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Jaguar I-Pace Production Hits a Roadblock

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The production of the Jaguar I-Pace electric sport utility vehicle will be temporarily halted. Jaguar Land Rover paused the assembly of the electric vehicle for a week because of supply issues with LG Chem.

According to The Times, the temporary halt in the I-Pace assembly line was caused by the LG Chem battery factory in Poland. Jaguar didn’t elaborate more on the matter.

Magna Steyr, the contract manufacturer of Jaguar for I-Pace, will stop its operations in the meanwhile as the issue is being resolved. The pause in production in the company’s Graz, Austria plant will take effect this coming February 17.

It would be the fourth time for LG Chem to be involved in the delay of an EV production. Companies like Hyundai, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz earlier hit a snag in their electric cars due to LG Chem’s failure to meet up with its commitments in supplying batteries to the said automakers. It should be noted that Mercedes’ parent, Daimler, retracted on this claim though.

On the other hand, Sam Jaffe, the managing director of Cairn Energy Research Advisors, doubts that the issue is mainly battery shortage. In his email to The Verge, he claimed that Jaguar may only be avoiding an all-too-successful EV launch. Such a scenario would potentially cannibalize the brand’s pre-existing model sales and anger its dealers. On the other end of the spectrum, it may only be the cause of a bad strategy. He finds it strange too that Jaguar, as well as Audi and Daimler, failed to sign binding contracts with battery suppliers in advance just like what Volkswagen did when it inked deals with three different suppliers to ensure that its EV’s battery demands will be met.

Jaffe also pointed out that Jaguar only sold 18,000 units of the I-Pace in 2019 during its initial run. Therefore, it is hard to imagine that the brand is experiencing problems in getting enough batteries for it.

Facelifted 2021 Jaguar F-Type Revealed in London

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The Jaguar F-Type has been in production in 2013. Since then, the car has remained unchanged, but as this year comes to an end, its manufacturer finally decides to introduce its facelifted version.

The F-Type saw a 10.3 percent drop to 2,434 units sold based on a year-on-year sales comparison. The decline was attributed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders to weak business and consumer confidence as well as economic uncertainty. The shifting preference of buyers in favor of hybrid and electric cars were to blame too. The introduction of the facelifted F-Type is expected to boost the sales of Jaguar as the car gets a revitalized look and more powertrain options.

Exterior

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Outside, the changes appear to be subtle. Jaguar enhanced the face of the F-Type with its lower nose and updated headlamps. The hood was resculpted too, so it now has smoother lines and contours. There are minor upgrades in the styling of the taillights, tailpipes and the diffuser of the auto as well, depending on its trim.

Interior

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The interior tries to keep up with the changing times by ditching the analog controls in favor of a digital instrument cluster. Then it adopts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smoother smartphone integration.

Engine

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Underneath its hood, the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engines of the current F-Type have been carried over in the 2021 models. On the other hand, the 5.0-liter supercharged power unit that used to be in the F-Type SVR is now available for the F-Type R trim.

The range-topping trim of the F-Type produces 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. All that power is distributed via Jag’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission to an all-wheel-drive system. The configuration takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds while its top speed can go up to 300 km/h.

The performance of the F-Type is complemented by its new adaptive dampers, springs, ball joints, rear knuckle, and anti-roll bars.

New to the range is a V8 in a different state of tune giving off 444 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. It is offered in either a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive setup. This entry-level V8 is capable of pushing the car from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. For now, the trim that carries this is only sold in Europe.

Jaguar has set the pricing of 2021 F-Type starting at £54,060 in the UK (approximately $71,000 in the US).

Goodbye Jaguar XJ, Welcome All-New Electric Flagship Car

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Luxury carmaker Jaguar confirmed that the production of the Jaguar XJ will come to an end in July. The last car will roll off the production line on July 5 this year. This prepares the lineup for the coming of a flagship electric model in 2020.

The current XJ, known as the X351 was launched over a decade ago, with some 122,330 units sold since it was built. The original XJ was first launched in 1968 with Jaguar even unveiling an anniversary special edition called the XJ 50 model in 2018 to commemorate the feat.

A spokesman for Jaguar confirmed that the XJ’s end of production has been planned, but that the company plans to use the XJ nameplate again in the future to highlight the brand’s “renowned engineering capability and technological innovation.”

Sources said the relaunch might be earlier than expected. The end of the production of petrol-dependent XJs opens the doors for a new XJ with an all-electronic powertrain.

This should not come as a surprise for those who’ve been following Jaguar’s plans. The company facelifted the XJ in 2015 but last year, the range cut off the high-performance XJR—which has Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine—and all other petrol engines. It left only the 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine that makes 296 horsepower.

The X351 is the eight-generation XJ. It was the first to feature Jaguar’s modern design language since the previous seven generations shared the same iconic look.

The X351 was also the fifth most produced XJ. The X340 was the one built in highest numbers with some 208,733 produced between the year 1986 and 1994. The XJ Series III made 177,243 units from 1979 to 1992.

The XJ Series II, on the other hand, produced 127,078 examples between 1973 and 1979. It comes in both salon and coupe forms.

Which Looks Better: 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs 2019 Jaguar XE

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Jaguar is aiming to reintroduce the XE with a facelifted version but until that has arrived, we’ll compare the current XE we have in the market; one that has been around since 2014 (though it only went on sale in 2016). The XE, however, wants a cut of the market of both the C-Class and the 3 Series, both of which are also targets of the Mercedes-Benz CLA.

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Design-wise, the Jaguar looks far more impressive than the Mercedes, even if the design was engineered four years back. It looks better up front, thanks to Ian Callum, who followed the direction of the contemporary Jaguars as seen on the original XF and refined throughout the years. The elongated narrow headlights have twin headlamps above the L-shaped running light. It also has Jaguar’s large-size grille with curved corners and the logo in the middle.

The pop-up hood houses the four creases that highlight the frown-angled headlights, making the fascia look even more aggressive than it already is. The CLA, on the other hand, borrows from the design elements of the third-generation CLS, the first one to use an aggressive razor-shard design with triangular headlights that frame the standard grille. The CLA is unique in a sense that it comes with light units that are less pointy compared to the CLS and the A-Class.

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When you move inside the CLA, you’ll feel like you’re in the cabin of an A-Class, which is good since it boasts of the retro-inspired A/C vents, the 10.25-inch infotainment screen, the gauge cluster with the 10.25-inch screen (on the more expensive trim levels), the MBUX, and many safety technologies that come as options.

On the other hand, the Jaguar’s interior is almost outdated with an infotainment screen on the center console and a small digital screen between the odometer and the tachometer. And while the steering wheel is still rock solid, there are dials and needles that make the cabin look antiquated.

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.

Jaguar Land Rover Is Developing An All-Terrain Self-Driving Tech

Jaguar Land Rover is now developing a self-driving technology that can handle any type of terrain and weather conditions. The system will be able to identify various surface conditions and adjust the vehicle’s settings without any intervention from the driver.

The company, which is known for its off-road SUVs, first announced this system two years ago. But last week, Jaguar Land Rover revealed that it partnered with various groups, including the University of Birmingham to form the group known as CORTEX.

For the system to work, various cameras, ultrasonic, radar and LiDAR units will be used. These sensors would tell the car about the conditions of the road it is driving on. They will scan the surroundings constantly, up to 16 feet ahead at the most. But the sensors won’t only detect road situations. It would also be able to determine weather conditions—dirt, rain, ice, snow, and fog.

The data will then be analyzed and artificial intelligence will predict the potential impacts and effects of the surrounding conditions on the vehicle. Thus, the vehicle will automatically adjust its speed, steering, and even suspension.

The sensors would also be able to measure the space above and on the sides of the vehicle, a feature that would be helpful in warning the vehicle if there is insufficient clearance to maneuver. This is the same technology used in parking assistance systems.

Another type of technology that Jaguar Land Rover is developing is a kind of “platoon” system, wherein a fleet or convoy of vehicles would be able to communicate in such a way that the first vehicle on the line would send a message if it encounters a ditch or a slippery boulder.

The company has yet to announce when this technology will become available. What Jaguar Land Rover is making clear is the fact that it does not intend to take away the fun in off-road driving. The driver can take control of the vehicle anytime he/she wants. This technology is merely an aid that could guide the driver on the conditions ahead.

 

6 Important Things To Know About The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Jaguar’s first SUV is getting a special treatment from JLR’s performance and customization division, the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO). The Jaguar F-Pace SVR debuted at the New York International Auto Show last week and showed tremendous potential as a sports car performance in a practical SUV design.

1. Exterior

The F-Pace grabbed both the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards in 2017, which proved that Ian Callum is the “king” in SUV design. Callum is the same person behind the designs of the Aston Martin Vanquish, Jaguar C-X75, and the Jaguar F-Type.

The SVR model adds aggression and power to its looks, thanks to an aero package, a unique bumper, a new hood, larger fender vents, and a unique set of lightweight forged alloy wheels measuring 21 inches.

2. Interior

The F-Pace SVR has a sleek but simple interior. It starts with a quilted upholstery with the embossed SVR logo on the heavily bolstered sport seats. Top-shelf materials are used in every inch of the cabin, including the new pistol-style shifter knob, an SVR-specific steering wheel with soft-touch upholstery wrappings and aluminum paddle shifters.

3. Drivetrain

The F-Pace SVR received a huge power boost because of its supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that can now produce 550 ponies and 502 pound-feet of torque. It has an active and lightweight exhaust system that helps power the car to 176 mph top speed. It can go 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The F-Pace SVR is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

4. Chassis And Handling

The F-Pace SVR used the same iQ-Al modular platform as the regular F-Pace. This is the same one used on the Jaguar XE, the second-generation Jaguar XF, and the next-generation Jaguar XJ, not to mention the Range Robert Velar SUV. Thanks to this platform, the F-Pace SVR has a lightweight aluminum body that makes it easier for driver to handle it.

5. Prices

The SVR variant will start at $79,990 and orders will start this summer.

6. Competition

The main competitor of the F-Pace SVR is the Porsche Macan Turbo, which is rocking a twin-turbo V-6 that produces a whopping 400 horsepower after it has been paired with a 7-speed transmission and high-performance AWD system. The price for the Porsche starts at $77,200.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace Giving Tesla A Run For Its Money

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Oh, there’s nothing much here except Jaguar revealed that its all-electric I-Pace is due to be released and distributed next year. That only means one thing: Tesla’s monopoly of the EV market is done and over. For years, whenever some rich dude wanted a cool, sexy, functional, and reliable electric vehicle, all he has to choose from are Tesla products. That’s about to change now.

If there’s anything we learned from Tesla regarding EVs it’s that an electric car must have a long driving range and the recharging of battery must be convenient. Now that luxury automakers like Jaguar dipped their well-engineered minds into the market, Tesla will have serious competitions in this market. The new 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is the first luxury EV to roll into distributorship.

Two e-Machines

According to reports, the I-Pace is going to be powered by two electric motors, or e-machines in Jaguar jargon. The first one is responsible for driving the front wheels and the second one will be driving the rear wheels through concentric drive transmissions. The I-Pace is a pure electric five-passenger luxury crossover SUV with a standard all-wheel drive.

Everything is developed in-house at Jaguar, including the permanent magnet motors, the battery concept and design, and the software that controls the powertrain and manages the battery. There’s no confirmation from the luxury automaker about the outputs for the I-Pace, but Patel confirmed that it will have an output of 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It will also have a range of 300 miles before a recharge is needed.

There are no details yet about the pricing, but Jaguar said that it will release the list on March 6, 2018, which isn’t really too far from where we are now. Once it goes on sale, the I-Pace will be offered in three trim levels: S, SE, and HSE. There’s, of course, a limited production First Edition version that will be priced higher than the actual production model.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Comes At A Lower Price Tag

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Those who want to own a Jaguar but cannot afford its skyrocketing price tags will have the chance through the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which will be valued at a reasonable price of just $48,770. That’s pretty low for a car bearing the Jaguar name.

If you want the wagon counterpart, you’ll have to shell out a lot more. The wagon version will cost a whopping $71,445 since it will only come in two high-equipment trim levels. No base model for this variant, unfortunately.

In the “near future,” Jaguar Land Rover North American CEO Joe Eberhardt said that Jaguar enthusiasts can have the XF Sportback on a more reasonable price range. There are plans to produce more variants of the mid-size luxury wagon.

There are no exact details yet about the XF Sportbrake, but all we know is that the wagon will have the most powerful and expensive powertrain in the XF lineup—that’s a supercharged V-6 engine paired with an all-wheel-drive system and can power up the vehicle up to 380 horsepower.

To bring the cost down on the XF Sportbrake, Jaguar would have to use its new Ingenium turbocharged four-cylinder engine. For the sedan, the gas-powered four-cylinder will be available in two power capabilities—one producing 247 horsepower and the other churning up 296 horses.

You may also opt for a diesel engine that produces 180 horsepower on a turbocharged four-cylinder as well.

But if you’ve got the money to spare, you can wait for Jaguar’s flagship XJ and compact XE sedans. These are going to be a handful in the price department, though, since the tags are well north of $100,000 each.

The XJR575, which can produce 575 horses, will go on sale later this year for $123,395. Aside from that, the full-size luxury sedan will also have an additional 105 horsepower over the next XJ model—the XJ Supercharged. The difference will allow the XJR575 to reach 186 mph. the XJ Supercharged an only do a measly 155 mph.

 

 

5 Things To Note About The 2018 Jaguar XJR575

The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968 and has been the luxury automaker’s prized flagship for 47 years. The current generation has been around since 2009 and got an upgrade for 2017. But for next year, the XJ will get a brand new trim level, bringing 567 horsepower to Jaguar’s most powerful road-going production so far.

1. Exterior

Aside from the black trim paint on the grille, air dam, and corner vent mesh, there’s not much update here that will separate the Jaguar XJR575 from the current generation. There’s a special XJR575 badge on the radiator grille and though it’s only a minimal update, it looks smashing just the same.

On the side, there’s a healthy dose of contrasting black on the mirrors and window trim. The wheels are 20-inch Farallon in gloss black but the real story falls behind the wheels—the brake calipers are finished in contrasting red.

There are two colors to choose from: Satin Corris Grey and Velocity Blue.

2. Interior

It’s hard for Jaguar to boost its interior styling from the already perfect XJ. There are new features here, don’t fret, such as the 10-inch touchscreen with updated software and the gloss black trim on the door handles, window switch bezels, center console trim, and HVAC vents.

On the dashboard, you’ll see the “575” badge to remind you the kind of machine you’re sitting on. Other features include the diamond-quilted seats and a 4G internet connection with hotspot capability.

3. Drivetrain

Compared to the previous XJR, the XJR575 gets 17 more horses, bringing the total to 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. These figures are thanks in large to the 5.0-liter V-8 engine that can bring you from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The top speed is 185 mph in just 44 seconds. Imagine that!

4. Pricing

Right now, we’re still not sure if the XJR575 will be available in the US. In the UK, it sells for $122,120.

5. Competition

The XJR575’s direct competitor is the BMW 7 Series’ range toppers, particularly the 750i or the M760i. The 750i comes with either a rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive while the M760i has all-wheel drive as standard equipment.

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