Launched in 2012, the Jaguar F-Type is fairly old by industry standards.The 2020 Jaguar F-Type gets a new Checkered Flag Limited Edition model meant to reference Jag’s past sports-car glory.Jaguar has a deep well of history to draw from, going back to the 1948 XK 120.Based on the R-Dynamic model, the Checkered Flag Limited Edition is available in three colors: Caldera Red, Fuji White, and Carpathian Gray.The limited edition is available as a coupe or convertible, and both body styles get an Exterior Black Design Pack with trim pieces in, you guessed it, black.Coupes also get a contrasting roof.
In 2017, the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake was launched with a stunt that involved skier Graham Bell being towed along behind the car to set a Guinness World Record speed of 117mph.We were invited to experience the test behind the updated 2019 Sportbrake XF before taking the car out on the icy roads of the French mountains.And how did the car hold up driving on snow so deep usually only skidoos dare brave it?That meant up to 300PS of pure power intelligently pushed through the four wheels to make sure the car clung to the snow and ice.The R-Sport trim meant bigger wheels and a body kit on top of the standard offerings, which is why it looks so good in the photos.After setting up a towing system that didn't look a like different to that found on a wakeboarding boat, the car was rolled out onto the La Plagne ski slopes early in the morning before the lifts opened for the day.
Autonomous cars will not be able to use hand gestures to communicate with pedestrians, which could lead to confusing situations at busy intersections.Jaguar Land Rover is working on creating a simple language driverless vehicles can use to tell pedestrians whether they’re stopping, turning, or cruising.Instead of letters and numbers, the language is made up of a series of light bars projected onto the ground.The bars fan out left or right as the car prepares to turn in either direction.These signals are easy to understand anywhere in the world.It’s a better solution than the truly creepy eyes Jaguar tested in 2018 to allow pedestrians to make eye contact with autonomous cars.
Multiple challenges face autonomous vehicles as they move into the mainstream in coming years; among those challenges is how to let other drivers and pedestrians know what the autonomous auto is doing.One way that Jaguar has come up with to let people know that an autonomous auto sees them is to put googly eyes on the vehicles that look at the person the car senses.Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a new system that is designed to show other drivers and pedestrians where the car is going.The system that the automaker has come up with uses a projector to throw lines indicating the direction the vehicle is traveling onto the road.The projection system is able to show both directionality and stopping intent.The system is part of the Jaguar Land Rover research into helping people trust autonomous technology.
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Times are tough in Europe for carmakers, as evidenced by Thursday's Reuters report that both Ford and Jaguar Land Rover are laying off large swaths of employees.Jaguar Land Rover will be releasing a little over 10 percent of its workforce while Ford is keeping its numbers private.These massive layoffs stem from many contributing factors including the US' trade difficulties with China, China's slowing car market, Brexit, reduced demands for diesel vehicles and stricter emissions requirements.According to Reuters' report, Jaguar lost £354 million in the span between April and September of 2018, and the looming threat of a no-deal Brexit could cause losses in 2019 to be even worse if operating costs aren't reined in.Ford Europe currently employs 53,000 people, and while we don't have a specific number that Ford will be laying off, reports put it in the thousands.Ford is also contemplating the closure of several of its European manufacturing facilities in an attempt to move that division's finances from red to black.
Jaguar has announced what it calls the ultimate car door.The new door can open automatically as the driver approaches and can be operated by gesture control.The door is currently a prototype and is being tested on a Range Rover Sport.The tech uses motion sensors and the existing keyless entry technology to detect the driver as they approach the vehicle.When the driver is detected, the door opens automatically.Jag says that the tech could be helpful to disabled people and for those carrying child seats or large items.
No, I don’t know why they named them like that, either.” Like trotting out the 0-60 time of a supercar, or the tow rating for a truck, you get used to explaining the 2018 Jaguar E-PACE’s oddest feature – its name – at gas stations or in parking lots.This E-PACE, despite what the badge might imply, is resolutely gas-only, not to mention being smaller and roughly half the price.It’s Jaguar’s entry-level crossover, in a segment that has already served the automaker well.The R-Dynamic body kit on this particular Caldera Red E-PACE is pleasant, but not as much as the 20-inch wheels.Base model cars make do with mere 17-inch rims, and even the E-PACE R-Dynamic trim only gets 18-inchers as standard.Regardless of shoes, the E-PACE gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gas engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission.
According to Jaguar, its EV can do 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.The Jag has a 90kWh battery pack that and a range of 234 miles on a single charge.The I-PACE will be the only electric compact crossover available until the Audi E-Tron, Mercedes-Benz EQ C, and Tesla Model Y hits showrooms.The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE starts at $69,500 while our top-spec HSE variant starts at $80,500.But for far too many brands, going electric was more of a strategically prudent way to satisfy increasingly stringent emissions standards than a true commitment to electric mobility.GM and Nissan are fully committed to production EVs.
It's about to be sad times at Jaguar Land Rover if a report published Sunday by the Financial Times is accurate: The Indian-owned British car and SUV maker is reportedly slashing 5,000 jobs from its 40,000-employee workforce.According to the FT report, the cuts will be officially announced in January as part of a three-year cost-cutting program to help the company recover from the effects of trade frictions between the US and China as well as the problems caused by the UK's potential no-deal exit from the European Union.Jaguar's CEO Ralf Speth cautioned UK Prime Minister Theresa May that a bad Brexit deal could be ruinous for the company, costing tens of thousands of British jobs and billions of pounds in revenue.In addition to the rumored cuts to staff, JLR plans to find other efficiencies and liquidate other assets in order to save itself over $3 billion over the next three years to help offset things.The luxury carmaker is no stranger to financial struggles, but things have been going relatively well for both Jaguar and Land Rover since Indian carmaker Tata bought them from Ford a decade ago with a refreshed and well-received product line which has included the F-Type and the new I-Pace electric SUV.
Even if you like a little bet now and again, we reckon you'd have been reluctant to put much money on Jaguar being among the first true luxury car brands to launch an all-electric car, but that's exactly what it's done – the I-Pace is the famous marque's first all-electric car, and it's a major achievement.However, while we've seen some of those German giants dip their toe in the water with the likes of the BMW i3 and VW Golf-e hatchbacks, what makes the arrival of the I-Pace even more impressive is that it's the first premium all-electric SUV from an established car manufacturer.It also means it's fighting directly with Tesla's Model S.Let's get down to the nitty gritty.The I-Pace features two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors housed to deliver constant four-wheel drive.With all that power delivered instantly, you'll be able to plant your foot to the floor and out-drag a Porsche 911 Carrera (991) to 60mph (4.5 seconds versus 4.6 seconds since you ask), while the I-Pace can reach a top speed of 124mph.
The F-Type, Jaguar’s only true sports car, is waiting in line to get a major makeover.The British company has already assigned a team of engineers and designers to secretly work on the next-generation model due out around the turn of the decade.The project is still at the embryonic stage of development, and product planners haven’t yet locked in key details like what the model will be powered by.Jaguar is leaving two options on the table, according to British magazine Autocar, and they’re completely different from one another.On the other hand, the F-Type could remain gasoline-powered and receive a Jaguar-specific evolution of the twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 that powers many BMW models, including the M5 and the recently-introduced X7.Going electric means designers wouldn’t have to package the car around a big V8.
Waymo’s driverless car service could begin taking paying customers as soon as December, sources claim, with the Alphabet-owned autonomous vehicle project finally taking on Uber and Lyft.It comes after years of research, initially clandestine but then more visible.Waymo’s fleet of autonomous cars have gone from circling the roads around Alphabet’s facilities in Mountain View, California to operating closed beta trials in Arizona and elsewhere.The big question, of course, was when all that research would progress from a huge engineering project into something that could make Waymo money – and convince Alphabet that this particular “moonshot” had paid off.In the process it set the company’s legal team a not-insignificant challenge.Rules around how and where autonomous cars can operate vary state by state.
The usual prowling grounds of Jaguar’s F-Type convertible are sweeping mountain roads and beachside resorts, but two new rally editions of the British drop-top have leaping not cruising in mind.Taking inspiration from the Jaguar F-Type Chequered Flag Limited Edition, but then cranking it up several notches, the rally cars certainly stand out.They’re intended to mark the 70th anniversary of the reveal of the iconic Jaguar XK 120, back in 1948.Each gets Jaguar’s 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder gas engine, good for 296 horsepower, but are then handed over to the Jaguar Design and Engineering teams.The brakes and suspension are upgraded to deal with the sort of gravity-defying leaps we’re used to seeing on rally stages, while inside there’s an FIA specification roll cage.Jaguar also adds race seats with six-point harnesses and a fire extinguisher.
Cars are sent to Germany’s Nürburgring racetrack frequently to set lap records, but the closest ordinary people usually get is watching in-car footage on YouTube.But now Jaguar is offering rides around the Nürburgring in its XE SV Project 8 — which holds the lap record for fastest production sedan at the legendary track, according to JaguarThe Nürburgring is open to the public, so anyone can drive the track for a fee.But over the years various automakers have also provided fast cars to serve as “race taxis,” giving rides to people who don’t have a car, or just want a more skilled professional driver to handle things.The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the perfect tool for the job.In 2017, the car set a lap time of 7:21.23, which Jaguar claimed was a record for a four-door sedan.
Just days after it was reported that Toyota would finally add Android Auto support in its cars, Jaguar Land Rover has announced similar plans to add CarPlay and Android Auto to its vehicles, as reported by MacRumors.A spokesperson confirmed that CarPlay and Android Auto will be available in all 2019 Jaguar and Land Rover-branded vehicles equipped with InControl Touch Pro or Touch Pro Duo infotainment systems, as well as on older models through retroactive updates.CarPlay and Android Auto will be available with an optional smartphone connectivity package, which will start at $280 and go up depending on the vehicle model.There’s no set date for when these features and retroactive updates will be available in the US, but rollout appears to have started in the UK.It’s good, if not belated news, and Land Rover and Jaguar owners should be able to get a lot out of their newly equipped infotainment systems.With third-party mapping services added to Apple’s CarPlay in iOS 12, drivers now have the option to use whatever navigation app they prefer, like Google Maps.
Called the e-tron, the EV is a mid-size SUV loaded with technology with an unofficial range of over 300 miles.Comparing the e-tron to the Model X gets messy.Tesla sells the Model X in three flavors: mild, hot, and on fire.And for $125,800, buyers can get the P100D that’s good for 298 miles and a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds.Here’s how I see each vehicle’s advantage:Best price-to-battery ratio: Buyers get a 95 kWh battery on the base model.
IF you have an old Land Rover or Jaguar and IF money is no object and IF you would like a new radio and satnav, THEN Land Rover's classic team has a really quite impressive solution.It's building retro-futuristic entertainment devices to slot into ancient old vehicles, bringing knobs and dials and a 3.5-inch touchscreen to the world of rotary fans and sliding vents.The image atop the page shows such a thing, which is a quite beautifully modern piece of kit that fits in with any stinks-of-dog 1990s Land Rover interior, blending its new screen and Bluetooth connectivity with rotary controls and physical buttons.The cost of the thing is a bit much, mind, at £1,000 for the head unit and a bit more to have someone install it properly without making too much of a mess of getting the old one out, but money's probably not much of a concern to people with spare Defenders knocking about the cow shed.There are models designed to blend in with the alternative finishes of classic Jaguars too, which might be of interest if you've just inherited your grandad's beloved XJ40.[Land Rover Classic via Top Gear]
Owning a classic car is a wonderful experience, but if you like the idea of having modern infotainment, you've traditionally been stuck with some kind of hideous, too-bright aftermarket stereo thing.That's just not going to work with most classics.Jaguar Land Rover Classic has you covered though, so that you can whip your XJ C or Range Rover Classic without looking like a dork.Being as invested in its history as JLR is, it understands that having just one classic infotainment design isn't going to cut it either, so it's offering five, each with aesthetics to suit its intended era and brand.Jags get chrome or black fascias, while Landys get brushed aluminum or black anodized aluminum.There's also a touchscreen model, which is cool, but probably not that easy to use given the unit's single DIN size.
Luxury German auto maker Mercedes has announced its first all-electric car, the all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic SUV.This production-ready EV (electric vehicle) is just the latest in a line of electric cars from premium manufacturers to launch this year, with the likes of BMW, Audi and Jaguar also unveiling gas-free options.Tesla remains the most well-known electric car maker, but with more and more premium manufacturers launching rivals to the Model S, Model X and Model 3, it'll likely be looking nervously over its shoulder.While the production car has been officially announced - after a concept of the EQC 400 was shown off at the 2016 Paris Motor Show - you won't actually be able to get your hands on one until 2020.When the EQC 400 4Matic finally does roll off the production line, you can expect a top speed of 180km/h (around 110mph), a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time of 5.1 seconds and a range, Mercedes claims, of over 450km (280 miles).The car also comes with a range of smart features including navigation that bases its calculation on the fastest route taking into account the shortest charging time, and the MBUX multimedia system - Mercedes-Benz User Experience - which has numerous EQ-specific functions such as the display of range, charge status and energy flow.