Jaguar F-Pace PHEV Pips the Power Stakes

Jaguar’s face-lifted F-Pace sports crossover now boasts plug-in and mild-hybrid powertrain options as the automaker accelerates its place in the electrification race.

As with other PHEV powertrains in the Jaguar Land Rover stable, the F-Pace’s four cylinder 2.0-liter turbo-charged P400e also boasts the latest line-up’s highest power output, albeit only just at 400bhp and 472ft-lbs of torque from its gasoline engine and 105kW electric motor powered by a 17.1kWh lithium-ion battery.

When married to its eight-speed automatic transmission and with all-wheel drive, the unit claims CO2 emissions from 49g/km and fuel economy of up to 130.2mpg (108.4mpg US) as well as the of 0-60mph sprint time in 5.0 seconds. When fully charged, the P400e claims up to 33 miles of all-electric driving. Fast charging (32kW DC) is capable of delivering up to 80% charge in 30 minutes while a domestic 7kW wall box can provide a charge of 80% in one hour 40 minutes.

Mild-hybrid options employ new in-line six cylinder gasoline and diesel engines in the range-topping models. JLR’s MHEV technology uses a belt integrated starter generator to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking. This energy is then stored in a separate 48V lithium-ion battery before being intelligently redeployed to assist the engine when accelerating away, as well as delivering a more refined stop/start system.

The in-line six-cylinder 296bhp diesel claims a fuel economy of up to 38.1mpg (31.7mpg US) and CO2 emissions from as low as 194g/km while claimed performance is the 0-60mph sprint covered in 6.1 seconds. Its gasoline sibling closely rivals the, PHEV claiming 396bhp from its 3.0-liter turbo-charged in-line six-cylinder engine which also produces 405ft-lbs of torque. Boasting an electric supercharger supported by a twin scroll turbocharger and continuous variable valve lift, the unit claims the 0-60mph sprint in 5.1 seconds. Milder powered four-cylinder options with mild-hybrid plus an un-electrified gasoline motor are also offered as customer choices.

Colin Kirkpatrick, chief product engineer at Jaguar, said: “The new Jaguar F-Pace delivers a powertrain to suit all customers. Our next generation PHEV system delivers great fuel efficiency and low running costs, while the all-electric range of up to 33 miles is enough to cover the daily commute for most customers. The extensive powertrain choice includes our latest Ingenium gasoline and diesel engines which feature advanced technologies and provide the perfect blend of performance, refinement and efficiency.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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