The Jaguar F-PACE gains a facelift for 2021 but it’s the completely new interior of the compact luxury crossover SUV that steals the show, focusing on what you’d expect: better materials, more technology, and increased comfort. Here’s a closer look.
What’s new inside – at a glance:
- new driver-focused cockpit with sportier centre console and better console storage
- new finishes including open-pore wood veneers and aluminium
- new Drive Selector with ‘cricket-ball’
- new door casings with 360-degree grab handle and more storage
- new seats with wider cushioning, improved coverage for heating and cooling, new massage functions, and an embossed Jaguar Leaper on the headrests of select models
- improved air quality with Cabin Air Ionisation, activated by the ‘Purify’ button
- centrally-mounted 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen
- improved Pivi Pro infotainment system with two LTE modems
- EVA 2.0 — Jaguar’s advanced Electronic Vehicle Architecture
- new 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display which works with the optional Head-up Display
- optional wireless device charging with phone signal booster
- Active Road Noise Cancellation technology (a segment-first)
- second-generation wearable Activity Key
- advanced driver assistance technology: Clear Exit Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control
- latest 3D Surround Camera technology
Overall, the new cabin takes on a bolder look while retaining the luxury hauler’s upscale features with new materials including open-pore wood veneers and aluminium. The driver now finds a sportier setup including better console storage paired to an improved centre console.
Perhaps the most significant update is to the seats which now gain a massage function, better coverage for heating and cooling duties, and the iconic Jaguar embossed on the headrests of select 2021 F-PACE trim levels.
Reviewing the F-PACE in the past, one of our larger writers has complained about the narrow seats; well, that’s now been resolved with wider coverage as part of the redesign.
The interior doors now offer better storage for things like water bottles, while Jaguar dropped the electric window switches lower for better access and added a glossier 360-degree grab handle.
Cabin filtration system
Before COVID-19 hit, Jaguar was ahead of the game on improving interior filtration systems for better, safer air quality using ultraviolet light technology (UV-C). The new F-PACE builds on this with what the company calls Cabin Air Ionisation — essentially, a filtration system using Nanoe technology which captures ultra-fine particles. End of the day, a healthier and more comfortable experience for occupants.
New 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen replaces 10-inch screen
On the tech side, the previous 10-inch touchscreen is replaced with a new 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen that’s now three times brighter and nearly 50% larger than before.
Latest Pivi Pro infotainment system
Centrally-mounted, the new touchscreen works with the company’s updated Pivi Pro infotainment system allowing easier access to common functions with a couple taps or two — so now fiddling through menus just to find a music track or access the HVAC system.
The improved Pivi Pro connectivity is provided by the latest embedded dual-sim technology with two LTE modems enabling the system to carry out multiple functions at the same time, such as streaming media and downloading SOTA updates.
Unfortunately, wireless charging (with phone signal booster) is optional — a bit of a head-scratcher seeing as many other automakers throw this in as standard.
Rounding things out is the segment’s first Active Road Noise Cancellation, improved real-time viewing courtesy of Jaguar’s latest 3D Surround Camera technology, a selection of advanced driver assistance tech, and a second-generation wearable Activity Key fob for hands-free duties like starting up the vehicle.
What else is new for 2021?
Interior aside, the new F-PACE’s exterior finds a sleeker facelift including a new hood design, super-slim all-LED quad headlights, new grille, and new rear lights and bumper.
Under the hood, a new 2.0L four-cylinder, turbocharged Ingenium diesel engine with MHEV technology or a new 3.0L gas-powered powerplant.