Colin-on-Cars – Jaguar’s pacy SUV gets a major upgrade

The fact lady racer Tasmin Pepper was not white-knuckling the grab handles or actively trying to push a foot through the floorboards from the passenger seat as I hurled the first edition Jaguar F-PACE around the Aldo Scribante race circuit spoke volumes for my talent. . .or the ability of the SUV.

I claim a combination of the two. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Now, the Jaguar F-PACE has been fully refreshed with new exterior styling, an all-new interior, new engine options and latest generation Pivi Pro infotainment systems.

The SUV features a cleaner look thanks to a new sculpted bonnet with a wider power bulge and smoother, more precisely defined surfaces. The new bonnet also contributes to a more striking finish by reducing the number of shutlines on the front of the car.

New super slim all-LED quad headlights with ‘Double J’ Daytime Running Light (DRL) signatures, which are available with optional Pixel LED technology, deliver increased resolution and brightness. Adaptive Driving Beam capability evaluates the road ahead and automatically adapts the high beam light to mask oncoming traffic or traffic signs. The system can create varying light beam patterns by selecting different LED segments to optimise visibility without distracting other drivers.  

Premium LED technology is fitted as standard across the range and is available with Auto High Beam Assist on SE and HSE models. Animated Directional Indicators are also available on all models when fitted as part of additional linked options.

At the heart of the new interior is a centrally-mounted 11,4-inch curved-glass HD Pivi Pro touchscreen in a magnesium alloy casing. New finishes, including open-pore wood veneers and aluminium, can be found in the upper door insert and full width ‘Piano lid’ that is formed across the width of the instrument panel.

A new centre console sweeps up to the instrument panel while incorporating a wireless charger and greater stowage capacity. The new Drive Selector features an upper section finished with ‘cricket-ball’ stitching and a lower section made of precision-engineered metal.

New seat designs feature wider cushioning, new massage functions and enhanced coverage of the heated and cooling areas. A set of ‘Est.1935 Jaguar Coventry’ upholstery tags highlight the brand’s heritage, and embossed Jaguar Leaper is included on all headrests of selected models.

The latest Pivi Pro infotainment system is accessed through an all-new 11,4-inch curved glass HD touchscreen. The screen is three times brighter and 48% larger than the previous 10-inch screen, and the simplified menu structures allow drivers to access or view up to 90% of common tasks from the homescreen in two taps or less. 

The F-PACE now also has a 12,3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display with a configurable layout which can show full-screen navigation mapping with turn-by-turn instructions, digital dials, media, contact list or infotainment details. Working in conjunction with the latest Head-up Display technology, new F-PACE gives drivers all the information they need without distraction.

A second-generation wearable Activity Key can be used to lock, unlock and start the vehicle without the need for the conventional key fob to be present in the vehicle. This rechargeable device incorporates a watch and has a battery life of seven days between charges. 

The new F-PACE is available in South Africa with two diesel and three petrol engine options, all featuring intelligent all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmissions. 

Diesel choices include a next-generation 147 kW/430 Nm D200 2,0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium, while a new D300 3,0-litre in-line six cylinder diesel producing 221 kW and 700 Nm delivers acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 6,4 seconds.

A 2,0-litre four-cylinder P250 Ingenium engine with 184 kW and 365 Nm, which completes the 0-100 km/h test in 7,3 seconds, serves as an entry point to the petrol range, while a new 3,0-litre in-line six-cylinder P400 boasts outputs of 294 kW and 550 Nm thanks to its mild-hybrid (MHEV) system. This system features latest engine technologies including an electric supercharger supported by a twin scroll turbo-charger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift (CVVL). In P400 form the new F-PACE is capable of 0-100km/h in 5,4 seconds.

A new 2,0-litre four-cylinder plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model produces a combined 297 kW and 640 Nm from its petrol engine and 105 kW electric motor. The advanced electric motor is powered by a 17,1 kWh lithium-ion battery and helps contribute to CO2 emissions from 49 g/km and fuel economy from 2,2 l/100km as well as performance figures of 0-100 km/h in 5., seconds.

When fully charged, the new PHEV is capable of up to 53 km of all-electric driving, enabling the new F-PACE PHEV to complete a daily commute of 30,2 km in EV mode without requiring a recharge. Fast Charging (32kW DC) is capable of delivering 0%-80% charge in 30 minutes while a domestic 7 kW wall box can provide a charge of 0%-80% in one hour 40 minutes.

All engines are paired with Jaguar’s eight-speed automatic gearbox, which can be controlled using the steering wheel shift paddles for added driver engagement. All-wheel drive is standard across all F-PACE models and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics provides rear-wheel drive biased performance, with the ability to vary torque to individual axles almost instantly depending on conditions. 

F-PACE pricing

  • F-PACE D200                                       R1,122,500
  • F-PACE D300                                       R1,233,200
  • F-PACE P250                                       R1,214,500
  • F-PACE P400                                       R1,239,400
  • F-PACE P400e                                     R1,610,100
  • F-PACE D200 R-Dynamic                     R1,190,500
  • F-PACE D300   R-Dynamic                   R1,301,000
  • F-PACE P250   R-Dynamic                   R1,282,400
  • F-PACE P400 R-Dynamic                     R1,307,300
  • F-PACE P400e R-Dynamic                    R1,672,700
  • F-PACE D200 R-Dynamic Black             R1,176,600
  • F-PACE D300   R-Dynamic Black          R1,287,100
  • F-PACE P250   R-Dynamic Black          R1,268,500

All prices include VAT but exclude CO2 tax. All Jaguar vehicles come with a standard 5-year/100,000 km Jaguar Care Plan and warranty.

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