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PostHeaderIcon Visual Comparison: Volvo XC40 VS Jaguar E-Pace

Volvo has recently introduced their compact, premium SUV, the XC40, in Milan, Italy. It happens to be the third vehicle to join Volvo’s SUV lineup and has a lot of work to do in a crowded segment. The Compact SUV also happens to be Volvo’s first vehicle to be underpinned by their new modular vehicle architecture (CMA) platform. This platform will also support Volvo’s fully electric vehicles of the future as the brand continues to evolve. All told, the XC40 sits below the XC60 in the lineup and competes with some other recently unveiled smaller premium SUVs like the Jaguar E-Pace.

The E-Pace borrows some of its design formulas from the flagship F-Pace Crossover, much like the XC40 borrows some DNA from its larger brethren. Surprisingly, both of these SUV’s seem to have inherited all their technologies from the bigger SUV of their lineup. Both the Volvo XC40 and the Jaguar E-Pace will be available with a thirst for diesel or petrol at the time of launch (and, depending on the market) and can be optioned with four-wheel drive as well.

Don’t be disappointed if you cannot afford the Big Daddy

The XC40 looks sophisticated compared to the E-Pace


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The XC40 may not be as muscular as its rival but it makes up for that elsewhere…


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The E-Pace gets muscular styling yet manages to look sporty at the same time all thanks to its unique design


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Both Offer Exquisite Luxury and Comfort

Premium accessories and high-end technology are the name of the game inside both models — a tough decision, indeed


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With a luxurious rear, even the kids will be happy regardless of your decision


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In the end, both models are a good choice, so which one calls your name? Let us know in the comments section below

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Land Rover’s New Nomenclature Is Actually Easy To Understand

Changing model names in the auto industry on the fly is actually a pretty difficult thing. An automaker who decides to adopt a change risks confusing its existing clientele, not to mention future buyers who may end up being turned off by the sheer confusion brought about by the new names. Take Audi, for example. The German automaker announced a new naming structure for all of its models, and all-around confusion has been the overwhelming response to it. As it turns out, Jaguar Land Rover is also planning to adopt a new nomenclature for its models and, wouldn’t you know it, the proposed changes are actually easy to understand.

Word of JLR’s plans come from a reader from Auto Express who spotted a Jaguar F-Type prototype that was wearing a badge reading “P380 AWD.” As it turns out, there’s more to the badge than meets the eye as the alphanumeric combination actually points to a new naming structure that both Jaguar and Land Rover are planning for their respective models. According to Auto Express, it is believed that in the case of the “P380 AWD,” the “P” stands for petrol while the “380” refers to the amount of horsepower the model has. The AWD reference is self-explanatory. In the case of the Range Rover Velar, it is believed that it will adopt the “D180” name, meaning that it’s running on a diesel engine and has 180 horsepower on tap. Likewise, the range-topping unit will also feature a “P380” nomenclature based on the model having the same engine and output as the F-Type. Even Jaguar’s upcoming electric vehicles will adopt the same naming strategy, including the Jaguar I-Pace, which is reportedly getting badged as the “E400.” And as far as Land Rover’s various hybrid models are concerned, the thought process would be for them to get “H” badges.

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This new naming structure is a lot easier to understand than Audis


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“The “D180” name means that it’s running on a diesel engine and has 180 horsepower on tap”

Oh, Audi. Why couldn’t you have come up with an easier naming structure? I understand the rationale behind it, but the final offering made telling the difference between models all the more confusing. Apparently, Audi’s goal in this name overhaul is to do away with using engine size as part of the name and instead using the car’s power output in kilowatts to differentiate itself from other variants of the same model. More to that, the new naming strategy involves designating a “number” to classify power ranges in kilowatts.

For example, cars that will wear the “30” name produce between 81 kW to 96 kW (108 horsepower to 128 horsepower). These numbers are then staged in increments of five so the next number is 35, which will be used on models with outputs between 110 kW and 120 kW (145 horsepower and 159 horsepower). The numbering system goes on until it reaches “70” for models with more than 400 kW (529 horsepower) on tap.

The end result is new model names like the Audi A3 30 TDI, the Audi A8 50 TDI, and well, you get the picture. Or do you? If you need a simple cheat sheet to understand how the classifications are broken down, check the table out below.


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Badge identifier Power reference in kilowatts
25 80kW and under (106bhp)
30 81kW to 91kW (107bhp to 127bhp)
35 110kW to 120kW, (145bhp to 159bhp)
40 125kW to 150kW, (165bhp to 198bhp)
45 169kW to 185kW (223bhp to 244bhp)
50 210kW to 230kW (278bhp to 304bhp)
55 245kW to 275kW (324bhp to 363bhp)
60 320kW to 340kW (423bhp to 449bhp)
70 400kW and over (529bhp)

If you’re still confused, I don’t blame you. Unlike JLR’s straightforward approach, Audi’s new naming strategy is going take a lot of getting used to. And even with the passing of time, there are no guarantees that all of us can fully understand it.

“Jaguar Land Rover found a way to make all of that work while still keeping it in a plane that’s easy to understand”

All this though isn’t to say that Audi completely messed up with this endeavor. IN fairness, the move was done with the best of intentions as Audi was, among other reasons, trying to find a unified way to rank powertrains instead of displacements, which is not only inaccurate in telling the difference between gas and diesel engines, but is also downright irrelevant when it comes to electric and hybrid powertrains. That said, Jaguar Land Rover found a way to make all of that work while still keeping it in a plane that’s easy to understand. I don’t know if Audi is going to revisit this anytime soon, but if I were the German automaker, I would be looking for a way to make the new naming structure easier to comprehend.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Land Rover Contemplates a Big Move That Could Shake the Very Core of the Auto Industry

Jaguar Land Rover is in the market for a new auto brand, and it’s not just gunning for any manufacturer. Nope. JLR is shooting for the big boys as it’s being reported that the company is looking to acquire a marque brand in an effort to diversify its lineup. The report comes from Bloomberg, which cited sources saying that on top of being on the lookout for an international auto brand, the company is also weighing options on potential purchases of technology firms that can complement the company’s efforts in being a leader in electric technology and autonomous driving systems.

JLR’s push for expansion reportedly has the green light of parent company Tata Motors, which is sitting on a staggering amount of cash amounting to around $6.1 billion. The immediate plan is to use that money to add new products to the fold, whether it’s an established automaker, new technologies, or increased manufacturing capacity. As for the end goal, Tata believes that it needs to build off of the success of Jaguar and Land Rover – the two companies account for 78 percent of Tata Motors’ revenue – by growing its portfolio in the auto scene. It’s still unclear which auto brands JLR is looking into purchasing, but the important thing is that it has the blessing from Tata to start doing some shopping. And, if it just so happens that JLR is going to need extra finances to close a potential acquisition, the mothership is more than willing to provide the financial support to make it happen. Don’t look now, but JLR could be on the verge of shaking up the auto industry.

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What are JLR’s options?


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It must be a good feeling for an automaker like Jaguar Land Rover to have the blessing of Tata Motors to acquire assets. It’s hard to believe that as recently as nine years ago, neither Jaguar nor Land Rover were in this position. Back then, Jaguar was struggling, and Land Rover was doing its thing, but not on the level that it is now. The fate of both brands changed when they were purchased by Tata for $2.4 billion in 2008 and look at where they are now. Both brands are thriving, to say the least.

“The fate of both brands changed when they were purchased by Tata for $2.4 billion in 2008 and look at where they are now”

Now as far as adding another automaker to the fold is concerned, there are a few candidates that JLR can look into, including two Italian marquees whose own parent company is reportedly looking to spin off: Alfa Romeo and Maserati.

Granted, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn’t come out and announced any plans to sell Alfa Romeo and/or Maserati. There have been rumors though that FCA is actually considering it as part of its plans to streamline its own business and focus more on becoming more of a mass-market brand. Neither Alfa nor Maserati are considered mass-market by any means, so if FCA’s strategy is to focus more on selling volume cars, the two Italian brands will become dispensable. Previous reports indicate that if FCA does decide to go this route, it could sell both brands for somewhere around $8 billion, a figure that would be a little more than JLR’s spending money. Then again, Tata is reportedly willing to top up JLR’s funds if it means being able to close a deal so if nothing else, there’s a possibility that we could end up hearing about discussions between JLR and FCA.

“Acquiring brands like Alfa Romeo and Maserati may be the groundbreaking development here, but don’t sleep on JLR pivoting its focus on purchasing new technologies instead”

Acquiring brands like Alfa Romeo and Maserati may be the groundbreaking development here, but don’t sleep on JLR pivoting its focus on purchasing new technologies instead. It’s already invested $25 million in ride-sharing service Lyft as part of a funding round that closed earlier this year. It’s not guaranteed either, but it’s also possible that we’ll see this relationship expand into something more than one party investing on the other.

Whatever happens in the interim, this is one news story that we should be all paying close attention to. JLR’s making serious moves to be a bigger player in the auto industry and if it achieves its reported goal of bulking up its portfolio, at least one prominent automaker could be changing ownership sooner rather than later.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar XJ Game of Drones Puts Practicality in Perspective

Jaguar is kind of known for unnecessarily elaborate publicity stunts, whether it’s spending millions on A-list celebrities for a 30-second spot, or staging a drone race just to let you know the long-wheelbase XJ has ample room in the back. That is basically the premise of Jaguar XJ Game of Drones.

You get the feeling they had to green light this stunt simply because they came up with the title ‘Jaguar XJ Game of Drones’ and that sounded too cool not to be used. They must have thought it’ll become a memorable thing, what with the popularity of Game of Thrones. The thing itself, however, does not make much sense. Here’s what it’s all about: high-speed drones piloted by professional racers flew through three cars during the race at Alexandra Palace, on a course marked out with 13 gates the same shape as an XJL rear door and illuminated in phosphor Blue and Red to highlight two of the XJ’s stunning interior lighting options.

The point here is that were it not for the extra five inches of space Jaguar XJ LWB provides, the drones could have traveled so easily at 60 mph through the cabin. From that you have to surmise the car is easy to get in and out of, and that it has big space in the back.

“Quality and comfort are always at the forefront of our minds and this is especially true for the Jaguar XJL. The long wheelbase gave us the space to create a passenger experience that is second to none. We might not have designed it with drone racing in mind, but it’s a fun way to demonstrate the spacious environment we’ve created.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar






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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

Jaguar’s “Pace” lineup has grown quite quickly, with the F-Pace winning the hearts of many, and the E-Pace – the baby of the lineup – coming to life for the 2018 model year. Both of these models, however, make use of gasoline or diesel engines for motivation. Recently, however, Jaguar debuted the I-Pace Concept, a vehicle that, once put into production, will sit at the top of the lineup with its sedan-like proportions and two electric motors – the same ones that delivered 394 horsepower and 516 pound-feet in the concept. It seems that we’re actually getting a look at a high-performance version of the I-Pace long before we actually see the production car, all thanks to Formula E and a race series that will feature as many as 20 examples of the I-Pace eTrophy. Details about Jag’s newest race car are still predominantly under wraps until at least 2018, but we do know that it will be built by Jaguar SVO in the U.K.

With that said, the initial debuting of this new race car stands as an increased effort being put forth by Land Rover and Jaguar to electrify its entire lineup of new cars starting in 2020. And, with the Brits planning to ban ICE cars by 2040 altogether, the I-Pace and I-Pace eTrophy set Jaguar up nicely to be prepared for that inevitable moment 23 years from now. The I-Pace eTrophy also comes along as the basis for the world’s first production battery electric vehicle racing series – the first step in what will eventually redefine racing as we know it. But, we’re getting a little too far ahead of ourselves, so let’s take the time to take a look at the new I-Pace eTrophy race car and talk about what we can expect from Jaguars latest pet project.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Gets Its Own Racing Series

Here’s how you know Jaguar is seriously committed to the electrification of their range. They have gone ahead and created world’s first production battery electric vehicle race series long before they actually launch their first electric vehicle. The series is designed for Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, unveiled at the IAA to much fanfare. 

Based on the I-Pace electric crossover coupe which will be released next year as a production model, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race car is built for a one-make zero-emission racing series with up to 20 cars on the grid. The races will be the support series for the FIA Formula E championship, taking place on the same weekends at the same city circuits such as Hong Kong, Paris, Sao Paolo and New York, starting in late 2018.

It is not really optional for Jaguar Land Rover to boost their effort with electrification, though. From 2020 all their new model lines will be electrified, with either hybrid or battery technology in preparation for the British government’s ban of all petrol and diesel cars from 2040. Stuff like Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy and its racing series, then, are not for fun. They will do for electric cars what the traditional motorsport did for internal combustion cars. They will be a testbed for new technologies and solutions.



Gerd Mäuser, Chairman, Jaguar Racing, said: “Jaguar returned to racing in 2016 with the mission ‘Race to Innovate’. With the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY we have strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, international motorsport and Formula E. As a British team, we are proud to announce today the launch of the world’s first production battery electric vehicle championship. We’ve always said we want to prove our electrification technologies on the track – this is the proof. I am looking forward to seeing a full grid of Jaguar I-PACE racecars in late 2018, soon after the first Jaguar I-PACE hits the road in Europe. Ultimately this innovative series will enhance the technology in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers.”

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar E-Type Zero

Back in March of 1961, Jaguar unveiled the E-Type, and it wasn’t long before the world fell in love with its long hoodline, curvaceous hips, and sonorous 3.8-liter six-cylinder soundtrack. Enzo Ferrari, a man with no shortage of good looking metal at his disposal, remarked that it was the “most beautiful car ever made,” and in the more than half century that followed its release, the E-Type has remained a mainstay of automotive splendor for enthusiasts across the globe. These days, the E-Type has served as the basis for a variety of special editions and reimaginings, but now, JLR is taking its iconic two-door into uncharted water. Say hello to the E-Type Zero, an all-electric iteration that promises the same distinctive driving experience as the original, but with no gasoline involved.

Scheduled for presentation at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest on September 8th, the E-Type Zero was restored and converted by Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, which, JLR points out, isn’t far from “where the [original] E-Type was born.” Based on a 1.5 Series Roadster from 1968, the Zero is an almost completely all-original spec, except for the powertrain, obviously. “Our aim with E-Type Zero is to future-proof classic car ownership,” says Tim Hanning, Director at Jaguar Land Rover Classic. “We’re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market.” That’s right, folks – a production iteration could be in the works. Read on for the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Future-Type Concept

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s no shortage of predictions when it comes time to guess what’ll happen when autonomous driving technology really takes off. One of the more popular projections is a dramatic change to the current car ownership model, with shared, on-demand vehicles taking a bite out of the high costs of car ownership that we know today. In a lot of ways, it makes sense, and now, Jaguar is jumping on the bandwagon with the new Future-Type Concept. Framed as an all-inclusive solution to the passenger transportation needs of the year 2040, the Future-Type mates advanced AI, fully autonomous driving capabilities, social sharing, on-demand ride summoning, and electric power, all with the traditional Jaguar elegance, refinement, and excitement. Or so it would seem.

“Future-Type offers an insight into the potential for driving and car ownership in the future. It’s part of our vision for how a luxury car brand could continue to be desirable, in a more digital and autonomous age,” according to Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar. That’s all well and good, but what exactly are the details of that vision? Read on for a little more insight.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar E-Type Zero Is the Ultimate Restomod

Jaguar Land Rover Classic, a division of the British company dealing with their vintage models, ha come with something truly electric. No it’s actually, literally electric. The Jaguar E-Type Zero is a restomoded version of the old beauty powered by an electric powertrain. 

The zero in Jaguar E-Type Zero refers to the fact that it’s a zero-emission vehicle. That is thanks to a bespoke electric powertrain developing 220kW. It enables the Zero, based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster, to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-type. Best of all, it is located in the same place as the engine, so there is no issue with weight balance. the electric motor is fitted to the rear of the battery pack.

E-Type Zero in Action:

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Jaguar E-Type Zero has a ‘real world’ range of 270km (about 170 miles), helped by the low weight and good aerodynamics. It uses a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged from home overnight and takes about seven hours. It is a little peculiar driving an E-Type without the raspy soundtrack of a not-so-reliable petrol engine, but the Zero enables you to enjoy the amazing looks of the E-Type without any of the mechanical issues that plague even the best preserved original.






The E-Type Zero is not officially available for sale, but the Classic division does accept inquiries about it, which means they are probably open to making a limited number of copies for a potentially eye-watering price. E-type Zero makes world debut during Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar XJR575

The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968 and has been Jaguar’s prized flagship for the last 47 years. Over the years, it has seen three generational shifts, if you don’t count the various series’ produced within each generation. The current and fourth generation has been around since 2009, so it’s getting a little long in the tooth. It still looks good, though, and is fairly modern, with an update taking place for 2017 that brought some new technology, a revised exterior look, and a number of new trim levels to choose from. Jaguar has chosen to forgo the generational shift just yet, but for 2018, the XJ does get a new update in the form of a brand new trim level that brings a 5.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet – enough to get the new XJR575 up to its top speed of 186 mph in just 44 seconds while the sprint to 60 mph takes just 4.4 seconds, making the XJR575 the fasted and most powerful road-going production Jaguar to date.

Along with the new trim level, the XJ line also gets some new intelligent safety features and technology that includes a 10-inch touchscreen display, new infotainment operating system, forward traffic detection, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, and drive condition monitoring. That seems like a lot of new stuff to infuse into a model that’s creeping up on 10 years old, but you’ve got to hand it to Jaguar for designing a model that’s capable of lasting this long and upgradeable enough to remain relevant in a constantly evolving market. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a good look and Jaguar’s newest, fastest, and best XJ model to date.

Update 9/6/2017: Jaguar has decided to offer the XJR575 here in the U.S. and it starts out at $122,400. But, there’s quite a few options to choose from and some decisions to make, so check out the pricing section below to learn all about those and see what a fully-speced XJR575 will cost you outside of a divorce, of course.

PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Travels The World To Show The People Of Dull And Boring The F-Type: Video

Believe it or not, but the world is a pretty interesting place. It’s so interesting that there are actual places in the world that have some unique names. Take Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland as two examples. They’re not exactly bustling cities. In fact, Dull is literally made up of a single street and has a population of no more than 100 people. Boring, on the other hand, is a megacity by comparison, though its population is less than 8,000 residents. Well, Jaguar has paired the towns together in what it calls the “Pair for the Ages.” So why exactly did Jaguar pick these map dots? Because where else would the Jaguar F-Type stand out so well?

The F-Type’s visit is all part of a promotional campaign by Jaguar to bring some life to these desolate places. The visit itself is newsworthy on its own, but Jaguar took it a step further by inviting residents of both Dull, Scotland and Boring, Oregon to give the sports car a spin. The results are what you’d expect. The four people who were given the opportunity to drive and ride the F-Type had the time of their lives. On top go that, they also caused a few scenes in the towns, thanks in large part to the rip-roaring noise of the F-Type’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The whole video is a good example of Jaguar’s growing cheekiness as a company. It’s funny and informative at the same time (I didn’t even know there was a Dull, Scotland and Boring, Oregon). Best of all, the video gave the residents of the two towns a good idea on what the F-Type is all about itself. Hopefully, next time, Jaguar can petition the League of Extraordinary Communities – an actual organization – to head to the third community of these pairings: Bland, New South Wales, Australia. Who knows, the league could grow if it adds Ordinary, Maine, U.S. into the fold.

PostHeaderIcon Jaguar E-Pace SVR

Having struggled for many decades with few and often outdated products, Jaguar made a big step toward getting back on the horse by launching its first-ever SUV, the F-Pace. Inspired by the F-Type sports car, the F-Pace received a smaller brother, called the E-Pace, in 2017. Designed to compete against the likes of the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, the E-Pace is not yet in dealerships as of July 2017, but we’re already thinking about what versions Jaguar might release soon. Obviously, a beefed-up SVR variant is at the top of our list.

Would an E-Pace SVR make sense right now? Definitely. At this point, you can’t have too many SUVs, especially performance-oriented, premium ones. Now you could argue that the E-Pace SVR might not have many competitors to go against in this niche, but that’s exactly the point. Jaguar can become one of the first to step in this market instead of doing what it usually does: following the path laid by others. But of course, this means that Jaguar must move fast and launch the E-Pace SVR before BMW rolls out the X1 M and takes some market share from the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 and Audi RS Q3. And while Jaguar has yet to confirm a small SVR, we went ahead and created a rendering to go with our speculative review.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Jaguar XJR575

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Jaguar released today an updated XJ range including a new range-topping super hot model. The 2018 Jaguar XJR575 is a £93,710 super saloon with 575 PS and 700 Nm of torque, the ability to accelerate from 0-62 mph (100km/h) in just 4.4 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h), which is by the way achieved from standing still in a mere 44 seconds.

In fact Jaguar has come up with an interesting way to demonstrate this amazing acceleration to top speed with this video in which TV presenter and race driver Amanda Stretton conducts an interview with Jag designer Wayne Burgess in the time it takes the XJR575 to hit 186 mph:

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Being a top of the line model, 2018 Jaguar XJR575 benefits from some SVO options such as Velocity Blue and Satin Corris Grey. The car itself is set apart from regular XJs by virtue of a rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes featuring gloss black surrounds, plus exterior badging and twin bonnet louvres, red brake calipers, 20-inch Farallon gloss-black wheels, embossed tread plates alongside intaglio and diamond-quilted seating.

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The 2018 Jaguar XJ range features many updates, chief among which the latest Touch Pro infotainment system and 4G Wi-Fi, new larger 10-inch central touchscreen, and upgraded safety kit including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitoring. Prices for the new XJ range start at £59,995.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar E-Pace Sets Record For Farthest Barrel Roll in a Production Vehicle

It’s hard to have a more successful world debut than what the Jaguar E-Pace just had. You would think that being the second SUV in Jaguar’s lineup would be enough to catch people’s attention, right? Nope. Jaguar had to do something different, and it did just that by setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest barrel roll of any production vehicle, doing so by hitting a 50 foot-long jump and completing a 270-degree corkscrew in the process. The world record itself is impressive, but it’s really old hat for Jaguar, which has made a habit of setting world records upon the debuts of its new models. Remember, the Jaguar F-Pace also launched itself in the record books when it set the loop-the-loop record with a measurement of 62.6 feet during its launch in 2015.

Renowned stunt driver Terry Grant took the wheel of the E-Pace during the barrel roll attempt, which was an excellent choice as Grant owns 24 Guinness World Records. Think the E-Pace’s barrel roll record is his crowning achievement? That’s up for debate since he also owns the aforementioned loop-the-loop record with the F-Pace, not to mention his other records, including driving a Nissan Juke on two wheels and going 55 mph for 1.6 miles while piloting the Nissan Leaf. This new world record set by the E-Pace is the perfect showcase of the new SUV’s agility and performance capabilities. It’s hard to imagine any kind of real-world application as far as barrel-rolling is concerned, but then again, a record is a record and Jag’s new SUV can now be considered a legitimate world record-holder.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Pulls The Covers Off Of The New E-Pace, Officially Establishes SUV Family

The Jaguar F-Pace represents Jag’s first foray into the SUV market and it’s been an unbridled success. It’s received rave reviews, posted strong sales numbers, and was even named the 2017 World Car of the Year back in April. Needless to say, the follow-up model would have enormous shoes to fill. That model has now arrived, and from the looks of things, the all-new Jaguar E-Pace is going to do just fine slotting in below the F-Pace in Jag’s now-potent crossover and SUV lineup.

The entry-level premium crossover officially made its world debut in London and there’s already growing confidence among Jaguar execs that it has another hit on its hands with the new E-Pace. The crossover won’t have an easy time at it, though, because it’s entering a market that already features entrenched models like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA-Class, and Porsche Macan. Don’t expect Jag’s new crossover to shrink away from the competition, not when it has the F-Pace’s pedigree and some technical assistance from Jaguar’s sister company Land Rover, regarded as the godfather of today’s modern crossovers and SUVs. All things considered, the Jaguar E-Pace has all the tools to be as successful as its big brother. The more important question to ask is if it’s good enough for World Car of the Year consideration. It’s too early to say at this point, but the signs are there for the E-Pace to have a similar trajectory as the F-Pace. It just has to prove it’s worth all the hype.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Jaguar E-Pace

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Entering the SUV market with the F-Pace was a wake-up call for Jaguar in the sense that they realized they’ve been missing on a hugely lucrative opportunity. So they scrambled and made another SUV in a short period of time, and here it is now in official glory, the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace.

The E-Pace, as those of you with who know your alphabet have already guessed, is smaller than the F-Pace. It is really Jaguar’s ticket to the compact SUV market, but dynamically and technology-wise the British crossover is way above the standards of its class. 2018 Jaguar E-Pace benefits from a mind-boggling level of technology features and it boasts sports car-inspired design and build.

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You get lightweight suspension architecture, all-wheel drive, available Active Driveline and torque vectoring by braking systems, all of which is designed to make the SUV drive better. And there is even something called Configurable Dynamics technology which allows customers to personalize throttle, steering and transmission settings. Engine-wise, the E-Pace launches with two four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine options producing 246HP and 296HP, each mated to a ZF 9-speed automatic transmission. European versions get a coupe of diesels unis as well, plus a 300HP version of the Ingenium motor.

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2018 Jaguar E-Pace is also as connected as a smartphone. The cool and sporty interior features large 12.3-inch full color TFT driver display and Head-Up Display systems, InControl Touch Pro infotainment system featuring 10-inch touchscreen that connects customers to smartphone applications via InControl Apps function, and optional 4G WiFi hotspot. Prices for the E-Pace start from 28,000 GBP or 38,000 USD and it’s available to order right now.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar entered a new era in 2013 when it launched the F-Type and regained the sporty and innovative spirit it had lost in recent decades. The British company made another big step into the future in 2015, when the F-Pace became the first SUV to wear the “Cat” logo. In 2016, Jaguar unveiled yet another crossover, this time around in the shape of an all-electric crossover. Dubbed I-Pace, it previewed the company’s first-ever battery-powered production model. Come 2017, and the I-Pace is getting ready to make its public debut with camouflaged prototypes being tested on public roads.

Unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the I-Pace was loosely based on the F-Pace styling-wise but ditched Jaguar’s already familiar four-cylinder, V-6, and V-8 powerplants for a pair of electric motors and a battery pack. Described as a smart five-seater that’s “a performance car, a family car, and an SUV all in one,” the I-Pace is Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle and essentially bring to fruition the electrification process that the company began back in 2010 with the C-X75 concept. What’s it all about? Let’s find out in the speculative review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar E-Pace Preview: Extreme Testing

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Yes, yes, it’s a new SUV, but you have to cut Jaguar some slack because it’s only their seconds car of this type and not the eightieth like some other car makers. The new 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is set for July 13 debut as announced by this teaser they have released, bragging about how thoroughly they have tested the car to make sure it is good and reliable. 

Those of you who know your alphabet have already come to the conclusion that the E-Pace is a smaller F-Pace. It’s a compact SUV, this model, with an emphasis on performance according to Jaguar. That explains why they have spent countless hours at the Nurburgring honing the ride and handling of Jaguar E-Pace.

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The ‘Ring connection doesn’t necessarily mean Jaguar E-Pace is going to be awesome on the road and rubbish off of it. The testing regiment for the performance-oriented SUV has been a tough one, including more than 150 prototype racking up 120,000 hours of testing. And it has been a diverse plan, taking the E-Pace from the -40C temperature of the Arctic Circle and the high altitudes and rivers of China’s most remote provinces to the searing heat of Dubai deserts.

All of this is very admirable, but if the E-Pace is going to look like a 75 percent photocopy of the F-Pace, really, what’s the point?

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PostHeaderIcon Could Jaguar Have A Mystery Unveiling Planned At Goodwood?

Count Jaguar in as one of the many automakers that will be in attendance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s not exactly ground-breaking news though, is it? Well, it appears that Jag isn’t coming to Lord March’s estate empty-handed as rumors are circulating that the company is coming with a new version of its XJ sedan.

Now, this isn’t actually a rumor in the traditional sense because Jaguar itself announced such plans. What’s been left in the dark is what kind of version of the XJ this mysterious model is going to be. The only thing Jag hinted at is that it will be a new “derivative” of the luxury sedan and that it will use the Festival of Speed’s famous Hill Climb event to complete its final testing phase. Other than that, we’re left to our own imaginative devices to speculate on what derivative of the XJ this model is going to be. Could it be a new performance-oriented XJR? Maybe something out of Jag’s SVO division to sit alongside the XE SV Project 8? There’s also the possibility that with the current generation XJ nearing its life cycle, Jag might be developing this mystery XJ as a last hurrah of sorts – like perhaps an ultra luxurious final edition model? There are plenty of different directions that this mysterious XJ could go so predicting what it’s bringing to the table at Goodwood will likely amount to nothing. We’ll know the answer soon enough.

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PostHeaderIcon Could Jaguar Have A Mystery Unveiling Planned At Goodwood?

Count Jaguar in as one of the many automakers that will be in attendance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s not exactly ground-breaking news though, is it? Well, it appears that Jag isn’t coming to Lord March’s estate empty-handed as rumors are circulating that the company is coming with a new version of its XJ sedan.

Now, this isn’t actually a rumor in the traditional sense because Jaguar itself announced such plans. What’s been left in the dark is what kind of version of the XJ this mysterious model is going to be. The only thing Jag hinted at is that it will be a new “derivative” of the luxury sedan and that it will use the Festival of Speed’s famous Hill Climb event to complete its final testing phase. Other than that, we’re left to our own imaginative devices to speculate on what derivative of the XJ this model is going to be. Could it be a new performance-oriented XJR? Maybe something out of Jag’s SVO division to sit alongside the XE SV Project 8? There’s also the possibility that with the current generation XJ nearing its life cycle, Jag might be developing this mystery XJ as a last hurrah of sorts – like perhaps an ultra luxurious final edition model? There are plenty of different directions that this mysterious XJ could go so predicting what it’s bringing to the table at Goodwood will likely amount to nothing. We’ll know the answer soon enough.

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