Following the overhaul of their compact luxury sedan, the Jaguar XE, Jaguar will soon update the XF and Sportbrake variants, as well as the F-Pace and E-Pace SUV siblings in the coming months. Our reader Aurélien Pio recently caught pre-production prototypes of all three models in Switzerland, donning the typical camo wrap to hide new details from prying eyes.
Yet the camo cannot hide the fact that the exterior updates to all three models are not significant; rather a nip and tuck like the 2020 Jaguar XE received. Expect the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace, 2021 Jaguar F-Pace and 2021 Jaguar XF to receive facelifts to its front and rear fascias that include new bumpers, headlights, taillights and engine grille. Also to be introduced are new alloy wheel designs and a handful of new paint colour options.
2021 Jaguar XF Sportbrake & 2021 Jaguar F-Pace
The interior is where we could see much bigger changes. While the cabin design could be more or less identical to the outgoing models, the new Jaguar F-Pace and XF will have technological upgrades to stand far apart. Like the XE and i-Pace EV, it is expected to have a dual touchscreen system; one for infotainment and the other for features like climate control, driving modes and more. It could also receive a derivative of JLR’s all new infotainment system that made its debut in the 2020 Land Rover Defender as well as more advanced ADAS features that could match with ones offered in their respective German rivals. Other expected changes include switching the rotary-style gear selector for a more conventional shifter and a new, sportier steering wheel design, both of which we’ve seen in the new XE. As for the E-Pace, given that it’s a much newer product than XF and F-Pace, the changes are likely to be limited to new materials for interior trim and the new infotainment system.
Rumour has it that the new XF and F-Pace will receive RDE2-compliant 2.0L 4-cyl ultra-efficient diesel engines that made its debut in the 2020 Jaguar XE, ahead of the emission regulation change in 2021. The 3.0L Supercharged V6 petrol found in the sportier XF S and F-Pace S will not make a return, although its unclear if JLR’s new inline-six petrol found in the new Range Rover Sport will serve as a replacement. We’ll soon know if the engine options will have some form of electrification like the 48V mild hybrid system available in its Land Rover cousins.
2021 Jaguar E-Pace
As for the E-Pace, it remains to be seen if Jaguar will stick to the current model’s old D8 platform shared with the first-gen Discovery Sport and Evoque, or make the switch to JLR’s new PTA (Premium Transverse Architecture) like the revised 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport. If they take the latter route, the platform can support JLR’s latest 48V mild hybrid system found in the 2nd gen Range Rover Evoque and new Discovery Sport, which combines a 0.2kW/hr li-ion battery pack and a belt-driver starter motor/generator. The engine lineup will likely remain the same; the 2.0L turbo petrol available in 197 bhp, 247 bhp and 296 bhp, and the new RDE2-compliant 2.0L 4-cyl ultra-efficient diesel engines. As with the Evoque, there is talk of a PHEV variant in the works for the E-Pace, which will combine the new 1.5L three-cylinder motor with an electric motor, which could produce around 250 hp, and offer limited electric-only driving range.
Jaguar could unveil the facelifted 2020 Jaguar XF and the 2020 Jaguar F-Pace later this year, while the new E-Pace is likely to arrive a bit later, given that it launched much later than the other two. Another highly anticipated launch from the British manufacturer is the all-new Jaguar XJ flagship, which will solely be sold as an EV. It is expected to be unveiled later this year.