The Car Connection Jaguar F-Pace Overview
The Jaguar F-Pace is the British luxury automaker's mid-size crossover SUV. It was the first Jag SUV but was quickly joined by the smaller E-Pace and all-electric I-Pace.
The F-Pace is distantly related to the XF sedan, and shares a powertrain. It's the opposite of corporate-sibling Land Rover's straight-edged shapes; the F-Pace has gently curving rear quarters, four mesh grilles on its front end, a signature LED lighting pattern embedded in its slim headlights, and semi-circular taillights also rendered in LEDs.
With the F-Pace, Jaguar finally has a crossover SUV that consumers craved. By itself, the model doubled the number of new cars Jaguar sells each year.
Jaguar refreshes the F-Pace for 2021, with a slightly revised exterior, a redesigned interior with a new infotainment system, and a simplified model lineup with more equipment. The 296-hp turbo-4 is dropped and the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is replaced by a mild-hybrid 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that is tuned for 335 hp or 395 hp.
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The F-Pace arrived for the 2017 model year. At launch, it offered a choice between a lower-output and a higher-output version of the same supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. With direct injection and Roots-type supercharging, the engine made 340 hp or 380 hp in the S model. Both were teamed with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the 380-hp version got paddle controls for the transmission. Jaguar said the F-Pace S was capable of 0-60 mph times of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
Later in the 2017 model year, a diesel engine arrived. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline-4 made 180 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, and delivered fuel economy ratings of 26/33/29 mpg.
In 2018, a new Ingenium 2.0-liter turbo-4 joined the lineup with 247 hp or 296 hp. It could push the F-Pace from 0-60 mph in a claimed 6.6 seconds in its lower tune and 5.8 seconds in its higher tune. In 2019, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR joined the range with a 550-hp supercharged V-8 and an upgraded suspension to match.
For 2021, the lower-power version of the gas turbo-4 remains, but it's now quoted at 246 hp.
All-wheel drive is standard on the F-Pace. It's a system shared with the XF sedan, where it's an option. The system uses a central multi-plate clutch and a chain drive to shift power from the rear wheels to the front, at up to a 50/50 split. The actual power split is figured by the car's traction- and stability-control systems. There's a related system that enables three adaptive modes for the all-wheel-drive system's operation on slippery surfaces, and another function that's effectively a low-speed launch and cruise control.
The F-Pace has up to 8.4 inches of ground clearance, and approach and departure angles of 22.5 degrees and 22.9 degrees, front and rear. It can wade through water up to 20.7 inches high.
For ride and handling, the F-Pace uses variable-ratio electric power steering and a suspension made mostly from aluminum, with double control arms at the front and a multi-link rear, with integral links in a rear subframe. Adaptive dampers are an option, and can be configured in the F-Pace's driving-mode programming. The F-Pace has electronic torque vectoring across its rear wheels, which range from 19 to 22 inches.
At launch, the F-Pace's cabin was similar to that of the XE and XF sedans. It was a spare design with most of the space on top versions dedicated to digital displays. Base models had an 8.0-inch touchscreen front and center; pricey models got a 10-inch screen in the center of the dash, with a 12.3-inch panel swapped in for the gauges. Elsewhere, the F-Pace could wear a mix of cloth and leather upholstery, wood or aluminum trim, and metallic detailing on its controls—down to the hockey-puck-shaped controller that selects the automatic transmission's gears.
The cabin and infotainment have changed for 2021. A traditional-syle gear shift replaces the puck, the climate controls are more ergonomic, the materials are upgraded and feature contrasting stitching and colors, and the new Pivi Pro infotainment system uses an 11.4-inch touchscreen. The system is powered by Blackberry and is 15 times faster than the outgoing InControl Touch Pro interface.
A five-seat wagon, the F-Pace splits the difference in size between the now-discontinued XE sedan and the lone remaining sedan, the XF. It rides on a 113.1-inch wheelbase, and is 186.3 inches long overall. The front seats can be upgraded to sport seats with leather, heating, and ventilation. The rear seats have a split-fold three-piece design, and power-fold flat to boost the F-Pace's cargo space from 28 cubic feet to 65.1 cubic feet. A power tailgate is standard, while gesture-controlled opening is available.
The F-Pace hasn't been subject to crash-testing. Standard features include automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, a driver-attention monitor, an exit monitoring system, a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams.
In the 2020 model year, Jaguar added some special editions, but deleted the turbodiesel from the lineup.