TWO DAYS DRIVING THE E-PACE – A NEXT EDITION HIGHLIGHT

I have just arrived back in the office following two days when I was one of 14 fortunate journalists able to learn about, and drive, most variations of the exciting new E-Pace.  I covered around around 500 kilometres in a massive variety of conditions, some very demanding.

I believe E-Pace is destined to be the most sought after model in the Jaguar line-up – for very good reason.

Jaguar has quickly moved from being a regular four-door saloon manufacturer with a sports car range, into being a manufacturer which thrives on the most popular type of car in the world – the SUV.

You will get the full story in our coming magazine because we have held edition #192 back to include E-Pace.

Let me tell quickly though that the model is, in my opinion, a very clever mixture of F-Type and XE – meaning it handles like a sports car, performs like a sports car – that its even better when you engage different settings – and is fabulously balanced like an XE saloon.

It is luxurious, about the right size for most people, looks very handsome and extremely well priced!

There.  I have probably given too much away here, but the main story off the two days, and driving impressions will fill all of pages we have set aside for this feature.

Oh, yes, the photos show it off to advantage too!

You are going to see many of E-Paces on the road in a short time.

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ALL NEW – SVO PUTS ITS MAGIC TOUCH INTO A V8 SUPERCHARGED F-PACE …

The Jaguar F-PACE, 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year, gets the SVR treatment to make it the fastest and most powerful F-PACE yet, with an enhanced chassis and aerodynamics for maximum driver reward in all conditions.

Engineered by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), with a 44% uplift in power, the F-PACE SVR’s 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine produces 550PS and 680Nm, enabling it to reach 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds) with a top speed of 176mph (283km/h).

“The F-PACE SVR delivers the handling and agility to match its performance. Everything from the steering to the bespoke suspension set-up has been tuned specifically for our performance SUV and the result is a vehicle that lives up to the promise of both the F-PACE and SVR names.”
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar Land Rover

Aerodynamic enhancements include larger air intakes at the front and side fender vents that lower pressure in the wheelarches, reduce lift and provide additional cooling while also optimising high-speed stability. In addition, unique wheel arch extensions and lower body mouldings provide a low-slung muscularity that sets the SVR apart.

An exclusive SVR bonnet features vents to help extract hot air from the engine bay and provide visual evidence of the SVR’s dynamic intent.

At the rear, a unique spoiler is joined by a new bumper housing the quad tailpipes of the Active Exhaust system. The bumper incorporates side strakes that aid aerodynamic performance by smoothing airflow away from the rear of the vehicle.

 

Inside, the F-PACE SVR features slimline performance front seats that provide enhanced lateral support and have signature lozenge quilting and embossed SVR logo. In addition, unique rear seats echo the heavily sculpted designs up front and the SUV’s sports car character is underlined by the Sport Shift Selector. Finally, the SVR branded steering wheel features tactile aluminium paddle shifters.

 

Customers can register their interest at www.jaguar.co.uk and select ‘Keep me informed’ to find out more information or click the ‘I Want One’ button to be contacted by their nearest retailer.

The full details and images are in our coming edition which is set to be printed.

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WAYMO TO BUY UP TO 20,000 I-PACES

John Krafcik, the CEO of Waymo, stands with the Jaguar I-Pace 

Self-driving car spinoff Waymo will buy up to 20,000 electric vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover to help realize its vision for a robotic ride-hailing service.

The commitment announced Tuesday marks another step in Waymo’s evolution from a secret project started in Google nine years ago to a spin-off that’s gearing up for an audacious attempt to reshape the transportation business.

The Jaguar deal will expand upon a fleet of self-driving cars that Waymo has been gradually building in partnership with Fiat Chrysler since 2015. Waymo initially equipped about 600 Pacifica minivans with its self-driving technology before negotiating to buy “thousands” more of the vehicles.

The minivans will be part of a ride-hailing service that Waymo plans to launch in Phoenix later this year. If all goes well, Waymo expects to expand the service to other states.

Jaguar will deliver its vehicles for Waymo’s ride-hailing from 2020 to 2022. The 20,000 “I-Pace” models will provide up to 1 million rides per day, according to Waymo.

Financial terms of Jaguar’s deal with Waymo weren’t disclosed. Jaguar lists the starting price for its I-Pace model at about $70,000, a figure that translates into $1.4 billion for 20,000 vehicles.

The alliance with Jaguar will give Waymo a way to appeal to passengers who want to ride in a more luxurious car or want to avoid the pollution caused by vehicles fueled by gasoline.

Waymo’s planned ride-hailing service poses a potential threat to Uber and Lyft, the early leaders in that still-developing field. Both Uber and Lyft are trying to ward off Waymo by developing their own self-driving cars, even though they got a late start in autonomous technology.

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JAGUAR AND LAND ROVERS TO USE BLACKBERRY SOFTWARE

Jaguar Land Rover will use BlackBerry Ltd’s infotainment and security software in its vehicles, the companies have said.

Under the deal, terms of which were not disclosed, BlackBerry will license its QNX software for cars and Certicom security technology to JLR.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company has sought to reinvent itself after the collapse of its smartphone business, focusing on a rapidly changing auto industry that is racing to add more autonomous features and ultimately build self-driving cars.

BlackBerry’s shares have risen more-than 80 percent in Toronto in the past year.

The QNX unit, which has long been used to run car infotainment consoles, is expected to start generating revenue in 2019.

“Connected and autonomous vehicles will react and drive based on rich data. Our platforms help process data efficiently and keep it secure and trusted,” said John Wall, general manager of BlackBerry QNX.

 JLR said last year that all its new cars would be available in electric or hybrid versions from 2020.

Britain’s biggest carmaker said in January it would open a software engineering center in Ireland to work on advanced automated driving and electrification technologies.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TESTING AUTONYMOUS CARS AT MILTON KEYNES

Land Rover (JLR) is showcasing self-driving valet technology on Britain’s streets which allows a car to find a space and park itself.

A Range Rover Sport will also travel on open public roads at up to 30 miles per hour, as carmakers compete with each other and burgeoning technology companies like Google to deliver the latest advancements to drivers.
“Reducing the everyday stresses of driving – like squeezing into a tight parking place – means that we can all focus on the more enjoyable aspects of our cars,” said Joerg Schlinkheider, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Engineer, Automated Driving.

JLR will also showcase technology which alerts drivers when an emergency vehicle is approaching and notifies motorists when another connected car brakes, helping to potentially avoid accidents.

The tests will take place in the central English city Milton Keynes.

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