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Upgraded 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SUV Starts At $45,595

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There are no big differences between the current Jaguar F-Pace SUV and the upgraded 2019 version even if Jaguar said the new one received several “enhancements” for the exterior. What changed though is the car’s starting price, which is now at $45,595.

Not much has changed, that we can tell you. But then again, the F-Pace was already one of the best-looking crossover SUVs out in the market, so it does not need a major makeover, really.

That being said, there are a lot of upgrades inside: the 10-inch touchscreen, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors are now standard. And like all 2019 models sold in the United States, a backup camera will now be standard.

Jaguar also added optional slimline seats and three new packages. Owners can avail of the Park Pack bundles that bring automatic parking assist with upgraded parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert. The Drive Pack, on the other hand, includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and upgraded automatic emergency braking.

The Driver Assist Pack have all the features of the two packages, but also includes a surround-view camera system and lane centering.

Under the hood, the gasoline engines will come with an emissions-reducing particulate filter. The most popular engine option would still be the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but you can also opt for the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine that was used in the 380-horsepower F-Pace S.

Us customers would be happy to know that the 2.0-liter turbodiesel will still be included. This engine can produce 180 horses and 318 pound-feet of torque. Want more power? You can opt for the F-Pace SVR, which is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine that makes 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.

Including destination fee, the new F-Pace SUV will be priced at $45,595 for the base F-Pace 25t that uses the 247-horsepower turbo-four engine. The diesel 25d will be available for $49,495. The 296-horsepower 30t is priced at $50,995 while the 380-horsepower S costs $62,495. The range-topping SVR will sell for $80,985.

Paul Walker Documentary To Air On August 11

Paul Walker made his name through the Fast and the Furious franchise, starring in a total of seven movies, the last one released posthumously. But aside from being an actor, he was also a well-known figure in the world of cars.

Car enthusiasts around the world knew who Walker was because he was not only passionate about making movies that centered on tough-riding sports cars. He was also in love with sports cars and died riding in the passenger seat of a Porsche Carrera GT.

That tragedy was what prompted Paramount Network to make a documentary of his life entitled “I Am Paul Walker.” The trailer for the documentary showed various interviews with Walker’s family, cast members, and friends. Of course, there will be plenty of footages of the actor—from his childhood to the many times he spent behind the wheel. It was, well, a “life well-lived.”

An interview with his sister showed that the actor had a penchant for speed even before he started making the movies. She talked about how he always liked to go fast even as a kid.

While the documentary was deeply personal for Walker’s family and friends, most of the world knows the actor as Brian O’Connor, a street-racing former-FBI-agent-turned-secret-government-agent in the long-running Fast and the Furious franchise.

The franchise was in its seventh installment in 2013 when Walker died while riding shotgun in a Porsche Carrera GT driven by his friend, Roger Rodas. The car went out of control, striking a power pole and catching fire. Both men were killed in the accident and investigators found that the car was traveling 90 mph at the time of the crash. That was double the posted speed limit in the area. There were no malfunctions in the vehicle and the car’s safety systems all worked during the crash.

Despite these findings, Walker’s father and daughter filed wrongful death lawsuits against Porsche. The case was eventually settled for an undisclosed amount.

The documentary will air on August 11. Other episodes include “I Am Heath Ledger,” “I Am Dale Earnhardt,” and “I Am Steve McQueen.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Leads Crashing of Smuggled Luxury Cars

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is leading a hard stance on smuggling, oversaw the destruction of smuggled luxury cars last Monday at Port Irene on the town of Sta. Ana in Cagayan Province, Philippines. This is the second time that the Filipino leader led the crashing of luxury cars—the first one happened in March this year.

A total of 68 contraband luxury cars were bulldozered on Monday. The total amount was $5.5 million for the cars. Another set of eight luxury motorbikes valued at $370,000 were also destroyed in front of the President.

The destruction of the cars was part of the Philippine government’s anti-corruption and anti-smuggling programs. Efforts to curb the corruption in the government have been rampant since Duterte took the seat at Malacanang.

Among the luxury cars crashed during Monday’s program were the Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche Carrera, and Mercedes-Benz SLK 280. Among the newest condemned vehicles were car models from 2006. These makes are the same ones destroyed during a similar operation in March.

Though many believe that the Philippine government should have just sold the luxury cars for profit, it has been Duterte’s policy to destroy smuggled cars because circulating it again in public will still rake in profit for the smugglers. He stated that this operation will discourage smugglers.

On social media, netizens raved about Duterte’s actions against the smuggled cars. While there were past reports about these luxury cars being laundered off to line the pockets of government officials, the President took a time off from his busy schedule to make sure that the cars were destroyed and nobody would profit from them.

In a press release, he said that “You have to show to the world that you have a viable place of investment and business.”

“And the only way to show it is that you are productive and that you have the economy to absorb the productivity of the population,” he added.

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