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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.

Photo courtesy of Jaguar

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

Photo courtesy of Jaguar

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 Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

Nissan

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2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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