Jaguar has been busy revamping its lineup recently, so it’s no surprise that the British automaker’s luxury compact crossover SUV also receives an update.
The exterior design isn’t radically different from the pre-facelift model, and that’s no bad thing since the E-Pace has always been one of the sportier-looking compact luxury SUVs out there. The front end has been slightly revised, with the main highlight being the LED headlights with the new signature “Double J” daytime running lights. As with most Jaguar Land Rover vehicles nowadays, those LED headlights can be upgraded to feature Pixel LED technology. Other changes include a revision of the new LED taillights that were inspired by those from the all-electric I-Pace luxury crossover SUV. Under the skin of the F-Pace, Jaguar has implemented numerous enhancements to its core architecture. This includes an improved suspension architecture and more vibration and harshness suppression measures.
A number of interior changes have also been implemented to improve its level of luxury. There are more soft-touch plastics, metallic detailing, and leather surfaces now compared to the previous model. Perhaps the most notable change is the new 11.4-inch curved-glass Pivi Pro infotainment system. There’s also a new 15W wireless charger, a new interface for the optional digital gauge cluster, and a new steering wheel design.
The facelifted 2021 Jaguar E-Pace also isn’t immune to the electrification trend towards the quest for lower emissions and better fuel economy. All gasoline engines now feature mild-hybrid (MHEV) technology with a 48-volt integrated starter generator. The base MHEV gasoline engine is a 1.5-liter inline-3 turbo gasoline that produces 160 hp and gets an 8-speed automatic. Next up are a number of 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo gasoline engines with horsepower figures ranging from 200 hp to 300 hp. The 2.0-liter engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The range-topping gasoline engine is the P300e, which is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain consisting of a 1.5-liter inline-3 turbo gasoline engine and an electric motor. Total system output is at 309 hp, and it can accelerate from zero to 100 kph in just 6.5 seconds. CO2 emissions are as low as 44 g/km, while fuel economy is claimed to be as much as 50 km/l. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic.
As for diesel power, the base engine choice is a non-MHEV 2.0-liter inline-4 motor that produces 163 hp and is mated only to a 6-speed manual. Up next is the same 163-hp diesel as the base engine, but it now has an MHEV system and a 9-speed automatic. The range-topping diesel engine choice uses the same 2.0-liter engines as the other models, but it now produces 204 hp.
The 2021 Jaguar E-Pace will go on sale in various markets around the world starting in 2021.