Facelifted F-Pace to earn 48-volt P400 tech


The Jaguar F-Pace range is set for a boost next year when JLRโ€™s 48v architecture creates its most potent six-cylinder variant yet. Slotting in beneath the red-blooded V8 SVR and above the non-electrified stuff, the mild hybrid P400 will combine JLRโ€™s turbocharged inline-six with a belt-integrated starter generator, improving fuel efficiency and enhancing performance thanks to its instantaneous supply of torque under heavy loads and between gearshifts.

The F-Pace P400โ€™s powertrain, which is also headed for the facelifted F-Type and all-new Defender, arrives as part of JLRโ€™s big push to reduce the average CO2 output of its line-up by electrifying a version of every model in the range. But it also pushes the six-cylinder F-Paceโ€™s performance closer to the realms of the F-Pace SVR, which is due on roads early next year using Jagโ€™s 550hp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 (and is set to eventually switch to BMW 4.4-litre V8 power, as part of JLRโ€™s new engine supply deal).


Weโ€™re expecting the P400โ€™s design to therefore project the powertrainโ€™s mix of performance and efficiency, with sporting features โ€“ including the large exhaust system we assume is hidden by covers in our spy pictures โ€“ but none of the brutishness seen on the Special Vehicle Operations model. The facelift itself looks to be mild, particularly in comparison to the more drastically altered 2020 F-Type, with the biggest change on the spied development car being new LED lighting. The improvements inside will be more substantial, however, with JLRโ€™s latest cabin architecture, including its double screen centre console and digital instrument cluster, on course to give the F-Pace a much-needed boost in its fight against the Porsche Macan.

Elsewhere in the line-up, JLRโ€™s new MHEV four-cylinder powertrain could also be added, creating the most fuel-efficient petrol variant of the range โ€“ and extending the F-Paceโ€™s reach at a time when Porsche is looking to make the aforementioned Macan all-electric. No doubt JLR will be keen to broaden the F-Paceโ€™s appeal, what with the model having remained a strong foothold as sales faltered through 2018 and the early parts of 2019. And with more F-Pace MHEVs on the way and the I-Pace now in full swing, it means Jaguar could have already covered off Porscheโ€™s all-electric SUV plans.



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  • NJJ 12 Sep 2019

    I wonder when such tech will come to the seemingly forgotten XF? The clips from the James Bond car chase yesterday seemed to have 2 x XFs as baddie cars, wonder if these are standard or a forthcoming hot model?

  • Frimley111R 12 Sep 2019

    NJJ said:
    I wonder when such tech will come to the seemingly forgotten XF? The clips from the James Bond car chase yesterday seemed to have 2 x XFs as baddie cars, wonder if these are standard or a forthcoming hot model?
    XF now available in 'Baddie' spec hehe

  • GTEYE 12 Sep 2019

    Frimley111R said:
    NJJ said:
    I wonder when such tech will come to the seemingly forgotten XF? The clips from the James Bond car chase yesterday seemed to have 2 x XFs as baddie cars, wonder if these are standard or a forthcoming hot model?
    XF now available in 'Baddie' spec hehe
    .

    And too slow to catch Bond in his 50 year old Aston

  • D-Angle 13 Sep 2019

    Frimley111R said:
    NJJ said:
    I wonder when such tech will come to the seemingly forgotten XF? The clips from the James Bond car chase yesterday seemed to have 2 x XFs as baddie cars, wonder if these are standard or a forthcoming hot model?
    XF now available in 'Baddie' spec hehe
    Sounds like a Tesla trim level.

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