Very much still in its first generation, Jaguar has given the four year old F-Pace its first extensive mid-life refresh since introduction.

Outwardly, the easy-to-spot changes consists of slim new LED or optional Pixel LED headlights with integrated 'double J' daytime running diodes, a redesigned diamond detailed grille and front wing vents, a new bonnet and front bumper with enlarged air intakes on the flanks, new LED taillights with so-called chicane graphics plus animated indicators, a redesigned bumper and tailgate as well as two appearance packages, the R-Dynamic and the Black Exterior.

Jaguar F-Pace grows-up with more tech and bite

A total of twelve alloy wheel designs are available including four new options; a five-spoke 19-inch rim finished in gloss black with a diamond turned finish, a gloss black ten-spoke 20-inch wheel and two 21-inch options; a five or ten-spoke, both in satin grey with a diamond turned finish.

Inside resides the biggest change with the dashboard and centre console being completely new and the rotary gear lever dropped in favour of a Jaguar first stubby selector. Taking centre stage is the new 11.4-inch curved glass-faced touchscreen infotainment system which gets the same Pivi Pro software as the Land Rover Defender with over-the-air updates, as well as a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster on the range-topping SE and HSE models with a colour Heads-Up Display being optional.

Jaguar F-Pace grows-up with more tech and bite

Jaguar F-Pace with the optional Black Exterior Pack

As well as the new climate control panel, now equipped with knobs plus a new filtration system with a 'Purify' setting, a wireless smartphone charger has been added, together with new door casings, wider front seat cushions with improved heating, cooling and optional massaging functions, the same steering wheel as the I-Pace, optional slimline performance sport seats, upgraded materials and veneers, relocated electric window switches, a selection of new fabric and upholstery colours, standard keyless entry on all models, as well as ten ambient lighting colours and an optional 12 or 16-speaker Meridian sound system.

In addition to Active Road Noise Cancellation tech to prevent excessive engine noise filtering into the cabin, Jaguar has revised the F-Pace underneath with the inclusion of Adaptive Surface Dynamics that adjusts the suspension and dampers depending on the road surface.

Jaguar F-Pace grows-up with more tech and bite

On the safety and driver assistance front, adaptive cruise control is standard on the HSE with options consisting of a revised Park Assist system, the ClearSight ground monitor front view system, Clear Exit Monitor, a 3D surround-view camera system and a new Driver Condition Monitor.

It is also new or updated underneath the bonnet where the F-Pace not only comes with petrol and diesel engines, but also a new plug-in hybrid powerunit as well as electrical assistance in form of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. All are however matched to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with drive going to all four corners.

Jaguar F-Pace grows-up with more tech and bite

A brace of four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ingenium engines starts the range off with the unit in the P250 producing 184kW/365Nm and the mild-hybrid oil-burner in the D165 120kW/380Nm. In the more powerful D200, output is rated at 147kW/430Nm. Serving as the flagship four-pot model, the plug-in hybrid P400e combines the Ingenium with a 105 kW electric motor powered by a 17.1 kWh lithium-ion battery for a total output of 297kW/640Nm and an all-electric range of 53 km.

On the six-cylinder front, both the P400 and D300 are powered by the new 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium with mild-hybrid assistance, which in the former's case means 294kW/550Nm and 221kW/650Nm in the latter. Although Jaguar made no mentioning of a V8, the supercharged SVR is set to continue as the range's flagship when it debuts next year.

Jaguar F-Pace grows-up with more tech and bite

In the UK, four trim levels are offered; base, S, SE and HSE with the R Dynamic starring on all but the entry-level derivative. Pricing kicks-off at £40 860 (R873 987) for the base D165 and ends at £64 990 (R1 390 123) for the P400 HSE R-Dynamic. Sales in South Africa are set to commence either towards the end of this year or in 2021.

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