Jaguar pounces on PHEV with new F-Pace

James Batchelor

15.9.2020

Jaguar has given its F-Pace SUV a comprehensive makeover and revealed a new plug-in hybrid version.

The F-Pace for 2021 (which is available to buy now) gets a larger grille, new bumpers front and rear and new headlights and rear lights. More significantly, Jaguar has ripped out the old, slightly dated-looking interior and installed one with a more premium look and feel, plus a swish new infotainment system called Pivo Pro. It's the same system you'll also find in the revised Jaguar I-Pace and the new Land Rover Defender plug-in hybrid.

There is also a new plug-in hybrid model to make the car more attractive to company car drivers.

The F-Pace gets a new look front and rear

Called the P400e, it uses the same plug-in hybrid set-up as the Land Rover Defender P400e. That's a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a 105kW electric motor, giving a total output of 399bhp. The motor powers through the normal gearbox and retains the all-wheel drive system. 

The Jag is a bit kinder to the environment and goes further than the big Land Rover, as the F-Pace coughs out 49g/km (compared to 74g/km for the Defender) and can travel up to 33 miles on pure electric power (compared to the Defender's 27-mile range). It's also more frugal and returns a claimed 130.2mpg.

The 105kW motor is powered by a 19.2kWh battery which can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes if plugged into a rapid charger. Use a 7kW wallbox and an 80% top-up will take 1hr 40 minutes, while a charge from a three-pin socket takes another four hours.

The F-Pace P400e range kicks off with an S model for £56,060 and rises to £62,175 for the HSE. There's an R-Dynamic pack available for all models, which inflates the price range from £57,155 to £64,490. There are potentially some big savings for company car drivers as the P400e falls into the 12% tax band. 

Crucially the Jag is cheaper than the BMW X5 45e - but it can't match the German's longer range and lower 10% BIK tax rate. This could mean the BMW is actually cheaper to run despite being more expensive to buy. 

The better quality F-Pace interior is now reddy
F-Pace is cheaper than a BMW X5 to buy, but has a higher BIK tax rate

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