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Jaguar has unveiled the facelifted version of its popular F-Pace SUV, which boasts a completely redesigned interior and plug-in hybrid power for the first time.

Key to this update is the new PHEV variant, which becomes Jaguar’s first hybrid model to arrive in showrooms. It’s a shared powertrain with Land Rover, which is known as the P400e, and mates together a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and 17.1kWh battery to produce 398bhp.

Providing the batteries are charged, it will deliver the best mix of efficiency and performance in the F-Pace range, reaching 0-60mph in just five seconds, but while being able to return a claimed 130mpg and 49g/km CO2 emissions – thanks to its 33-mile electric range. As it can charge at up to 32kW, Jaguar also claims the battery can be brimmed in as little as 30 minutes.

Mild-hybrid technology has also been introduced onto the majority of the regular petrol and diesel engines, which range in power between 161bhp and 395bhp, though all come with all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. A new 395bhp 3.0-litre petrol engine (badged P400) has also joined the range.

The other big change on this F-Pace is on the cabin, which was previously one of this Jaguar’s weakest links. It now comes with the firm’s latest ‘Pivi Pro’ system, which features a stylish curved 11.4-inch display – bringing a far more modern feel to the interior.

Higher-spec models also benefit from a 12.3-inch digital driver display, while Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring is now fitted as standard. Other clever technology fitted includes a ‘Guardian Mode’, which allows you to specify when the car won’t be used. If the car is then started or unlocked out of these times, the owner of the car will be notified of this – aiming to prevent any thefts or suspicious activity.

Given the already much-praised exterior design of the F-Pace, Jaguar hasn’t changed the formula too extensively. Though look closely and you’ll notice a larger grille, slimmer LED headlights, a new front bumper and redesigned air intakes. All models also now come with LED headlights as standard.

The new Jaguar F-Pace is available to order now, with prices starting from £40,860 for the D165 model in ‘Core’ trim and rising to £64,490 for the P400e plug-in hybrid in top-spec HSE guise.

Ted Welford

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September 15, 2020

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