Jaguar’s first step into the SUV segment, the F-Pace, is one of the greatest sales success stories. This is an accomplishment that becomes even more impressive when you consider that it has to compete with a larger and more powerful group of competitors than other models in the company’s lineup.
Cars like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Audi Q5, the BMW X3 and the Mercedes GLC all have their own strengths, so F-Pace needs to stay fresh in order to continue to battle class leaders. To this end, Jaguar has treated its SUV with extensive mid-life design changes.
The exterior changes are subtle but do some important things: make the car look wider, better planted, and less heavy. The reshaped bonnet extends further into the top of the grille and removes unsightly covers, while the grille itself has a new mesh design with diamond details and a finish that Jaguar calls “elegant chrome”.
There’s a new bumper, wider air intakes and new slimmer (by 10mm) LED quad headlights with the company’s dual motif. Something similar happened at the rear, with a new lower bumper and taillights similar to those of the I-Pace.
The F-Pace gets a new dashboard with soft leather straps with a soft grip and a simpler and more elegant center console. It has a large 11.4-inch curved glass touchscreen on which the JLR’s new Pivi Pro infotainment system runs, but also revised heating and ventilation controls that replace the previous black plastic buttons for a much higher quality swivel control in the range Eliminate the need for rover style.
The old F-Pace pop-up rotary switch is gone and has been replaced by a conventional lever for an eight-speed automatic. The driving mode is now selected by a smaller dial instead of the button row of the original car. The steering wheel will also have haptic touch-sensitive controls.
The Jaguar F-Pace is the last car to use the Rowdy V-6, and an extensive facelift for 2022 brings a straight-six line with top-range that seems much more suited to Jaguar. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 246 hp and entry-level turbocharger stays where it was, but now a 3.0-liter six-cylinder is at the top. With an electric charger and a twin-scroll turbocharger, the six will be available with 335 and 395 horsepower.
The new engine is suitable for automobiles, but the transmission tends to hinder the response of the powered Jaguar. F-Pace is happy to deliver a full-speed take-off with no drama, and Jaguar’s claim to a 5.1 second time between zero and 60 mph feels believable. Throttle response is good and there is little lag, but sudden acceleration demands while driving in the drivetrain seem to confuse the drivetrain, with obvious pauses as the transmission executes the kickdown strategy and then sends the selected gear.
|Engine||supercharged, turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection|
|Displacement||183 in3, 2996 cm3|
|Power||395 hp @ 5500 rpm|
|Torque||406 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm|
|Passenger Volume||97 ft3|
|Cargo Volume||27 ft3|
|Curb Weight||4600 lb|
|60 mph||5.0 sec|
|100 mph||12.7 sec|
|1/4 mile||13.5 sec|
|Top Speed||155 mph|