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2021 Jaguar F-Pace gets an exterior refresh, electrified engines, major interior upgrade

The Jaguar F-Pace has been significantly refreshed for the 2021 model year.

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Jaguar hasn't just tweaked the F-Pace here and there for the 2021 model year. They've substantially upgraded the entire model, from front to back and most everything in between.

The 2021 F-PACE will be offered in four grades: F-PACE 250, S 250, S 340, and R-DYNAMIC S 400. All-wheel drive is standard.

At its face, the new F-Pace features ultra-slim all-LED quad headlights with "Double J Blade" daytime running light signatures. Front and center is an enlarged grille that features the heritage Jaguar logo-inspired diamond detailing. High beam assist is standard. At the rear, slim lights feature Jaguar's double chicane graphic, just as they are on the I-Pace.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace The company's double chicane graphic features on the taillights.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

A sculpted hood has a reduced number of shut lines and the side vents of the model now feature Jaguar's Leaper emblem. The F-Pace R-Dynamic features distinct elements designed to give the SUV a performance-focused look. Opting for the Black Exterior Pack adds Gloss Black elements.

The 2021 F-Pace will be sold with the buyer's choice of three engines in the U.S. The F-Pace 250 and S 250 get a 246-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The mid-grade S 340 has a 335-horsepower, turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder mild-hybrid engine. The F-Pace R-Dynamic S 400 is powered by a 395-horsepower, turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder mild-hybrid engine. All gasoline-powered engines are paired with the same eight-speed automatic transmission.

Drivers can choose from Comfort, Eco, Rain-Ice-Snow ,and Dynamic drive modes. The smallest engine gets from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. It takes the F-Pace R-Dynamic just 5.0 seconds to accomplish the same feat.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace The F-Pace has received styling improvements on its front, back, and sides.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Jaguar's design team has spent a significant amount of time on the interior of the 2021 F-Pace. It has a new cockpit design that places greater focus on the driver. At the center of the dashboard is an 11.4-inch curved-glass high-definition touch screen that is encased in a magnesium alloy. That screen is three times brighter than the previous 10-inch screen.

The touch screen features Jaguar Land Rover's Pivi Pro operating system (the base model has the older Pivi system). The next-gen system offers improved controls and simplified menus. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is the ability to connect two smartphones to Bluetooth at the same time.

In front of the driver is a newly available 12.3-inch high-definition driver's information screen that features a configurable layout that includes full-screen navigation with turn-by-turn directions, digital dials, and infotainment details. A head-up display is also available.

The car's dual-modem setup allows for connectivity by the car without compromising the performance of personal device connectivity.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace interior

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The center console blends with the instrument panel and incorporates a wireless charger. An LED light strip spans the front of the cabin and features 10 color options.

Jaguar has given the SUV a long list of standard features that includes heated seats, keyless entry, a 14-speaker Meridian sound system with Sirius XM. Buyers can opt to add on the Activity Key, which can be used to lock, unlock and start the vehicle without the need for the conventional key fob to be present in the vehicle. Air ionization is also available.

The cabin is finished in authentic materials including open-pore wood veneers and aluminum. Attention has been paid to the shape of forms in the cabin to make them more elegant and sophisticated. Laser-etched mid-line speaker frets, the metallic rotary dial of the JaguarDrive Control, and cricket ball stitching on the Drive Selector enhance the sensory experience.

Soft-touch materials have been used more extensively in the 2021 model with the instrument panel topper, door armrests, console sides and door bins all wrapped for increased tactility.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace All F-Pace models come standard with all-wheel drive.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Jaguar has redesigned the F-Pace's seats to feature wider cushioning, massage functionality, and enhanced heating and cooling areas. The Jaguar Leaper is embossed on all occupant headrests on selected models, and a set of 'Est.1935 Jaguar Coventry' upholstery tags that highlight the brand's heritage.

To improve the ride experience, Jaguar has integrated the brand's new Active Road Noise Cancellation technology into the cabin, which helps to keep road and engine noise at bay.

Buyers who opt for the F-Pace R-Dynamic model will get a sportier interior specification that includes sports seats upholstered in Mars Red, Siena Tan, Ebony or Light Oyster as well as an Ebony headliner and steering wheel. "R" badging is on display throughout the cabin. There are also aluminum finishes throughout the cabin.

The car comes standard with and has available a number of safety and driver assist technologies including Clear Exit Monitor, which warns occupants of an approaching car or cyclist as they exit the vehicle. All F-Pace models get blind spot assist, rear traffic monitor, and a 3D surround camera.

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace will go on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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The Kia Sorento has undergone a bold redo for 2021

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We already knew what the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento would look like thanks to its global reveal in March. Now we now what the U.S.-spec will be getting.

The Sorento will be available to U.S. customers in a new X-Line trim. It features a one-inch lift resulting in improved approach and departure angles. The grade also includes all-wheel drive with Snow mode, and a more robust roof rack.

201 Kia Sorento SX The Sorento has a new, sturdier roof rack.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia will offer the Sorento with four engine options in the U.S. The base power plant is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine achieves 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. It achieves 27 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is available.

Buyers will be able to upgrade the base model Sorento to get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that delivers 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed wet-clutch dual-clutch transmission - the same as what is offered in the Hyundai Veloster N - and is expected to achieve 25 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is available.

The front-wheel drive Sonata Hybrid will feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, 44.2 kWh electric motor, and six-speed automatic transmission.. That powertrain produces approximately 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That's more powerful than the standard four-cylinder in the 2020 Sorento but less horsepower than buyers would get with the 2020 Sorento with a V6. Kia says the model gets 37 mpg combined.

201 Kia Sorento X-Line The new Sorento X-Line model features black design accents and wheels.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

That same engine powers an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid variant of the model that will be available in 2021 and feature 261 horsepower and 30 miles of all-electric range.

U.S. drivers will be able to configure the model with either 4+2 or 5+2 seating. The three-row SUV offers best-in-class front and rear legroom and overall interior passenger volume.

The fully upgraded interior includes a standard 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen that gets bumped up to a 10.25-inch screen in higher trim levels. An available 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster is available. There are eight USB charging ports (six in the LX model) and the larger screen allows for dual-phone Bluetooth Capability.

2021 Kia Sorento The interior of the Sorento features a new design for the automaker.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Opting for a system with UVO telematics adds cloud-based connected routing that allows navigation to be adjusted in real time according to evolving traffic and road conditions. There’s also weather information for up to 25,000 cities, voice assistant functionality, keyless entry user profiles, smart speaker integration, and advanced notifications for things like extended idle times and rear occupancy alerts. The system will automatically contact 911 should it sense that an airbag has deployed.

For the first time, Kia offers the model with on-demand Find My Car functionality with surround view technology that captures images of the vehicle’s surroundings then pushes them to the Kia Access Uvo app to aid in location. Additionally, last mile navigation provides walking directions to a final destination if the vehicle is parked between 0.1 and 1.2 miles away from the destination as entered in the navigation system.

A 12-speaker Bose sound system and wireless charging capability is available.

2021 Kia Sorento A 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen is available, Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia has given the Sorento a host of standard safety features including forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and rear occupant alert. Blind spot collision avoidance assist, passenger safe exit, and blind view monitor technologies are available.

The 2021 Sorento is assembled in West Point, Georgia alongside the Telluride and the K5.

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The 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition features a thermal orange paint job that it shares with the Acura NSX.

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Acura will make a PMC Edition of its best-selling RDX for the 2021 model year. The move comes following successful PMC Edition iterations of the TLX and MDX and forecasts a design change is in the RDX's future.

Named after Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio, the 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition will be hand-crafted alongside the Acura NSX by master technicians. Just 360 of the range-topping RDX PMC Edition models will be made and carry a sticker price in the low $50,000s. Exact pricing will be announced in the coming weeks.

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

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Acura has given each of the North American market-exclusive models a Thermal Orange Pearl paint job - a color shared with the NSX.

It builds on the top-of-the-line RDX, which includes the RDX Advance Package and RDX A-Spec styling. The model gets exclusive black 20-inch alloy wheels, a body color grille surround, black chrome exhaust finishers, and a gloss black roof, side mirrors, and door handles. All-wheel drive is standard.

Acura has pushed the orange color to the cabin where it appears as color-matched orange stitching for the seats, center console, door panels, steering wheel, and floor mats. The RDX PMC edition features a 10.5-inch color head-up display, 16-way power Sport Seats trimmed in Ebony Milano leather and Ultrasuede, heated steering wheel, and heated outboard rear seats.

Like the NSX, each RDX PMC Edition will be built and handled with care. It starts as a body-in-white shell that arrives at PMC to be finished in its orange paint via a robotic paint system. Multiple base coats enhance the paint's intensity. Next ,a mid-coat of gold and orange mica is applied giving off a pearlescent effect in the sunlight. Finally, four layers of clearcoat are applied to increase the paint's luster and protect the finish. The total time in paint, including curing, is five days.

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Post-paint, PMC master technicians begin hand-assembling the two-row SUV starting with the installation of the drivetrains and chassis components, wiring harnesses, and electronics. Then, the wheels and tires are added. The final step in the process is to fit the vehicle with its unique interior including an individually numbered serial plate affixed to the RDX's center console.

Following assembly, the RDX PMC Edition undergoes an identical quality control process as NSX, which includes a full electronic systems line-end test, expert wheel alignment, dyno run, water-leak test and final paint examination. Before exiting PMC, each vehicle is wrapped in a protective film and loaded onto an enclosed, single-car carrier for transport to an Acura dealer.

Acura has introduced a PMC Edition of the TLX and MDX as they have entered the final year of their design phase. Could a refreshed RDX be on the horizon for 2022? All signs point to yes.

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