving or relaxing in the back.
Although we would have preferred more features and a stronger motor, you can rest assured that the Rs. 84 lakh that you pay on-road will be well worth it, especially with the better-executed interior.
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