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Go electric or go off road: Customers choose with Jaguar Land Rover and Pivotal subscription

• ‘Pivotal’ offers all-inclusive, no-commitment premium subscription for Jaguar and Land Rover models

• Complete flexibility allows members to swap models or pause membership to suit them

• All-electric Jaguar I-PACE and the latest plug-in hybrids Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport available to subscribers

• Car subscriptions forecast to account for 10 per cent of European and US sales by 2025*

• Pivotal is backed by InMotion, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital and mobility services arm

Pretoria, 2 July 2020 – As more people choose flexible monthly payments over one-off bills, Jaguar Land Rover is changing the way we use vehicles – with a premium car subscription service. (At its most basic, it revolves around the notion of  “temporary ownership” … a shared mobility service where customers can access a vehicle by the month - ed).

Britain’s biggest car maker has set up the service, called Pivotal, so UK customers can experience either the latest technology from the smarter, more refined and premium Jaguar range, or trial the unrivalled breadth of capability, versatility and luxury offerings of the Land Rover range, swapping between models when it suits them.

The Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Sport are included, with new models being introduced at a later stage, including the new Land Rover Defender and two new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles: the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque PHEVs.

Customers can also choose the multi-award winning all-electric Jaguar I-PACE to experience driving with zero-tailpipe emissions, or alternatively the Jaguar F-PACE. The service will allow members to adapt their vehicle choice every six months, to suit their changing lifestyle, whether it’s a new job, growing a family or the need for greater flexibility. Pivotal will initially be looking to grow and integrate with approved Jaguar and Land Rover retailers to supply the vehicles.

The new service offers an alternative to the traditional vehicle ownership and leasing plans. A single monthly payment covers the rental cost, insurance, tax, servicing and repairs – leaving just fuel to pay for. There are multiple membership tiers available and members can put their subscription on hold from month to month.

Already 18 per cent of drivers prefer no-commitment subscriptions to paid-up ownership. These are predicted to account for nearly 10 percent of all new sales in the USA and Europe by 2025 – equivalent to some 16 million vehicles*. The early trials have proven this as an effective way of encouraging new customers to try the brands, with 80 percent of new members not having previously owned a Jaguar or Land Rover vehicle.

Isobel Dando, Managing Director of Pivotal said: “The world is changing, and Jaguar Land Rover is changing with it, adapting to the needs of our customers as well as supplying those who would not normally consider our cars and SUVs.

“Traditional car ownership may not provide the flexibility required by some in the modern world, and with Pivotal we are able to offer an alternative, premium option. Our customers love driving and a subscription gives members chance to experience living with different vehicles – whether their priority is lower-emissions, advanced safety technologies, versatility or design, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles have plenty to offer.”

Rawdon Glover, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK said: “The future of mobility has never been more in the spotlight and our customers are increasingly looking for more flexibility in the way they interact with us. We are constantly looking at new and innovative ways to deliver the best solutions for our customers and adding the Pivotal subscription service to our portfolio is the latest in a line of new services that put our customers’ needs first.

“Through Pivotal and our network of retail partners, even more drivers can get behind the wheel of a Jaguar or Land Rover and we’re excited to see how this new initiative fits in a post-pandemic world where personal transport will undoubtedly be in more demand.”

Pivotal is backed by InMotion – Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital and mobility services arm. It aims to provide the most flexible all-inclusive premium car subscription service, targeted at the 20 per cent of young professionals who wouldn’t normally own a car**.

Pivotal will secure Jaguar Land Rover a place in the Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) market, an industry forecasted to exceed $52 billion by 2027†, with the ultimate goal of achieving zero congestion and zero accidents as part of the Destination Zero vision.

For further information, please visit www.drivepivotal.com.

*Frost & Sullivan, (2018);  https://ww2.frost.com/frost-perspectives/your-next-car-could-be-flexible-subscription-model/

** Insight Advantage report, (2019);  https://www.am-online.com/news/market-insight/2019/08/01/over-a-third-of-car-buyers-interested-in-subscription-services

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All-electric I-PACE: even more driver-focused technology

JAGUAR I-PACE NOW SMARTER, BETTER CONNECTED AND FASTER-CHARGING

● All-electric I-PACE performance SUV: now featuring a new infotainment system, three phase AC charging and even more driver-focused technology

● Pivi Pro infotainment system: as quick and easy to use as your smartphone, with self-learning navigation that can show you where the nearest available charge station is, how much it will cost and how long it will take to charge

● Faster charging: 11kW (AC) domestic wall box can add 53km/33miles of range (WLTP) per hour for customers with three-phase supplies

● Outstanding performance and range: Acceleration from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds and up to 292 miles / 470km (WLTP)

● Greater connectivity: Dual-modem embedded SIM with 4G data plan, wireless device charging, embedded Spotify, and Bluetooth for two phones at the same time

● Driver Assistance technology: A new optional ClearSight rear-view digital mirror and standard-fit 3D surround camera system deliver significantly enhanced visibility

● Occupant wellbeing enhanced: Cabin air ionisation with PM2.5 filtration captures ultrafine particles and allergens. The I-PACE can filter cabin air while on charge before a journey

● More distinctive design: Atlas Chrome finish to grille pins as standard, enhanced paint palette and introduction of a 19-inch wheel

● New Bright Pack option: accentuates I-PACE’s World Car of the Year award-winning design

● Enhanced software-over-the-air capability: Systems including infotainment, battery management and charging can be updated remotely and enable the I-PACE to continuously improve over time

● Available to order now at jaguar.co.uk/i-pace and priced from £65,195

Tuesday 23 June 2020, Whitley, UK: The Jaguar I-PACE – the world’s first premium all-electric performance SUV – now offers a new fast, intuitive infotainment system and quicker charging capability, making owning and driving an electric vehicle easier than ever.

Since its debut the I-PACE has won more than 80 global awards, including 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car, reinforcing its status as the Jaguar which tore up the rule book to become the first and best electric car of its kind.

With two Jaguar-designed electric motors at each axle, producing exceptional combined performance of 400PS and 696Nm, aluminium construction and a low centre of gravity, the I-PACE offers an unrivalled balance of all-wheel drive performance, refinement, luxury and agility – together with outstanding real-world range and day-to-day usability.

I-PACE: at a glance

The Jaguar I-PACE now delivers even more technology to make living the electric life simpler and more rewarding than ever. This is the first Jaguar to feature the new Pivi Pro infotainment system. As intuitive to use as a smartphone, Pivi Pro is fast and responsive with enhanced EV navigation that can show you if nearby charging stations are available or in use, what they cost, and how long it will take to charge.

I-PACE now comes with an 11kW on-board charger as standard, enabling customers with access to three-phase electricity supplies to enjoy significantly faster charging: when connected to an 11kW wall box 33 miles* of range (WLTP) per hour can be achieved, while a full charge from empty now takes only 8.6 hours – ideal for overnight charging at home. Customers using 7kW wallboxes also benefit from competitive charging capability – up to 22 miles of charge per hour, with a full charge taking 12.75 hours. When charging ‘on the go’, a 50kW charger will add up to 39 miles in 15 minutes, whilst a 100kW charger will add up to 78 miles over the same period.

With a focus on air quality, occupant well-being is prioritised, with cabin air ionisation now featuring PM2.5 filtration to capture ultrafine airborne particles and allergens. The I-PACE can even filter its cabin air before a journey begins.

The exterior design is enhanced with a new Atlas Grey grille tip finish and customers benefit from an enhanced paint palette, new range of wheels, and a luxurious new Bright Pack option, available on all models in the I-PACE range.

Alan Volkaerts, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar I-PACE, said: “When we developed the I-PACE we wanted it to be the world’s most desirable electric vehicle and to show what happens when Jaguar goes electric. I think we’ve achieved those ambitious goals, and now we’ve made it even better with a new infotainment system, three-phase charging and technology that benefits driver and passengers alike.

“We’ve also subtly enhanced the design with an Atlas Grey finish to the grille mesh and with the new Bright Pack option. I-PACE was the first premium all-electric performance SUV: every change we’ve made ensures that it’s still the benchmark in its class.”

More after the spec sheet

I-PACE: in detail

Smarter, faster and better connected:

The new Pivi Pro infotainment system is a highlight of the I-PACE’s spacious, luxurious interior. The 12.3-inch high-definition virtual instrument cluster, 10-inch and 5-inch upper and lower touchscreens** and multi-function, haptic rotary controllers are matched to crisp, clean, contemporary graphics for an engaging, intuitive user experience.

Inspired by smartphones, Pivi Pro is easy to use, while its powerful processor and ‘fast start-up’ ensures the system is ready to go by the time you’re in the driving seat. Supported by a built-in back-up battery, navigation initialisation takes just a few seconds.

The new and intuitive flat menu structure makes navigating the system easy with the features and functions you use regularly accessible via the home screen with just a click. The redesigned navigation system reduces the number of steps required to set a destination by half and customers are now able to pan and zoom in and out of the map with a pinch of the fingers, just as with a smartphone.

I-PACE is now available with an optional wireless device charging pad beneath the ‘floating’ centre console. Wireless charging also includes signal boosting, ensuring the phone’s signal remains stronger for longer. A Smartphone Pack with Apple CarPlay® is standard, as is Bluetooth technology which can pair two phones simultaneously ensuring you’ll always be connected. The Smartphone Pack also includes Android Auto™ as standard.

Customers need no longer be concerned about data usage or buying a SIM, as the I-PACE comes with a dual modem embedded SIM (eSIM) and complimentary 4G data plan which enables unlimited music streaming via Spotify, Deezer or Tunin and map, weather, calendar and traffic updates simultaneously***.

The new Pivi Pro infotainment system will help to get you where you want to go in less time and with less effort. The navigation uses self-learning algorithms to optimise routing, voice guidance even knows to remain quiet when you’re travelling through areas you know, and maps will always be up to date thanks to software-over-the-air (SOTA) functionality.

Stephen Boulter, Vehicle Engineering Manager, Jaguar I-PACE, said: “The Pivi Pro infotainment system makes it easy to use public charging networks. As well as showing where charging stations are it can also tell you if they’re available, what they cost to use, and an estimate of charging time. We know that most customers charge their I-PACE at home but we wanted to make charging on the go just as simple – and our new infotainment system makes that possible.”

Simplifying the process still further is Pivi Pro’s ability to automatically add charging stations to your route, if needed. The system will select the optimum chargers to minimise total journey time. On long drives, Pivi Pro can also show you the predicted charge level on arrival at each waypoint.

Driver assistance and wellbeing:

The I-PACE has been designed to keep you and your family safe and was awarded the maximum five-star EuroNCAP rating.

State-of-the-art digital technology further assists drivers and road users. Visibility is significantly enhanced with the addition of a 3D Surround Camera system as standard which provides a 360-degree digital plan view of the surrounding area and potential hazards, visible through the central touchscreen.

Inside the cabin, the ClearSight rear view mirror improves vision and convenience by ensuring the driver always has an unobstructed view of the road behind, even with three people in the rear seat or with the 656-litre luggage compartment loaded up to the roof.

ClearSight uses a wide-angle, rear-facing camera linked to a high-resolution screen within the frameless glass mirror. A small toggle switch on the mirror allows the driver to switch seamlessly between the view from the standard mirror and the camera feed.

Neatly integrated within the roof-mounted antenna module, the high-definition camera works in all conditions, including low ambient light, while a protective lip and hydrophobic coating help to repel water and ensure the camera lens remains as clean as possible.

All occupants benefit from the enhanced climate control system, which delivers smart, energy-efficient heating or cooling of up to four zones independently. Cabin air ionisation designed to remove allergens, also features a filtration system which captures ultrafine particles – including PM2.5 particulates – to improve occupant health and wellbeing. One important benefit to the new filtration system is that, when charging, customers can use the I-PACE’s pre-conditioning system (which optimises battery temperature) to also purge the cabin of allergens and ultrafine particles before beginning a journey. Front seat occupants now also benefit from heated front seats as standard.

Enhanced customer choice:

Complementing the new Atlas Grey grille tip finish is the luxurious new Bright Pack option, available on all models in the I-PACE range. The Bright Pack accentuates I-PACE’s breath-taking design with a Noble Chrome grille surround, Atlas Grey door mirror caps, Satin Chrome window surrounds and Atlas Grey for the rear diffuser. The contemporary Black Pack option is enhanced with the application of the gloss black finish to the rear badges.

A refreshed paint palette now features colours such as Caldera Red, Portofino Blue and Eiger Grey. There’s also a wider choice of wheels, with a new 19-inch design being offered for the first time on I-PACE, and replacing 18-inch wheels as standard equipment on S models.

Inside, customers can now benefit from the option of an enhanced Meridian 3D Surround Sound System with TrifieldTM technology. The system features two additional speakers in the cabin headliner, meaning the 16 speaker and one subwoofer arrangement delivers an exceptional experience for all occupants.

Going electric made easy:

The Jaguar I-PACE has been designed to ensure every step of the customer journey delivers peace of mind and makes owning an electric car as easy as possible.

• With a range of up to 292 miles (WLTP) from its 90kWh battery, customers with an average daily commute would only need to charge their I-PACE once a week****.

• I-PACE is offered with an 8 year or 100,000 mile battery warranty.

• A range calculation tool on jaguar.co.uk/i-pace jaguar.com makes it easy to see how factors such as vehicle speed, ambient temperature and climate control settings can influence the real-world range you could expect to achieve.

• Jaguar has developed the iGuide app making it simple to find and understand the key features and controls of your Jaguar I PACE. It also doubles as your mobile owner’s manual, ensuring the answer to any question about charging are at your fingertips.

• For queries ‘on the go’ I-PACE customers can also get help 24/7 from the I-Assistance service – at the touch of a button they’ll be connected directly to an expert to answer any queries about the vehicle.

• Every home charging point from Jaguar’s recommended partners comes smart enabled, meaning you can conveniently activate and deactivate you charging progress straight from your smart phone.

• When charging in public places the I-PACE’s charging cable locks into place as soon as the car is locked, and cannot be disconnected until the vehicle is unlocked, giving you the freedom to go about your day while the vehicle charges up.

• The Jaguar I-PACE has an Eco Mode which helps preserve range by reducing energy depletion and encouraging a more efficient driving style. It also makes subtle changes to cabin temperature, air recirculation and to a number of the car's other features. You can override these changes by normal operation of each feature or via the menu settings.

• The I-PACE is equipped with Software over the Air (SOTA) functionality. This means Systems including infotainment, battery management and charging can be updated remotely and enable the I-PACE to continuously improve over time.

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* Range added per one-hour/15-minute period is WLTP range

** The lower touchscreen is an option on the ‘S’ model and standard on all others.

*** 4G data plan is subject to market availability. The unlimited data is provided by the eSIM and applies to connected services and features for their respective subscription periods: Connected Navigation is initially included for three years and the Online Pack connected services subscription is provided for an initial period of one year.

**** Based on data captured by Jaguar’s Go I-PACE app in the UK.


Jaguar I-PACE electric taxis on world’s first wireless high-powered charging rank

• Jaguar Land Rover partners with City of Oslo to launch wireless charging taxi project

• Project partners include US tech company Momentum Dynamics, charge point operator Fortum Recharge and taxi operator Cabonline/NorgesTaxi

• ElectriCity initiative will make Oslo the first city in the world to install high-powered induction-charging bays •

All taxis in Norway’s capital will be emission-free by Q1 2024

Pretoria, 25 June 2020 – Jaguar Land Rover has agreed to support the City of Oslo with the world's first high-powered wireless taxis.

In a programme known as ‘ElectriCity’, the global vehicle manufacturer will join Nordic taxi operator Cabonline (NorgesTaxi AS), the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, US technology developer Momentum Dynamics and the City of Oslo to build wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital.

The project will be the first wireless high-powered charging system for electric taxis in the world and by providing a charging infrastructure model that can be implemented almost anywhere, it will help the rapid adoption of electric vehicles globally.

Fortum Recharge, who will be supporting the installation and electrification of the project, identified the need for a more efficient charging experience for taxi drivers in Oslo and enlisted the support of Momentum Dynamics in integrating the wireless charging infrastructure.

Jaguar Land Rover will provide 25 Jaguar I-PACE models to Cabonline, the largest taxi network in the Nordics. The brand’s performance SUV has been designed to enable Momentum Dynamic’s wireless charging technology, making it the ideal vehicle to drive the initiative. A team of engineers and technicians from both Momentum Dynamics and Jaguar Land Rover were engaged to help in testing the solution, and Cabonline signed up to operate the fleet as part of Oslo’s ElectriCity programme.

For usage efficiency, Taxi drivers need a charging system that does not take them off route during their working hours. Multiple charging plates rated at 50-75 kilowatts each, are installed in the ground in series at pick-up-drop-off points. This allows each equipped taxi to charge while queuing for the next fare. The system, which uses no cables and is situated below ground, requires no physical connection between charger and vehicle, engages automatically and provides on average 6-8 minutes of energy per each charge up to 50kW.

The taxi then receives multiple charges throughout the day on its return to the rank, maintaining a high battery state of charge and the ability to remain in 24/7 service without driving range restrictions.

The Oslo ElectriCity partnership is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s ambition to make societies healthier and safer, whilst reducing emissions. Delivered through relentless innovation to adapt its products and services to the rapidly changing world, the company’s focus is on achieving Destination Zero, a future of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.

Prof Sir Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive, said: “We’re extremely proud of our track record in electrification and we’re committed to making electric vehicles easier to own and use. The taxi industry is the ideal test bed for wireless charging, and indeed for high-mileage electric mobility across the board.

"The inherently safe, energy efficient and high-powered wireless charging platform will prove critical for electric fleets, as the infrastructure is more effective than refuelling a conventional vehicle.

"We’re delighted to be part of ElectriCity and to continue to lead the field in electric vehicle technology. This is a great step forward to reaching our Destination Zero mission.”

Oslo will be the world’s first metropolitan area to install wireless, induction-based high-powered charging stations for electric taxis, in a bid to make its cab system emission free as early as 2024. Norway wants to go even further however and is mandating that all new cars sold in the country by 2025 are zero emission.

Arild Hermstad, the City of Oslo’s Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport, said: “We’re delighted to welcome private enterprises to help us to turn our vision into reality.

“As part of our commitment to reducing emissions by 95 per cent before 2030, we have put many exciting measures in place, but transport continues to be a key challenge. By improving infrastructure and providing better charging to the taxi industry, we are confident that by 2024 all taxis in Oslo will be zero emission. To reach our goal, the public sector, politicians and private enterprises must come together, as we do in this project.”

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It's a wonder what a new set of headlights will do

2021 Jaguar F-Type review: Giggle factory

A midcycle refresh adds liveability and new style to an already very capable sports coupe. By Andrew Krok, Road Show at CNET on June 11, 2020

The Jaguar F-Type is unabashed theater. Short, low and packing as much character as an early Robin Williams stand-up routine, the only thing that one-ups this sport coupe's visuals is how it tackles curvy roads. The 2021 F-Type also packs a few new upgrades that improve its daily livability, but make no mistake -- there's still a whole lot of ridiculousness hiding under its svelte new sheetmetal.

Like

Sounds like cannon fire

All-star hustle

Surprisingly pliant in daily use

Don't Like

Quieter than it used to be

Mediocre infotainment

Limited interior storage

I wasn't exactly keen on the F-Type's new face in photos, but now that I'm laying eyes on it in person, I've come around. The front end's slimmer headlights actually give the car more visual width, making it look even more of a hulking brute than before. Some of the sharp body lines have been softened, too, bringing its overall silhouette closer to, say, a Mercedes-AMG GT. Throw in a heapin' helpin' of Sorrento Yellow paint ($4,550) and my tester's optional 20-inch wheels ($1,100) and you'll be turning necks in no time flat. And since there's a V8 under the hood, there are four positively honkin' tailpipes out back to project the song of its people far and wide.

Inside, a pair of redesigned seats offer solid support without feeling constricting, and as before, the leather feels premium on every surface it graces. The interior can feel a bit drab in its monochromatic hue, but the aluminum trim helps break things up a bit. Visibility is decent for a sports coupe, with a tight view through the rearview mirror, but it's not as bad as the AMG GT, which has such a small windshield that it's hard to see stoplights.

Jaguar and its sister company Land Rover haven't ever really been top of the pops when it comes to in-car tech, albeit not for a lack of trying, and the 2021 F-Type stays the course in that regard. Gone is the old physical gauge cluster, and in its place is the same 12.3-inch screen found on just about every other new Jaguar and Land Rover in existence. It's flexible, so you can display a bunch of information on either side of a single tachometer, or you can shove that stuff between two more traditionally designed gauges.

Living in the dashboard is the Touch Pro infotainment system on a 10-inch screen. It's much better than the last generation of telematics tech, but it's still pokey to respond and a little confusing to navigate, and some of the icons on the screen are decidedly hard to hit, even at a standstill. Navigation is standard, as is Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

When it comes time to charge, there are two suitably powerful USB-A ports in the center armrest. For those micromanagers out there, Jaguar's connected-car app works with both phones and the Apple Watch ($399 at Apple), and it allows owners to remotely lock, unlock and start the car, in addition to offering up basic vehicle information at a glance.

The only true bummer inside the 2021 F-Type, though, is its lack of storage options. The glove compartment is decently sized, but the door pockets are quite small, as are the cup holders, as is the cubby under the armrest. The hatchback offers up a decent 14.4 cubic feet of storage -- a whopping 4.3 cubes more than the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe can muster -- which is enough for a decent amount of groceries or a set of golf clubs.

But the F-Type's visuals are only half of the gut-punch this car delivers 24/7/365. Every inch of the Jaguar's existence is dedicated to making its driver giggle with delight.

Despite a bit of a neutering to make room for an even more bonkers SVR variant, the F-Type R's standard active exhaust still barks to life each morning with a nice, healthy brrap that settles into basso profundo aggression -- and that's before flipping the tailpipe button on the center console.

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F-Type's visuals are only half of the gut-punch this car delivers

In suburban life, the 2021 F-Type is impressively pliant. The car's standard adaptive suspension has been further refined, and it doesn't take long for me to notice just how smooth the F-Type feels as I worm my way through traffic. Despite the 20-inch rollers and thin-enough Pirelli P-Zero summer tires (265/35 front, 305/30 rear), most road annoyances disappear in the dampers, but the inherent stiffness in this coupe's small body means I never forget what car I'm actually in. The interior's road noise is largely determined by the quality of pavement underfoot, but wind noise is minimal at worst. Leave everything in its default mode and the result is a surprisingly capable daily driver.

The action I'm really after, though, isn't the kind I find on the way to the garden center, unless there's a canyon, mountain or forest between me and it. Flip the F-Type R's mode switch to Dynamic, open up that exhaust and let 'er rip. The dampers stiffen to eliminate body roll, while the eight-speed automatic transmission holds onto gears longer. I prefer to use the aluminum shift paddles for better gear control, because if you leave the tachometer needle between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm, the tailpipes will bounce overrun cracks and burbles off every nearby surface.

The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 will never stop howling under load. The 2021 F-Type's engine receives some small tweaks to boost output to a meaty 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. I'm never left wanting for motive force, even in seventh or eighth gear, although most backroad carving is done in third and fourth, both of which are plenty capable of launching me to extralegal speeds between hairpins.

Despite having all-wheel drive, the F-Type R lets its rear-axle bias show, the body wriggling when power is applied a bit too early -- a problem that the traction control has no issue sorting out smoothly. The only way I can tell the system is working is when I depress the pedal and don't get any extra forward motion.

Forming a symbiotic relationship with the F-Type is simple. It doesn't take long to feel like an extension of the metal. Every upcoming corner begs me to brake a little later, turn in a little faster, apply the power a little earlier, all in the pursuit of carrying more speed that the car and its sticky Italian tires can easily handle. It goads me into antics I might not be comfortable with in other cars, it all feels so natural.

The steering wheel is direct with the right amount of feedback. The brakes are simple to modulate, but they will clamp down with absolute authority when necessary. Bright colors are often a sign of danger in nature, but the only danger here is a speeding ticket.

If you're wondering about fuel economy, my answer is, yes, it consumes fuel. At 16 miles per gallon city and 24 mpg highway, the F-Type won't win any awards, and having fun means the EPA's estimate is a best-case scenario, if it's even achievable at all. At the same time, it's a six-figure sports car, so I can't imagine people will have the budget for the ride but not the fuel.

Sports cars aren't usually chock full of safety tech, but the 2021 F-Type R is. Standard driver assistance systems include automatic emergency braking, non-adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist and a backup camera with suitable resolution. The only upgrade on offer costs $500, and it adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

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The interior is compact, but I wouldn't call it cramped.

When it comes to an ideal spec, this F-Type R is pretty close to mine, but it's not cheap -- the R's base price of $104,225 has grown to $115,100. I'd save some money on paint by opting for a $710 British Racing Green hue, but I'd throw $375 at eliminating all the exterior chrome. I really like my tester's $1,100 wheels, so I'd keep those, and I'd splurge further by dropping $1,175 on a panoramic roof that really opens up the cabin. $800 goes directly to heated and ventilated seats, and $870 is diverted to a Meridian surround-sound upgrade. Top it all off with a $1,125 package that adds a heated steering wheel, a heated windshield and two-zone climate control, and I'd be staring down an out-the-door price tag of $110,380.

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type has a solid complement of competition. The Mercedes-AMG GT is probably its closest competitor; both are amazing to drive, though the Merc feels a bit more cramped despite being the superior handler. If you want a back seat, the base BMW 8 Series is priced pretty closely, and while it's not as much fun, it's a bit more suited for daily life. If you're unsure about how many seats you want, consider the Porsche 911, which is unsure about how many seats it has.

Jaguar's F-Type has, to me, always been about big, dumb fun. Equipped with the supercharged V8, the F-Type R is an absolute screamer of a sports car, blending daily usability and backroad capability in equal doses without sacrifice. It's an absolute goldurned hoot.


The benefits of electric mobility you haven’t thought about yet

Pretoria, 8 June 2020 – The migration from internal combustion to purely electric motoring will require a shift in mindset for South African drivers, but most of the behavioral adjustments will be accompanied by some attractive and convenient benefits which many have likely not yet considered.

With electric vehicles (EVs) your home becomes your primary filling station. The practice of topping up from your very own wall socket or dedicated wall box, most often while you sleep, is a tasty proposition and far more convenient than stopping to fill up while on the move as is necessary with traditional internal combustion engines (ICE). EV drivers will enjoy leaving home every morning with full “tanks”, much like fully charged cell phones which are habitually charged nightly.

With a range of up to 470km the Jaguar I-PACE can easily cover the distances associated with most daily journeys, meaning that nightly recharges will require minimal top-ups. Recharging whenever possible, rather than waiting for the battery to completely drain, will dramatically decrease charging times.

Charging at home while you sleep will also help to make the use of battery preconditioning a regular habit. When the I-PACE is plugged in it’s possible to set a departure time and preconditioning schedule from the on-board touch screen so the car can prime itself for the journey ahead.

Preconditioning warms the battery to its ideal temperature, in turn maximising range, and is advised for any trips longer than 80km. This way drivers can ensure that the car will achieve its maximum distance abilities every morning before leaving home.

Home charging is also by far the most economical way to keep mobile with an EV. Though electricity costs vary depending on the region in South Africa, an average of R2 per kW/h is a good rule of thumb. At this rate a full charge from zero to full in an I-PACE would cost only around R180.

Using these figures, the costs of driving an I-PACE work out to roughly 38 cents per kilometre when charged at home. A V6 diesel-powered vehicle on the other hand, which is of comparable size and power output, works out to around 68 cents per kilometre using the inland diesel price of R11.40 and its combined average fuel consumption (NEDC2) of 6l/100km. For reference, the most economical car at the recent WesBank Fuel Economy Tour 2019 returned a winning average diesel consumption of 4.7l/100km - meaning a driving cost of around 54c/km.

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Jaguar offers insight into design process with series of masterclass films

• Four-part masterclass series gives an insight into Jaguar’s creative design process

• Films follow the all-electric I-PACE from pencil sketch through to 3D animation

• Tutorials are part of Jaguar’s #StayHomeStayCreative campaign

Pretoria, 18 May 2020 – Jaguar is giving an insight into its design process with a series of masterclass films produced to encourage creativity and skills development at home. Hosted by Jaguar designers, the four-part series follows the progress of the all-electric I-PACE through the initial design stages, with expert advice and tips from each of the disciplines featured in the films.

Just like in the design studio, the process begins with sketching. Chief Creative Designer Dominic Najafi gives a tutorial on sketching the I-PACE with a pencil and paper before handing over to Matthew Beaven, Chief Exterior Designer, who then transforms the preliminary sketch idea into a professional digital render using Photoshop.

The third film follows Chris Scholes, Senior Alias Modeller as he creates an exterior design proposal, taking the 2D digital render and developing it into 3D surfaces using Autodesk Alias software. Finally, CG Artist Elliot Brett from the Design Visualisation team brings the I-PACE to life, detailing how it is taken from storyboard through to animation.

The first three films are available to view now:

Jaguar Design Masterclass | EP 1: Sketching the All-Electric I-PACE (14m:52 sec)

Jaguar Design Masterclass | EP 2: Rendering the All-Electric I-PACE (43m:18 sec)

Jaguar Design Masterclass | EP 3: Taking I-PACE from 2D to 3D (3m:04 sec)

The fourth film, to complete the series, will be released shortly.

Air Purge system freshens the cabin prior to entry

Cabin air purification technology available on all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in South Africa

• System can electrically charge air particles to ionise them and remove harmful pollutants and particles

• Planned introduction of a new PM2.5 system with an even stronger filtration system will prevent particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres from entering the cabin

• Air Purge system freshens the cabin environment before entry to a vehicle

• Cabin Air Ionisation available on all Jaguars and Land Rovers now, with PM2.5 upgrades scheduled for release later this year

Pretoria, 11 May 2020 – All new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles are now available with the option of a hi-tech Cabin Air Ionisation system in South Africa.

Designed to improve air quality, the feature reduces allergens, airborne bacteria and associated odours. The system electrically charges air particles, ionises them and in turn removes pollutants and other harmful particles. By functioning with the climate control system, the vehicle can constantly purify the air, making for a healthier and more enjoyable drive.

Although a relatively new technology for automobiles, air ionisation is a well-experimented and proven science. The system uses a condenser inside the vehicle to collect moisture from the air. These water molecules are then electrically charged, or ionised, to trap contaminants like allergens and bacteria when dispersed through the climate control system.

The benefit of using a moisture based-system means the contaminants are better secured, making them less likely to escape the filter media. Without ionisation these particles would flow freely throughout the cabin, even through the cabin pre-filters which are fitted to most modern vehicles today.

Cabin Air Ionisation with PM2.5

Jaguar Land Rover is also taking the technology a step further with the planned introduction of a new Cabin Air Ionisation with PM2.5 filter system. This feature is an upgrade of the previous version with an even stronger filtration system to help prevent particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometres in size from entering the cabin.

PM2.5 is a key measure of air quality and its level of potential harm to the respiratory system. In some countries with high pollution levels, it is typically advised that people stay indoors when PM2.5 reaches 500 AQI (Air Quality Index) due to the increased risks to their health. The Cabin Air Ionisation with PM2.5 system is able to significantly reduce incidences of additional particulates entering the cabin that may cause bad smells, trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks; and balance enough fresh air to maintain driver alertness.

An Air Quality Sensor, which is already a feature in existing systems, continuously scans the external air entering the vehicle to assess its relative quality, and, if it detects harmful pollutants it will automatically engage the climate control system’s recirculation setting.

In areas of extremely poor air quality the system may engage recirculation for a sustained amount of time resulting in a build up of CO2 inside the cabin which could potentially affect driver alertness. A CO2 Management feature will then selectively reopen the recirculation door to let fresh air in and return balance to the cabin air environment.

Another handy feature is an Air Purge which activates the fans and recirculation function of the climate control system remotely in order to “freshen” the cabin’s air prior to entry. This function can be controlled in two ways – timed or remote. Drivers can either set a Timed Departure within the vehicle’s infotainment system before exiting the vehicle after a journey, or use their Remote InControl app to engage Air Purge from their smartphones ahead of entry to their vehicle.

Cabin Air Ionisation with PM2.5 will be introduced in some Jaguar Land Rover models in South Africa by the end of 2020 and will be available in all vehicles by the beginning of 2021.

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Software-over-the-air now standard on every new model in South Africa

Jaguar Land Rover pushes tech boundaries

• Jaguar Land Rover South Africa conveniently delivers future-proof software for all its new customers

• Software-over-the-air (SOTA) functionality is now standard on all Jaguar and Land Rover models, enabling future infotainment system updates to be made without having to visit a dealer

• Latest level Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment software now includes Smartphone Pack – which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard

• Existing Jaguar and Land Rover customers offered complimentary SOTA capability and latest level Touch Pro / Touch Pro Duo infotainment upgrades on compatible models

• Complimentary upgrades for existing customers also include Smartphone Pack

• Watch a video of a wireless update for Jaguar HERE

Pretoria, 6 May 2020 – As part of an on-going transformation in connected services capability, every new Jaguar and Land Rover model available in South Africa now has Software-over-the-air capability (SOTA) as standard.

This gives every customer the ability to conveniently receive future software updates to their vehicle without having to visit their dealer – including the latest level Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment systems, both of which now feature a Smartphone Pack with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Jaguar Land Rover is also offering the SOTA capability, and Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment upgrades – including Smartphone Pack – to existing customers in South Africa. These complimentary updates are compatible with most vehicles made from the 2016 model year onwards*.

Nick Rogers, Director Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are passionate about creating and delivering the latest technology to our customers. Building on the connected capability of the new Defender, we have made our pioneering software-over-the-air capability for infotainment updates standard on all our vehicles.

“Of course, we want our existing customers to benefit from the latest connected features as well, which is why we are offering them a complimentary upgrade to enable this capability on their vehicles too, together with the latest updates for their Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment systems. At Jaguar Land Rover, our vision is to create experiences people love for life, putting our customers at the heart of everything we do. This programme is just one way in which we are making that commitment clear.”

Aside from the Smartphone Pack, which enables customers to use compatible apps on their smartphones – such as music streaming, navigation and text message dictation – via the vehicle’s touchscreen, the very latest versions of the Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo system software makes operation quicker, easier, and more intuitive.

The possibilities for future improvements of user interfaces and software capabilities are near endless, and will continue to be rolled out as upgrades are developed and made available. In some of the most recent updates items such as Bluetooth connectivity, on-board media players and climate control screens have been upgraded as part of SOTA functionality.

Compatible Jaguars and Land Rovers have added a skip function within their media players, allowing users to move forward ‘+15’ seconds and back ‘-15’ seconds while listening to podcasts. Improvements have been made to the way Bluetooth devices are paired, and icons in the climate screens, such as digital buttons for Air Ionisation activation have been changed to different designs - much like app icons in smartphone updates.

Customers with SOTA-enabled vehicles will be able to quickly and easily download new software themselves via a micro SIM card in the vehicle**, or through a Wi-Fi connection. Via the touch screen, customers are able to turn software updates on or off enabling them to activate the download at times which are most convenient to them.

** Customers arrange and pay for this themselves via service providers of their own choice. They are walked through the process during vehicle handover - ed

As updates become available, vehicles will display a pop-up notification within the infotainment system and users will be able to accept the prompt in much the same way as smartphone software updates. Another message on the screen will notify of successful installation completions.

The complimentary upgrade is available on vehicles built with Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment from 2016 model year onwards, and include Jaguar XE, XF, XJ, E-PACE, F-PACE, I-PACE and F-TYPE; as well as Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport; Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Velar and Evoque.

Customers with 2019-2020 Model Year vehicles will already have SOTA functionality integrated into their infotainment systems.

* Subject to vehicle specifications

Notes:

• Customers eligible for the complimentary upgrade have been contacted by their dealer for the work to be carried out

• The Touch Pro infotainment system was first launched on the 2016 Model Year Jaguar XF saloon, and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system was first launched on the 2018 Model Year Range Rover Velar

• The Smartphone Pack was offered as optional or standard equipment on Jaguar and Land Rover models from the 2019 Model Year onwards

• From the 2019 Model Year, software-over-the-air capability was introduced to Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. Owners of these vehicles should check their Driver’s handbook to ensure that this feature has been enabled, or contact their dealer for further information

• The soon-to-be-launched new Land Rover Defender features the all-new Pivi and Pivi Pro infotainment systems, which feature Smartphone Pack and software-over-the-air capability as standard.


aguar's director of design, Julian Thomson, stands in front of a gargantuan display at the company's new design studio.

What does COVID-19 mean for car design?

Stuck in an attic

We ask Jaguar’s Julian Thomson Jonathan M. Gitlin

ARS Technica, April 25, 2020.

Adapting to the coronavirus lockdown and the move en masse to working from home has been easier for some professions than others. We've been doing it since day one here at Ars, because typing at a computer is just as easy to do at home as it is a crowded office.

That's less easy if you're, say, a car designer. "The design studio is a big workshop; it's a big collaborative workshop," says Julian Thomson, Jaguar's director of design, who like the rest of the organisation now finds himself working from home in the UK. We spoke with Thomson this week to see how that's affecting his 300-strong team, what legacy this pandemic might leave on the cars that get designed in the future, as well as what to look for in the recent F-Type design refresh and the forthcoming XJ electric sedan.

The last few weeks have required a little adaptation for the Jaguar design studio. "In an organisation like Jaguar Land Rover there are a lot of people who do just stand at a computer screen all day. But it's very unnatural for a designer or a modeller to do that" he explained. Pre-pandemic, Thomson says he'd hardly ever be found in his office. "I['d] spend the majority of my time just wandering around looking at models, talking to people, seeing what they're doing. If I have a question, more often than not, I walk over on the person's desk," he told me.

Thomson — whose design credits include the original Lotus Elise and the first-generation Range Rover Evoque — has had the top design job at Jaguar for a little under a year, replacing his former boss Ian Callum last July. A couple of months later, he and the rest of the company's designers moved into a new design studio in Gaydon, England, a 130 000-sq ft (12 000b m2) space with state-of-the-art CNC clay modelling equipment, VR caves, and an 36-foot (11m) 4K display wall. "A whole new studio was built around a very collaborative communicative space. And so now to be stuck in my attic tied to an iPad is pretty strange for me and has had its moments," he said.

Each new Jaguar design is the work of hundreds of people, but needs to look as if it's a singular vision, not the product of a committee. "That's why we need to have such good communication and in such a close-knit team. So it's difficult to copy that situation when we're all separated like this but it's working out all right," he explained.

His biggest frustration is not being able to see or compare designs as full-size, 3-dimensional clay models. "And that's frustrating because then the ultimate realisation of what we do. I can review animations and 3D models at home. We can review final production data at home, we can sign off tooling and final surface. So we can do all of that stuff very effectively. You know, we have quite collaborative meetings where we can review the same material, and it works okay. The clay model is the part of the process where you're really refining surfaces and honing designs and getting them right—that's a bit we can't really do at the moment. That's a bit of a bottleneck in the process," he told me.

But like many, it's not being able to spend the days with his coworkers that stings the most. "The social interaction and the discussion is very, very important. I really miss that," he said.

Will COVID-19 change the design of our cars?

One of the main requirements of being a car designer is being able to think ahead, envisioning the vehicles you think people will (or should) be driving in the coming years. I asked Thomson if he thought the pandemic might leave its scars on future cars?

"I think we're interested in how it's going to change people's attitudes. I was just watching something on TV last night which had a scene set in Grand Central Station and two people going onto a train, just pushing past each other—it looks so alien to see people in a big crowded station or running around each other, you know, and it's amazing how quickly people's attitudes change. And so, people's views of getting on a bus, or shared transportation—how are they going to feel about that? The whole thing about the general rat race, and people's values in life and family and work life balance. All these things are being questioned," Thomson told me.

One possibility is a greater acceptance of electric vehicles. "People are going to be really thinking about health, they're seeing that suddenly the streets are quieter, the air is cleaner. You know, everyone's seeing the world in a different way. I think for the car industry it will encourage electric vehicles; I think it will probably encourage the health element of cars as well about how healthy cars are, and the damage they do but also how they look after their occupants in terms of air quality. I think that'll be important," he said.

As for whether there's still an appetite to spend tens of thousands of dollars (or more) on a new car, he's as unsure as the rest of us. "I think it'll also affect people's spending power — how they actually measure success and how they measure the value of having stuff. So we could either see people being more modest and withdrawn, wanting to have simpler lives. Or we could see them doing the complete opposite; just going mad, going crazy and saying life's too short," he said, pointing out that the Hermès store in Guangzhou, China, took $2.7 million the day it reopened in mid-April.


I-Pace: Overall Winner and Best Premium Car

Jaguar I-PACE named 2020 Autotrader South African Car of the Year

• I-PACE wins overall Car of the Year award, as well as the Best Premium Car category

• Jury consisted of expert South African Guild of Motoring Journalists members

• The win represents the first for Jaguar in the event’s 34-year history, and the first time an electric vehicle claims the coveted title

• Growing list of accolades also includes 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, World Green Car and European Car of the Year

• Watch the unique online award ceremony as it streamed live HERE

 

Pretoria, 21 April 2020 – The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has added to its growing tally of international awards by claiming the coveted 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year title.

The nomination represents two historic firsts, as it was the first time an electric vehicle has won the event in its 34-year history, and the first time a Jaguar has taken overall honours. The award was presented in another first for the competition, as due to the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown regulations the ceremony was held virtually with a live video stream.

In addition to winning the overall Car of the Year, the Jaguar I-PACE EV400 AWD SE was also named best Premium Car by an expert panel comprising members of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ).

Richard Gouverneur, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to add the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year title to the long list of awards the I-PACE is gathering globally. It’s also an honour to have an all-electric vehicle listed among a long line of high-profile previous winners since this competition’s inception in 1986. This is literally history in the making.

“We are well aware of the tough competition we faced in the running, and the entire Jaguar Land Rover South Africa team is extremely proud to be recognised in a contest celebrating automotive excellence. A hearty congratulations is due to all other nominees, runners up and individual category winners, and I’d like to personally thank the Guild and AutoTrader teams for their hard work in running the competition.”

Since its reveal in 2018, the Jaguar I-PACE has collected nearly 100 global awards including 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, World Green Car, European Car of the Year, and German, Norwegian and UK Car of the Year.

All these titles recognise the technical excellence of the I-PACE’s zero emissions powertrain, which was designed and developed from a clean sheet of paper, in-house. Aside from being the best premium electric vehicle in the world, it’s a true Jaguar driver’s car with a combination of sports car performance, exceptional refinement, advanced driver technologies and all-wheel drive SUV usability and practicality.

A 90kWh lithium-ion battery enables a range of up to 470km (WLTP) and is capable of charging from 0-80% in just over an hour (60kW DC). The two light, compact and efficient Jaguar-designed motors generate a combined output of 294kW and 696Nm of instant torque, delivering 0-100km/h in an exhilarating 4.8 seconds.

In 2018 Jaguar South Africa introduced a R30-million public charging infrastructure investment in partnership with electric vehicle charging authority GridCars. The network includes nearly 100 charging stations nationwide, making day-to-day travel and even long-distance journeys by EV and plug-in hybrid vehicles even more convenient.

The grid comprises stations positioned along frequently-travelled holiday routes including the N1, N2 and N3, as well as various points of convenience such as shopping centres in the country’s major city hubs. Every Jaguar Land Rover dealership also has publicly accessible charging stations installed.

Jaguar also recently announced its partnership with e-Movement, the Cape Town Formula E Bid Company, which plans to host an all-electric Formula E World Championship round on a street circuit in the heart of Cape Town. As the Founding Partner of the bid, Jaguar is reaffirming its position as the leading motor manufacturer in South Africa’s future of electric mobility.


Please don't Spot-Squat

Jaguar’s basic etiquette tips for public EV charging

Pretoria, 30 March 2020 – The number of electric vehicles (EVs) on our roads is expected to grow exponentially in the short term, so the sooner some basic ground rules for public charging etiquette are laid, the smoother the experience will be for those who drive EVs as well as those who drive traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

While South African EV drivers will primarily charge at home where the topping up process is most convenient and cost effective, it’s inevitable that the country’s growing network of public chargers, such as the Jaguar Powerway, will see increasing traffic as more electric vehicles come to market.

Jaguar has some helpful tips to ensure a happier future of electric mobility for all road users.

Don’t spot squat

The number one rule in public EV charging is to never occupy a station’s parking bay if your car isn’t charging.

Most EVs, including the Jaguar I-PACE, offer handy phone apps to remotely monitor charge levels. Keep an eye on your car’s battery level, and politely move it to another traditional bay when sufficiently charged in order to make space for the next EV to arrive.

Don’t prolong the charge process by unnecessarily waiting until your car is brimmed to 100% if not needed. If home, or your next destination does not require maximum range to reach, it would be courteous to unplug and vacate the bay when your car is charged to a comfortable enough level to reach the next destination.

ICEing is a thing

Many of the public charging stations in South Africa are, and will continue to be, positioned in premium locations such as near mall entrances or close to other points of interest, so the temptation to steal these convenient spaces will be strong for non-EV drivers. If your vehicle has an internal combustion engine (ICE) and occupies a charging bay reserved for electric vehicle charging, it can be very frustrating for EV drivers in need of urgent top-ups.

Overseas the terms “ICE-ing” or “getting ICE’d” have been adopted for the inconsiderate art of parking normal cars in EV bays. ICE vehicle drivers are urged not to park in dedicated EV bays, even for very short times, no matter how unlikely the arrival of an EV may be.

Keep it tidy

Unlike full service petrol and diesel filling stations in South Africa, EV charging will be performed by owners and drivers themselves, so the responsibility of keeping each site in tip-top condition lies with them.

Put the charge connector back in its receptacle and hang the cable as neatly as possible on its hooks when finished charging. A cable and connector left on the floor can pose a tripping risk for pedestrians and could lead to unnecessary wear and tear. Charge cables are designed to be incredibly tough and weather proof, but are not intended to be repeatedly driven over by cars or exposed to elements on the ground.

Just like public bathrooms, leave EV charging bays like you’d like to find them.

Plan ahead

All public charging stations within the Jaguar Powerway network, whether at Sandton City or in Beaufort West, can be viewed remotely via live maps on the Jaguar.co.za or Gridcars.net websites.

The live map displays the entire network of Jaguar Powerway and GridCars supported public charging stations, and indicates the current status of each including if it’s online, offline or in use. The map also shows the time and date of the station’s last successful use, as well as a tally of that particular station’s total charge sessions to date.

Avoid log jams at public chargers by viewing in real time if another car is charging at your next destination, and consider altering your trip to make use of an alternative public charger if it’s occupied.

 


Jaguar’s near-Arctic proving grounds, in Arjeplog, Sweden, is different

Learning to Drive in the Snow...in a Jag

A day of strategic fishtailing at Jaguar's cold-weather test facility.

By Steve Wilson, PopMech Pro, Mar 1, 2020

Every now and then a car company will invite a few journalists to some frigid northern test facility to drive some new model that’s in the throes of cold-weather testing. And while it can be illuminating to learn how they keep the tires from shattering at 20 below, those testing grounds are normally off-limits to the public, and the cars there are months or years away from production.

But Jaguar’s near-Arctic proving grounds, in Arjeplog, Sweden, is different. January through March, anyone can book winter driving lessons at the place where Jaguar tunes its traction control and anti-slip systems. Except, at the Jaguar Ice Academy, those systems get turned off. And that’s when the fun starts.

Sure, plenty of us in the frostier reaches of the U.S. receive involuntary ice-driving experience each winter. But that doesn’t mean we automatically know how to handle a car in low-traction situations. And even if you think you do, you can always learn from the pros. Such as: on snow and ice, the steering wheel isn’t your only means of steering. The throttle becomes a coequal, and you have to learn how to use it.

We begin in an F-Pace, Jaguar’s tall, all-wheel-drive SUV. Like all the vehicles here, it’s fitted with studded winter tires and a stylish piece of aluminum armor across the lower part of the front end—like an old-timey locomotive cow-catcher, but for snowbanks. Arjeplog’s icy road courses, carved onto the surface of a thoroughly frozen lake, are relatively low-consequence if you should involuntarily leave the track, but Jaguar still aims to protect its fleet when four-wheel drifts end in snow drifts. Incidentally, the Land Rover side of parent company JLR is well represented here, too. Discoveries make excellent recovery vehicles.

Lessons begin with an instructor riding shotgun, but quickly progress to remote coaching via radio. With the dramatic slip angles afforded by the slick surface, the pros can see what you’re doing just as well from outside the car. The key lesson, repeated throughout the program, is that your mind should always be on weight transfer and how it can work for and against you.

More after the next pic

Lessons begin with an instructor riding shotgun

Driving on a dry road, you probably don’t much think about weight transfer as you brake and turn into a corner. When grip is scant, though, every move is exaggerated. The instructors encourage us to think of the car as a bathtub full of water. Which way is it sloshing? And how are you going to keep that water in the tub? Because that will correspond to keeping your car on the road.

Head into a corner, brake, feel the weight transfer to the front tires. Turn in, because the grip is up front now. But it’s come off the rear end, so that steps out—lift throttle oversteer, unfolding in slow motion. Add throttle, get that weight moving back onto the rear tires as you countersteer to keep the taillights out of your peripheral vision. Before too long, it starts to feel natural. The F-Pace, pragmatic family hauler, is absolutely down for some epically juvenile drifts. Maybe the best part of Jaguar’s traction-control system is that you can turn it off.

By the time we’re feeling pretty good about our chances of joining a Swedish rally team, they move us into the F-Types. Which are all rear-wheel-drive. If you’ve ever watched an episode of the Dukes of Hazzard and thought, “Well, that looks fun,” you’re absolutely right. There are few things more stupidly entertaining than a powerful rear-wheel-drive car on a low-traction surface. The F-Pace, with its all-wheel-drive and high ground clearance, might be the better tool for deep snow, but the F-Type’s dry-road advantages—low center of gravity, quick steering, instant throttle response—also make it a wieldy tool on the ice.

There were more spins in the F-Types, yes. But nobody seemed to mind. Turned loose with a Jaguar two-seater on studded snows in an Arctic-adjacent wonderland, the morning vehicle-dynamics lessons might not always stay front-of-mind. You’re having too much fun.

And when you’re done driving, there’s more to do, like snowmobiling, dog sledding, or a drive to the Arctic Circle. Couples can sign up with one non-driver, too. Depending on the whims of atmospheric electromagnetism, you might see the Northern Lights. Prices start at about $3,700 for a three-day program, and that includes food and lodging (Jag warns that, given the intensity of the driving, the bartenders might be a little stingy with the pours on the eve of a lesson).

You just have to get there. If you do, it’s a bucket-list winter driving experience: hugely capable cars turned loose in a spectacular setting with expert guidance. When you’re screaming sideways in an F-Type, engine winding toward redline, rear tires shooting rooster tails of chipped ice as a maniacal grin affixes itself to your face, it might slip your mind that you’re learning something useful.


The ‘Just Imagine’ films allow you to imagine the thrill of driving or sitting in a new Jaguar F-TYPE.

BAFTA-winning director lets you ‘Just Imagine’ driving the new Jaguar F-TYPE

• Introduction of six-film campaign entitled ‘Just Imagine’ for new Jaguar F-TYPE, directed by BAFTA-winning director William Bartlett

• Films use live action and the highest-quality CGI, allowing you to ‘Just Imagine’ a new F-TYPE

• Result of collaboration between Jaguar, Spark44 and Framestore Pictures

• New F-TYPE will be introduced to South Africa in May, 2020

Pretoria, 3 March 2020 – Jaguar has worked with multi award-winning director William Bartlett on a collection of six films starring the new F-TYPE sports car.

Bartlett won a BAFTA for his work on British drama series SS-GB and has created the title sequences for James Bond movies Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies and Spectre.

The ‘Just Imagine’ films use innovative storytelling techniques and combine live action and computer-generated images, allowing you to imagine the thrill of driving or sitting in a new Jaguar F-TYPE.

The films are a result of extensive collaboration between Jaguar, agency Spark44 and London-based Framestore Pictures. Director William Bartlett places the new Jaguar F-TYPE in different scenarios to highlight its features. It races alongside galloping horses to showcase the 2.0-litre Convertible model, leaps off a ski jump to promote the power of its 5.0-litre V8 R version and shows off its handling on a Hot Wheels-inspired track. It’s also the centre of attention as a photographer snaps images, and it shrinks to the size of a stitch in the trim to show its beautiful new interior.

Andy Hunt Cooke, Jaguar Global Communications Senior Manager, said: “The new Jaguar F-TYPE was designed to inspire extraordinary journeys. By using the latest innovative film techniques we have taken the driver to a hyper-real world, so they can imagine the thrill of experiencing it and the pride they would feel as an owner of such beauty, craftsmanship and sporting dynamism.

“Our partners Spark44 and Framestore both fully embraced our philosophy of fearless creativity driving progress – the spirit that makes Jaguar unique in the automotive world.”

William Bartlett, Executive Creative Director, Framestore, said: “As an iconic British brand there are few car makers that capture the imagination in quite the same way as Jaguar.

“The combination of the technical and aesthetic challenge, mixing live action and CGI was right up my street and the sort of job that always gets me excited. And of course, since a large part of our responsibility is to make beautiful images it certainly helps when at the centre of every frame is Jaguar’s new F-TYPE.”

The new Jaguar F-TYPE in the films looks more beautiful than ever and embodies Jaguar design DNA in its purest form. The two-seat sports car offers a perfect balance of performance and driver reward with an even more muscular, assertive design and a cabin defined by rich, luxurious materials and beautiful details.

A range of powerful, responsive engines includes four, six and eight-cylinder options which are all matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The new F-TYPE also offers more driver-focused technology, including a reconfigurable, high-definition, 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, Touch Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and software-over-the-air functionality so future software updates can be made at the customer’s convenience without having to visit a Retailer. Two superb Meridian sound systems also offer enhanced sound reproduction. The new Jaguar F-TYPE will be available in South Africa from May 2020.

See the series of new F-TYPE films here:

F-TYPE Exterior Design https://youtu.be/bt9eGKaKFw4  

F-TYPE Horses https://youtu.be/OakRypyAFbo  

F-Type personalisation   https://youtu.be/5C2tRD_WK3s

F-TYPE Interior Design https://youtu.be/rr7hQEJ1heY  

F-TYPE Hot Wheels  https://youtu.be/K3uJ1wFqA8k 

F-TYPE Ski Jump   https://youtu.be/IBQKWCfJtcU

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Award-winning F-PACE SUV now available in South Africa as a feature-packed Chequered Flag special edition.

Special edition F-PACE Chequered Flag lands in South Africa

• Taking inspiration from Jaguar’s racing heritage, F PACE Chequered Flag offers assertive exterior styling, distinctive badging and a choice of engines

• Feature-packed SUV includes 10-way electric seats with driver memory, Touch Pro Navigation and Meridian Sound System as standard equipment

• Priced from R1 030 500

Pretoria, 24 February 2020 – Jaguar’s award-winning F-PACE SUV now comes as a feature-packed Chequered Flag special edition in South Africa.

The new Chequered Flag takes inspiration from Jaguar’s rich racing heritage with assertive exterior styling that includes a Sport front bumper and striking Gloss Black detailing on the front grille, door cladding, side vents, and roof rails. Wheels are 19-inch five split-spokes, also finished in Gloss Black.

Inside, the cabin blends luxurious materials and specially crafted finishes, with features including perforated leather seat upholstery, meshed aluminium detailing and unique Chequered Flag treadplates. Occupants benefit from a range of standard features such as 10-way electric front seats with driver memory, Apple CarPlay, Touch Pro Navigation Pack, Meridian Sound System, reconfigurable 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display and the Touch Pro infotainment system.

A range of 2.0-litre AWD powertrains are available with the Chequered Flag, beginning with a performance-focused 184kW 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol powering the F-PACE from 0-100km/h in 7.0 seconds and to a top speed of 217km/h.

Two 2.0-litre diesel options offer either 132kW or 177kW, both also with all-wheel drive. The 132kW version accelerates to 100km/h in 9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 208km/h, while the 177kW F-PACE does the same in 7.2 seconds and 217km/h respectively.

The Chequered Flag is available in Yulong White, Santorini Black and in the newly introduced colour, Eiger Grey.

Prices

Jaguar F-PACE Chequered Flag 2.0 132kW AWD diesel R1 030 500

Jaguar F-PACE Chequered Flag 2.0 177kW AWD diesel R1 117 300

Jaguar F-PACE Chequered Flag 2.0 184kW AWD petrol R1 125 200

Prices include VAT but exclude CO2 tax.

• All Jaguar vehicles come standard with a 5 Year Care Plan giving peace of mind with a 100 000km warranty and servicing within a 5 year period, whichever comes first.

Jaguar F-PACE Range

Every F-PACE features a lightweight, aluminium-intensive construction and driving dynamics that deliver the ideal balance between ride and handling. All-Surface Progress Control enables smooth, effortless traction on low-grip surfaces, while on-demand all-wheel drive and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics deliver optimum performance and capability.

The F-PACE’s high torsional stiffness enables its F-TYPE-derived double wishbone front- and Integral Link rear suspension to deliver a truly rewarding driving experience. Torque Vectoring and an Electric Power Assisted Steering system – both standard – further enhance agility and response.

The Jaguar F-PACE achieved double success at the 2017 World Car Awards, scooping the prestigious World Car of Year and World Car Design of the Year titles.

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All-electric and personalised urban transport

Premium all-electric chauffeur service launches in London

• Havn launches premium chauffeur service across London with a fleet of all-electric Jaguar I-PACEs

• Each Havn ride tailored in advance with options such as playlist, temperature, and chauffeur interaction

• First class hospitality with a customer approval rating of 4.8/5

• Offers sustainable transport without compromising on luxury

• Havn launch follows successful 29,000km trial phase

Pretoria, 28 February 2020 – A new all-electric premium chauffeur service called Havn launched this week in London with a fleet of all-electric Jaguar I-PACE performance SUVs. Each ride can be tailored to the preferences of the passenger with options such as playlist, temperature, and chauffeur interaction all customisable ahead of your journey via the iOS and Android app or an online booking portal.

All Havn drivers are carefully selected, full-time employees of the company who will undertake a rigorous training programme, arming them with the skills to deliver Havn’s customer-focused experience. This is reflected in the official app’s approval rating of 4.8/5, which to date has been downloaded over 5,500 times.

Havn offers customers, an all-electric and totally personalised type of urban transport with no compromise on comfort and style that is unique to London. The company has clocked up almost 29,000km in trials since September 2019.

Havn is backed by InMotion, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital and mobility services arm, which is committed to investing in innovative new technologies for an autonomous, electrified, connected and shared mobility future. All this is helping to deliver Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero vision, a future underlined by zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.

Since the trial phase in September, the fleet of Jaguar I-PACEs has grown thanks to demand from individuals and customers of premium businesses and corporate travel. Luxury hotels in London using the service allow guests to request a vehicle from the concierge and be picked up at the door.

The push for businesses to search out more eco-friendly alternatives is reflected in a recent report* which found that 66 per cent of UK companies plan to improve internal environmental -related practices to make them more sustainable by 2021.

Joseph Seal-Driver, Managing Director of Havn, said: “The decision to use the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, the 2019 World Car of the Year, allows us to offer our customers a sustainable premium alternative – urban mobility with zero emissions.

“In just four months we have proved there is a significant appetite from customers who want sustainable transport without compromising on luxury, we’re seeing a fantastic response from businesses who want to improve their corporate travel.”

For further information, please visit https://www.ridehavn.com/

* https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/ready-and-enabled/sustainability/increasing-spend/

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PROJECT VECTOR – Developing tomorrow’s mobility, today

JAGUAR LAND ROVER UNVEILS FUTURE OF URBAN MOBILITY

● Bold new concept vehicle as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero mission

● Project Vector ‘autonomy-ready’ platform offers solution to today’s urban mobility challenges with unparalleled interior space and flexibility in vehicle configuration

● Jaguar Land Rover’s vision integrates Project Vector concept platform into future smart city infrastructures, delivering services for private and shared mobility needs

● On-road pilot programme in Coventry planned from 2021

National Automotive Innovation Centre, Coventry 18th February 2020: Jaguar Land Rover has today unveiled the bold new concept vehicle, Project Vector, as part of the company’s Destination Zero journey, offering its vision of an autonomous, electric, connected future for urban mobility.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero mission is an ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner. Delivered through relentless innovation, the company’s focus is on achieving a future of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion – through its products, services and across its facilities.

As the next stage of that journey, the Project Vector concept showcases an advanced, flexible, multi-use electric vehicle that is ‘autonomy-ready’.

At the reveal, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, Prof Sir Ralf Speth, commented: “Jaguar Land Rover understands the trends shaping modern societies. Project Vector shows Jaguar Land Rover as a leader in innovation to make our societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner. Through this project, we are collaborating with the brightest minds in academia, supply chain and digital services, to create connected, integrated mobility systems – the fundamental building blocks for Destination Zero. Project Vector is precisely the brave and innovative leap forward needed to deliver on our mission.”

The compact, flexible vehicle concept measures just four metres in length and is designed for the city, packaging all its battery and drivetrain components into a flat floor, to allow a variety of uses. The revolutionary interior cabin space allows seating configurations for private, or shared use and even the opportunity for commercial applications, such as last mile deliveries.

Project Vector concept has been created with the mission to raise the quality of future urban living.

It has been developed at the National Automotive Innovation Centre to gain the advantages of working with agility and close collaboration with academic and external partners. It will also address the wider landscape of mobility, from how customers connect with mobility services, to the infrastructure required to enable fully integrated, autonomous vehicles in our cities.

Dr. Tim Leverton, Project Director said: “The megatrends of urbanisation and digitalisation make connected urban mobility systems necessary and inevitable. Shared and private vehicles will share spaces with and be connected to public transit networks, so you can travel on demand and autonomously. That is a complex task, best achieved by working together with partners across the spectrum of vehicles, infrastructure and the digital world.

“With the technology and engineering power of Jaguar Land Rover, we can provide a unique opportunity for innovators to develop highly-functional urban mobility services, seamlessly integrated into everyday life.

“Future urban travel will be a composite of owned and shared vehicles, access to ride hailing and on-demand services as well as public transport. Our vision shows the vehicle as a flexible part of the urban mobility network that can be adapted for different purposes.”

The intention is to collaborate with Coventry City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority to plan a mobility service from late 2021, as a living laboratory for future mobility on the streets of Coventry.

Professor Dr Gero Kempf, Chief Engineer said: “It’s also a unique opportunity – a concept platform designed and engineered around urban centric use cases by a major car maker as a blank canvas, for developing tailored services and apps in the ecosystem of a smart city.”

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2021 F-Type: Your neighbours will thank you

Updated Jaguar F-Type Tames Some of its Roar

Along with minor styling tweaks for 2021, the F-Type R now boasts 575 horsepower. It also has a Quiet Start mode. Your neighbors will thank you.

By Ezra Dyer, Road & Track Feb 10, 2020

The Jaguar F-type has always been a little bit of an enigma. Most people agree it's a beautiful car, but it competes with the memories of its predecessors more than it does any modern car out there right now.

Consider the least expensive F-type, the $62,625 P300 coupe: Perhaps car buyers aren't always rational actors—if they were, Honda would sell 5 million Accords per year—but at that price, you'd have to be a pretty committed Anglophile to go for the four-cylinder Jag over a Chevy Corvette C8 or a Toyota Supra.

The more robust flavors of F-type face the same problem. The V-8-powered R model is up against the Porsche 911, not to mention the 760-hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. And the 380-hp V-6 R-Dynamic competes against . . . well, we're not sure. Cosmetic surgery? A trip to Antarctica? Cosmetic surgery in Antarctica? Anyway, for 2021, Jaguar knocked $5500 off the price of that one.

More Power, Less Noise

There are other changes, mostly minor, to this Jaguar. A new 12.3-inch display in the instrument cluster is the highlight of the interior tweaks. Aesthetically, both the F-type coupe and convertible still cut a clean, pretty shape; there's not much to change without messing it up. Jaguar reskinned the front end with narrow horizontal LED headlights flanking a bigger grille and a hood with repositioned vents.

But the other visual changes are mostly the stuff of spot-the-difference illustrations on a kids' menu: "Dad, the 2021's taillights have a squared-off accent and the 2020's have a round one!" "Okay, good catch, Timmy. Now eat your chicky nuggies."

HIGHS: Tastefully restyled, V-8 models are properly quick, less obnoxious exhaust sound.

Mechanical upgrades are likewise subtle, with the R model getting the most attention. A 25-hp bump, to 575 horsepower, means that the R now matches the output of the old SVR, which is gone (for now). Jaguar also finessed the suspension and steering, with an emphasis on improving feel. New rear suspension uprights, ball joints, and wheel bearings increase wheel camber and toe stiffness, helping to better control the tires’ contact with the road.

Those tires, Pirelli P Zeros, are now wider by 10 millimeters both front and rear (to 265 and 305, respectively). With standard all-wheel drive and the ubiquitous ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, the updated F-type R coupe should run to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, quicker than the last one we tested.

We drove the revised F-type in Portugal, where the roads were great but the weather wasn't. The route from Porto to Lisbon presented nary a patch of dry pavement and more than a few incautious sheep wandering out of the fog. So, we can't really say how Jag's revisions affect the handling when you're pushing hard.

LOWS: Few meaningful interior updates, no manual offered, less obnoxious exhaust sound.

We can say, however, that the V-8's retuned exhaust is much more aurally subdued. On overrun, the outgoing V-8 cars always sounded like someone tossed a string of firecrackers into a drainage culvert—fun till the cops show up. There's still a snarl when you back off the throttle, but you no longer expect the exhaust to leave a trail of lightly smoldering shrubs in your wake. There's even a Quiet Start mode, so you can turn on the car without becoming the 575-hp rooster of your neighborhood. Dig deep enough into the throttle, though, and the pipes will open up regardless of the mode.

A Tamer Cat The four-cylinder F-type, dubbed P300, doesn't need a Quiet Start mode.

For that model, Jag pumps in extra sound through the stereo speakers. At least it's honest fakery. Unlike sound-augmentation systems that remix the engine note, Jaguar engineers recorded the 296-hp 2.0-liter inline-four's soundtrack and amplified it; that's what you're hearing through the speakers. In the music industry, this is what's known as a backing track.

Jaguar didn't have any V-6 models in Portugal for us, but the four-cylinder F-type is a pleasant surprise, reasonably quick, and roughly 450 pounds lighter than the R. Jaguar says the P300 actually is slightly quicker than the old 340-hp V-6 model (named P340) with the manual transmission, which is probably one reason why the row-your-own F-type was discontinued after 2019. The P340 model is a goner, too. All V-6s are now in the 380-hp flavor and come with standard all-wheel drive.

With Jaguar moving toward electrification—the next XJ flagship will be electric only—it feels as though the F-type got just enough of a refresh to carry it through until a total rethinking. Yeah, it's quieter. Maybe we'd better get used to that.


Jaguar XE: Straying from the norm can be rewarding in its own way.

2020 Jaguar XE review: Thinking outside the box

Germany may have the lock on the compact luxury sedan market, but straying from the norm can be rewarding in its own way.

Andrew Krok, Roadshow February 11, 2020

Sure, you might not have the exact same object of aspiration that your neighbors also have on their driveway, but iconoclasm has its benefits.

Like

Drives great

Looks sharp

Ample standard safety systems

Don't Like

Lags behind competition in output

So-so transmission

Options get expensive

Hit the road, Jag

Even though these compact luxury cars are generally pretty good at everything, automakers can still choose to highlight important attributes. Jaguar takes a page from the same book as BMW when it comes to the 2020 XE, because its driving dynamics are placed front and center, and to good effect.

The XE's ride quality is on the stiff side; the first pothole or expansion joint will let you know that coddling is not in the car's dictionary, some of which is likely due to the Pirelli Sottozero winter tires wrapped around larger (albeit optional) 20-inch wheels. Some sidewall would go a long way here, so perhaps sticking with the stock 19s is a good idea.

My tester's optional adaptive dampers don't provide for the smoothest ride in the segment, but chuck this four-door into a corner and the suspension will keep things nice and flat. The ride isn't harsh, it's just communicative, and it does settle into a smoother groove on long, flat stretches of expressway. Combine that with direct, nicely weighted steering and you've got the makings of a properly fun sedan.

My tester rocks the XE's most powerful engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 producing 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The four-pot's note isn't my favorite, but it's far better than the tractor-engine sound profile Volvo's S60 is working with. That torque arrives nice and early in the revs, which makes getting up to speed easy and fun.

Trouble is, the XE P300 (as models with this engine are called) is the most powerful XE that Jaguar makes, but its price puts it against vehicles like the BMW M340i, Mercedes-AMG C43 and Audi S4, all of which have outputs between 349 and 385 hp. That's an awfully large gulf for cars that start around the same price. Let's hope Jaguar has something perkier in the works, like another XE S.

Every XE comes with the same transmission: an eight-speed automatic. While it upshifts quickly in Sport mode, the gearbox doesn't have the sharpness that I've experienced from competitors' transmissions. There's also the issue of the manual shifting option, where the response is slow, making for a less engaging experience than I'd prefer, especially when Jaguar highlights the car's dynamics so well in other ways.

Another sticking point for me is the brakes. While the $1,315 Dynamic Handling Pack upgrade includes red brake calipers, the stoppers themselves are the same size across the lineup. The brakes have no trouble bringing the car to a halt in a hurry, but man, that pedal is one grabby son of a gun. Smooth stops are a little tricky.

Having a lower output than the competition means having a little more thrift. The EPA rates the Jaguar XE P300 at 22 miles per gallon city and 30 mpg highway. That's a couple ticks ahead of both the Mercedes-AMG C43 and Audi S4, and it's tied with the BMW M340i.

Cat suit

I wasn't really sold on the pre-refresh Jaguar XE -- I think it's because the large taillights immediately gave the car an aged look, when everyone else was going slimmer. Either way, my qualms have been ironed out for the 2020 model year thanks to a visual redo that slims the lights, widens the grille and tweaks the bumpers. Jaguar's sedans look pretty sharp now, which makes it an even bigger bummer that they aren't as ubiquitous as the BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The XE might lack the visual punch of something like the Alfa Romeo Giulia, but it's still a looker.

Inside, Jaguar placed an increased focus on materials, and it shows. Of course, my tester is also an exception, wearing the $2,150 Windsor Leather option that covers the seats in some properly buttery hide. But everywhere I touch is nice, from the dashboard to even the carbon fiber trim (which isn't worth $1,100 to me, though). Fans of the electric I-Pace will be happy to see its steering wheel here, complete with a set of proper metal shift paddles. The annoying old rotary shift dial is gone, too; in its place is the far prettier and far more usable shifter from the F-Type.

I really dig the XE's interior aesthetic. At the least, it feels more premium than the plastic-fantastic nature of lower-specced 3 Series.

The XE's refresh also improved its storage situation. The door panels have wider pockets that are still a little on the shallow side, but the glove compartment is ample and the center armrest will hold whatever's in your pockets. The little slot under the HVAC controls houses a wireless charger, and I like that it's tucked away where you can't really see the screen -- safety first, folks.

The second row is a little tight for taller passengers. Headroom is at a premium, and while I wasn't scraping my 6-foot frame against the headliner, I was close. The legroom isn't exactly anything to write home about, either, with a small footwell and seatbacks that brush my knees. The middle seat's visible hump isn't what I'd call comfortable to sit on, so try to stick with two abreast in the back if you can. The XE's trunk is also tight, with its 12.1-cubic-foot capacity lagging behind the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4.

 

The 2020 XE picks up JLR's latest InControl infotainment system

Flashy tech

Jaguar Land Rover's in-car tech has been hit-or-miss in the last several years, with many iterations erring toward a miss. However, things appear to be on the upswing now. The 2020 XE picks up JLR's latest InControl infotainment system. It looks slicker and it responds faster than before, eliminating two sizable concerns from previous getups, but it still takes quite a while before it's ready to go each morning, placing precious seconds between starting the car in the cold and getting those heated seats fired up.

My tester one-ups the standard system with a $1,950 upgrade that adds InControl Touch Pro Duo. While standard XEs have basic physical HVAC controls, this option replaces it with another touchscreen and a pair of dials that also contain displays. It looks flashy as hell, and it's easy to get used to, but people who crave real buttons will be let down. The package also adds wireless device charging and a 12.3-inch gauge display that's great for highlighting pertinent information with minimal distraction, whether it's a full map or just standard vehicle info like fuel economy.

Standard safety is the name of the game in the automotive industry these days, and Jaguar is making sure to keep pace. The 2020 XE comes standard with automatic emergency braking, parking sensors and lane-keeping assist. Throw down another $1,700 and you can add adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring to the mix. My tester also includes a rearview mirror that can show a feed from the backup camera -- it's not the newest tech on the block, nor is it the most useful in a small sedan not suffering from visibility issues, but it's still neat.

How I'd spec it

The Jaguar XE starts out affordable at $46,295, but my tester has almost every option imaginable, sending its price to a near-ludicrous $63,375.

I'll save some money right off the bat by sticking with a free paint color and the stock 19-inch wheels, which should improve the ride quality a smidge.

The Black Exterior pack eliminates the outside chrome for $375 and is a must-have in my book.

The $2,150 Windsor Leather option feels worth it, especially since it also includes 16-way seats with heat and ventilation.

$250 adds heat to the steering wheel, and the $800 Meridian surround-sound system provides a lot of aural bang for your buck.

Throw in the aforementioned $1,950 Touch Pro Duo upgrade and $1,365 for the connected-navigation package that adds traffic-sign recognition that works with the adaptive cruise control, and that's about where I'd stop.

That puts my out-the-door price at $54,180 including destination, which is much more palatable.

Down to brass tacks

There's a whole lot of interesting metal in this segment. The XE P300 might lack the punch of the Audi S4, BMW M340i or Mercedes-AMG C43, but its fuel economy is better than most of 'em. But only the Audi S4 can match the XE P300's base price -- the Bimmer and Merc require almost $10,000 more to get started. The BMW is probably the best point of comparison from a driver's perspective, while the Mercedes errs more toward luxury. Oh, and the C43's ride is absolutely terrible -- that's worth mentioning, too.

Even though Jaguar sedans are getting harder to find on the road with every passing day, I still think the XE is absolutely worth your time. It looks and fits like a well-tailored suit, it's properly fun to drive and even the tech is pretty impressive. Break down the walls of tradition and try something new for once.

Specs

Engine: Turbocharged, 4 Cylinder Engine

Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive

MPG: 28 MPG

Passenger Capacity: 5

Body Type: Sedans


The seat flexes to imitate a walking motion

Jaguar Land Rover’s new shape-shifting seat of the future makes you think you’re walking

• Pioneering technology could help reduce the health risks caused by sitting down too long

• ‘Morphable’ seat system continually adjusts to optimise customer wellbeing on long journeys

• Micro-adjustments made by series of actuators in seat foam simulate the rhythm of walking

• Research forms part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to make societies safer and healthier

Pretoria, 16 January 2020 – Jaguar Land Rover is developing the seat of the future - a pioneering shape-shifting system designed to improve customer wellbeing by tackling the health risks of sitting down for too long.

The ‘morphable’ seat, being trialled by Jaguar Land Rover’s Body Interiors Research division, uses a series of actuators in the seat foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make your brain think you’re walking, and could be individually tailored to each driver and passenger.

More than a quarter of people worldwide – 1.4 billion – are living increasingly sedentary lifestyles*, which can shorten muscles in the legs, hips and gluteals causing back pain. The weakened muscles also mean you are more likely to injure yourself from falls or strains.

By simulating the rhythm of walking, a movement known as pelvic oscillation, the technology can help mitigate against the health risks of sitting down for too long on extended journeys with some drivers doing hundreds of kilometres per week.

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: “The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects. We are using our engineering expertise to develop the seat of the future using innovative technologies not seen before in the automotive industry to help tackle an issue that affects people across the globe.”

Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles already feature the latest in ergonomic seat design, with multi-directional adjustments, massage functions and climate control fitted across the range. Dr Iley has also issued advice on how to adjust your seat to ensure the perfect driving position, from removing bulky items in your pocket, to shoulder positioning and from ensuring your spine and pelvis are straight to supporting your thighs to reduce pressure points. View the video here.

The research is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to continually improving customer wellbeing through technological innovation. Previous projects have included research to reduce the effects of motion sickness and the implementation of ultraviolet light technology to stop the spread of colds and flu.

Together, these efforts are driving towards Destination Zero; Jaguar Land Rover’s ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner – a responsible future for our workers, customers and communities around us. Through relentless innovation, Jaguar Land Rover is adapting product and services to meet the rapidly-changing world.

* World Health Organisation (WHO)

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F-Pace SVR: Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful SUV

Jaguar F-PACE SVR - 5 fast facts

Pretoria, 13 January 2020 – Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful SUV is so much more than just an F-PACE with a V8 Supercharged engine under the bonnet. Every aspect of the F-PACE SVR has been tweaked and tuned to enhance performance for maximum driver reward in all conditions.

Here’s a list of five items which allow this special vehicle to live up to the promise of both the F-PACE and SVR names:

Aero is everything

Aside from the very visible aerodynamic additions including extraction vents finished in Technical Grey on the bonnet and front fenders, the F-PACE SVR also features some hidden items to help air flow more efficiently at high speed. Just behind all four wheels, at the bottom of the vehicle in the sills and rear bumper, are shark gill-like extractors which duct turbulent air out of the wheel housings. Managing air flow at speeds above 200km/h is crucial to a high performance vehicle’s stability, cooling and slipperiness through the air.

Slow the go

As any racing driver will tell you, “the go is nothing without the slow”. Brakes are every bit as important as engine power on the track or on the street to help shed incredibly high speeds safely. Behind the F-PACE SVR’s 21- and optional 22-inch alloy wheels are uprated brakes with two-piece discs enlarged to 395mm in the front and 396mm in the rear. These enable the SUV to decelerate as impressively as it accelerates.

Stay put

With uprated dampers, stiffened spring rates and stronger anti-roll bars contributing to outstanding cornering abilities, it’s vital that a driver and passengers are kept in place by supportive seat designs.

The F-PACE SVR is equipped with slimline performance seats shaped to provide enhanced lateral support at the front, and the design is echoed at the back to keep rear passengers in securely in place as well. All seats feature signature diamond-shaped lozenge quilting with precision perforations and contrast stitching, as well as embossed SVR logos on all four headrests.

The growl

A charismatic soundtrack is a requisite for any SVR and the F-PACE certainly doesn’t disappoint in this department. Its V8 Supercharged engine breathes through a Variable Valve Active Exhaust System with four stainless steel tips existing through the rear bumper. The signature roar comes courtesy of reduced backpressure and increased gas flow, and to top it off the full system is 6.6kg lighter than that of a standard F-PACE SUV.

Motorvation

Like the flagship F-TYPE sports car which inspires it, the F-PACE SVR also gets its power from a thumping 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged engine. With 405kW at its disposal the SUV dismisses 100km/h in an astonishing 4.3 seconds and can romp to a top speed of 283km/h. A twin Vortex supercharger nestled in the engine’s vee feeds boost into eight cylinder chambers to produce a hefty 680Nm of maximum torque, which is driven through an 8-speed Quickshift automatic transmission and finally to all four wheels.

• The F-PACE SVR is available in South Africa now with prices starting from R1,552,500 including Jaguar’s standard 5 year/100,000km maintenance plan and warranty.

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Jaguar could sell this as a practical F-Type

2021 Jaguar F-Type looks dreamy as shooting brake

By Anthony Alaniz, Motor1.com on 26 December 2019

Earlier this month (December), Jaguar updated the F-Type, its stylish two-door sports car, for the 2021 model year. It wasn’t a complete redesign. Instead, the automaker refreshed the car’s exterior bodywork, improved interior ergonomics, and rejiggered the top-tier car’s powertrains. X-Tomi Design decided to take the car’s new look and extend the coupe’s roof, turning the new F-Type into a gorgeous shooting brake.

The F-Type’s new styling makes the car look longer and lower than before, and the longer roof helps accentuate those proportions. One change Jaguar made to the car’s styling is reorienting the headlights horizontally. Before, Jaguar positioned them vertically along the front, reaching over the front wheels. The horizontal headlights widen the front-end design. We can’t see the Jaguar’s rear-end design, though changes are far subtler at the rear compared to the car’s previous design.

The F-Type shooting brake, if Jaguar were ever to make such a creation, which it won’t, would gain a lot of functionality with the taller roof – the cargo space could be cavernous. The longer roof also doesn’t hinder the F-Type’s smoothed design, especially over the rear wheel arches.

With the redesign, Jaguar tweaked the powertrain lineup. While the turbocharged 2.0-litre and supercharged V6 carry over unchanged, the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 saw improvements. With the SVR model tossed in the dustbin of history, the range-topping F-Type R now makes 575 bhp (429 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-metres) of torque. It’s capable of rocketing the Jaguar to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) in 3.5 seconds. A shooting brake would be a few tenths slower with the added weight.

A Jaguar F-Type shooting brake is unlikely to happen. For one, the business case for such a model is thin, and it would sell in limited quantities just like the current F-Type coupe and F-Type convertible. If anything, the Jaguar F-Type shooting brake is nothing but a tease.


Plan journeys with with ease using a live map to locate available public charging stations nationwide.

Jaguar and GridCars launch live EV charge station map

• EV and PHEV drivers can now locate and view the current statuses of South Africa’s public charging stations online

• Live maps make daily and long-distance journey planning easy

• Access the live map on Jaguar South Africa’s website HERE

Pretoria, 9 December 2019 – Drivers of fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles can now plan their journeys with ease using a live map to locate available public charging stations nationwide.

The live map displays the entire network of Jaguar Powerway and GridCars supported public charging stations, and indicates the current status of each including if it’s online, offline or in use. The map also shows the time and date of the station’s last successful use, as well as a tally of that particular station’s total charge sessions to date.

Information about each charge station’s exact location with either map pin drops or GPS coordinates is also available.

Brian Hastie, Network Development Director, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa, said: “While the primary charging habit for the majority of EV drivers will be at home where it’s most convenient and cost-effective, we know that the future of electric mobility ultimately relies on a public charging network. As the rollout of public charging stations intensifies and the dots between existing locations are connected, it’s vital that EV drivers are able to view the status of chargers remotely. This live map makes that possible.”

Jaguar South Africa began the rollout of its Powerway network of public charging stations late in 2018. The Powerway includes public charging stations along frequently traveled holiday routes along the N1, N2 and N3, and at various points of convenience, such as shopping centres, in the country’s major hubs including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Bloemfontein.

The Powerway network also includes publicly available chargers in customer parking areas at every Jaguar Land Rover retailer in South Africa.

The majority of charging stations on the network are 60kWh fast chargers which also feature 22kWh AC fast charge ports to accommodate plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). The AC standard Type 2 socket will allow charging of all EVs currently available in South Africa, while the DC charger is fitted with the CCS DC type socket used by the vast majority of EVs in SA.

The R30-million Jaguar Powerway investment, combined with the network of GridCars-supported public chargers, makes day-to-day travel as well as longer day trips and even very long journeys possible for owners of electric vehicles.

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Jaguar is inviting customers to have the complimentary software update installed at retailers

FROM RACE TO ROAD: JAGUAR ENHANCES ITS AWARD-WINNING I-PACE WITH KNOWLEDGE GAINED FROM THE RACE TRACK

• Jaguar has taken technical knowledge gained from the I-PACE eTROPHY race series to develop a range-boosting software upgrade for I-PACE customers

• Changes to the all-electric model will improve battery performance and deliver up to 20km of additional real-world range on a full charge

• Race-derived enhancements are delivered through optimisation of battery management, thermal systems and all-wheel drive torque improvements

• Jaguar is inviting customers to have the complimentary software update installed at retailers

• The update will also add enhanced Software-Over-The-Air functionality

• The Jaguar I-PACE is available to order now, priced from £60,995

09 December 2019: Jaguar is giving I-PACE customers a complimentary update for the award-winning all-electric model that will provide increased real-world range. Engineers have applied advanced technical insights from the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race series to optimise the management of battery, thermal and AWD systems to enhance the efficiency of the all-electric powertrain.

Last year, Jaguar established the I-PACE eTROPHY series – the world’s first all-electric production based international race series – reinforcing its commitment to electric racing whilst leveraging technical expertise to develop future electric road cars as part of its ‘Race to Innovate’ mission. The series puts the all-electric SUV through extreme use conditions and the first competitive season yielded critical learnings for the durability and thermal control of the battery and torque management systems.

In a continual quest to enhance customer experience, Jaguar engineers have also analysed data from more than 50 million miles of real-world journeys from all corners of the world. Every element of the vehicle’s performance is scrutinised to leverage the optimum performance of the systems and maximise efficiency.

Stephen Boulter, I-PACE Vehicle Engineering Manager, said: “The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY has generated a huge amount of data for us to analyse and those marginal gains, derived from competition on the track, are now being applied to customers’ cars to further enhance their driving experience. The new software updates optimise the powertrain control systems to improve efficiency and allow I-PACE drivers to travel even further on a single charge without any hardware changes – it really is a case of the vehicle getting better with age.”

The all-wheel drive I-PACE is Jaguar’s first full battery-electric vehicle and has a range of up to 292 miles from a single charge of its 90kWh Lithium-ion battery (WLTP cycle). While the new software upgrade doesn’t change the official certified range figure, the marginal gains developed from eTROPHY analysis will give customers access to an improvement of up to eight per cent dependent on usage – equating to a potential extra 12 miles of real-world range.

The changes derived from the eTROPHY race series include:

• All-Wheel Drive: Changes to the torque distribution between the front and rear motors will deliver greater efficiency when driving in ECO mode – the system still delivers permanent AWD traction

• Temperature control: Refinements to thermal management control will make greater use of the active radiator vane system, closing the vanes more frequently to enhance aerodynamic performance more of the time

• Battery Capacity: Updates allow the battery to run to a lower state of charge than previously without affecting driveability, durability or performance Additional changes derived from real-world data analysis include:

• Regenerative Braking: The vehicle’s brakes will harvest energy more efficiently when the battery is in a high state of charge and the amount of energy recovery has been increased at lower driving speeds to maximise efficiency and range

• Range calculation: Changes to the predictive range calculation algorithm will deliver a more accurate and consistent estimate of vehicle range, while being more reflective of an individual’s driving style.

Customers are being invited to take vehicles to their Jaguar Retailer to receive the complimentary update. The wide-ranging changes will also enable enhanced Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) functionality. After receiving the latest software, more electronic modules will be able to receive remote updates, providing ongoing enhancements to the customer experience.

The I-PACE’s state-of-the-art 90kWh Lithium-ion battery offers sports car performance of 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds alongside the practicality of a maximum 292 mile range (WLTP cycle) and 0-80 per cent charging time of 40 minutes (100kW DC). Home charging with an AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over 10 hours.

The Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV is Jaguar’s first all-electric model and priced from £60,995 in the UK.

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Dedicated specialists are available by simply pushing the bCall button in the I-PACE’s overhead console

Jaguar gives I-PACE drivers an on-board product genius - available at the push of a button

• New I-Assistance service allows I-PACE drivers to get the most out of their vehicle by answering questions on demand

• Dedicated specialists are available by simply pushing the bCall button in the I-PACE’s overhead console

• I-Assistance is available free for all Jaguar I-PACE customers

Pretoria, 12 December 2019 – Jaguar I-PACE drivers in South Africa now have access to an on-board product genius who can answer technical questions about the electric vehicle’s many features and systems. The new I-Assistance service makes a team of dedicated EV specialists available at the push of a button.

Sharnie Malan, Customer Service Director, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa, said: “Flipping through hundreds of pages of a car’s owner’s manual is never fun. The new I-Assistance service makes finding out about an I-PACE’s many features so much simpler. Just push the bCall button and speak to an actual person who knows all about the car’s functionality in nitty-gritty detail.”

All Jaguars come standard with a bCall button in the overhead console which puts drivers in contact with a help centre, but for I-PACE owners the button will make direct contact with a specialist familiar with the EV’s many features and functions.

Drivers can ask about anything from tech features such as cruise control or the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, to electrification-specific information such as where the nearest public charger is located and how to adapt driving styles to increase range.

The I-Assistance service is available free for all existing and future Jaguar I-PACE customers in South Africa.

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‘RoboYogi’ tests ensure paint can withstand scratches from dog claws

Jaguar Land Rover’s 3D-printed paw ensures new cars are top dog

• Jaguar Land Rover has 3D-printed a dog paw for use in durability tests

• Yogi the Labrador was the canine supervisor for the unique project

• ‘RoboYogi’ tests ensure paint can withstand scratches from dog claws

• Results show New Land Rover Defender bumper can last more than a decade in the great outdoors

Pretoria, 10 December 2019 – Jaguar Land Rover has developed a unique 3D-printed dog paw to help engineers assess the durability of future cars – with a little help from Yogi the Labrador and the new Land Rover Defender.

The ‘RoboYogi’ paw was used to test the rear bumper’s ability to withstand a dog’s claws scraping the paint before and after dog walks, with results showing it can withstand more than a decade of use by dogs – highlighting how Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles are designed to meet the demands of owners’ lifestyles.

Yogi the Labrador, a resident at the National Guide Dog Breeding Centre, was tasked with jumping in and out of the new Land Rover Defender boot, with every step recorded by pressure mapping technology. The data allowed the team to benchmark this real-world outdoor scenario against ‘RoboYogi’; from how a mid-sized dog clambers in and out, to the pressure applied by the claws and the pads on its feet.

Nine-year-old Yogi’s paw was then used to model and 3D-print a spring-loaded replica, allowing the claws to follow contours and apply pressure evenly across the bumper. Spring-loaded claws also proved a cost-effective solution as they are easily replaceable.

The life-like paw is now used by Jaguar Land Rover to complete a standard 5,000 cycle abrasion test; during which ‘RoboYogi’ scratches the panel at random ten times followed by a linear scratch to one side, before repeating the process.

The new Land Rover Defender proved to be the ideal testbed because of its iconic side-hinged door featuring a flat rear bumper for dogs to climb onto, compared to the more traditional split tailgate or rounded boot opening on other Land Rover models. The new method was developed collaboratively across Jaguar Land Rover by experts in Materials Engineering team, working with the Additive Manufacturing and Robotic Engineering teams.

Julie Nicholls, Senior Engineer in Materials Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, explains: “Our performance testing covers plenty of scenarios that our cosmetic parts are exposed to, but sometimes we have to think outside the laboratory to come up with bespoke solutions. Creating globally renowned vehicles means applying a quality mindset at every stage of a product’s lifecycle to ensure we meet the needs of our customers’ lifestyles. In this case we were able to achieve it by getting a dog, printing a paw and using a robot.”

Prioritising the comfort and safety of our furry friends is a well-trodden path for Land Rover, which offers a range of Pet Packs on the Discovery, including a full height luggage partition, a loadspace rubber mat, and loadspace liner tray.

Suzanne Boggan, Dog Care and Welfare Supervisor from the National Guide Dog Breeding Centre, said: “Whether you are the proud owner of a pet dog or – as is the case with our dogs – they play an even more vital working role, we recognise the importance of working with responsible manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover to ensure vehicles are fit to carry animals safely. We were delighted Yogi could lend a paw to the engineers – we hope it will help more design teams make future models easier for our canine companions to get in and out of.”

The Jaguar Land Rover Additive Manufacturing Centre produces more than 80,000 parts a year for a variety of applications, including functional prototyping, design mock-ups and manufacturing assembly aids and fixtures. Jaguar Land Rover is also able to 3D print parts for production cars with the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 – the most extreme performance Jaguar ever – one of the first to use them.

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The new Jaguar F-TYPE

• F-TYPE evolves into a purer, more sculpted and assertive expression of the definitive Jaguar sports car

• Luxurious materials, exacting craftsmanship and beautiful detailing define the driver-focused interior

• New 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster, enhanced Meridian audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enrich the driving experience

• F-TYPE R gains 423kW supercharged V8 for 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds and an uprated chassis with new springs, dampers, anti-roll bars and rear knuckles

• Quickshift transmission meticulously recalibrated to offer even faster, crisper gear changes using learning from the 320km/h Jaguar XE SV Project 8

• First Edition with Exterior Design Pack, Black Contrast Roof, unique 20-inch wheels, and 12-way Windsor Leather Performance Seats with Monogram stitch

• Watch the global reveal film and a first look at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQwEDprsYog&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwaFPndM_wU

Pretoria, 2 December 2019 – The new Jaguar F-TYPE looks more beautiful than ever and embodies Jaguar design DNA in its purest form. The two-seat sports car offers a perfect balance of performance and driver reward with an even more muscular, assertive design and a cabin defined by rich, luxurious materials and beautiful details.

The range of powerful, responsive engines includes four-, six- and eight-cylinder options, all matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The new F-TYPE also offers more driver-focused technology, including a reconfigurable, high-definition, 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, Touch Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and software-over-the-air functionality so future software updates can be made at the customer’s convenience without having to visit a Retailer. Two superb Meridian sound systems also offer enhanced sound reproduction.

Julian Thomson, Design Director, Jaguar, said: “Design the most beautiful sports car, with purity, proportion and presence that’s unmistakably Jaguar: that was the challenge we set ourselves. The new F-TYPE is more dramatic than ever, with even greater clarity of purpose in every line, surface and feature, and embodies true Jaguar design DNA.

“State-of-the-art technologies together with luxurious materials and finishes deliver beauty with purpose in an interior which will delight driver and passenger alike even before the engine starts and the journey begins. Jaguar has been making sports cars for more than 70 years, and that rich heritage has inspired the team to create something truly extraordinary.”

F-TYPE’s award-winning design has evolved still further with a focus on even greater purity and discipline to the perfectly-sculpted form. Super-slim pixel LED headlights* with subtly updated signature ‘Calligraphy’ J daytime running lights, and sweeping direction indicators, blend perfectly into the ‘liquid metal’ surfacing of the new clamshell bonnet, exaggerating the car’s visual width and accentuating its assertive stance. The new front bumper and subtly enlarged grille deliver even more visual impact and presence.

The rear haunches enhance the F-TYPE’s inherently dramatic, purposeful form, while the new slender rear lights combine an unmistakable LED chicane signature, inspired by the Jaguar I-PACE all-electric Performance SUV, with subtle monogram pattern detailing and a fine ‘pinstripe’ beneath.

The interior combines traditional Jaguar craftsmanship with rich, contemporary materials such as Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome. Beautiful details include monogram stitch patterns in the seats and door trims, Jaguar Leaper motifs in the headrests, and subtle ‘Jaguar Est.1935’ markings on the centre console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides.

The 12.3-inch reconfigurable HD TFT instrument cluster offers a choice of different displays, including full map mode but, as befits a true sports car, the default mode is characterised by the large central rev counter. This feature and the gearshift light subtly convey the F-TYPE’s driver-focused character and performance potential.

Even before the drive begins, the F-TYPE delights the driver with the visual theatre of flush, deployable door handles and deployable air vents. Pressing the start button brings the car to life with its hallmark exhaust flare as purposeful as ever.

All engines – 221kW turbocharged four-cylinder, 280kW supercharged V6 and 423kW V8 – feature active exhaust systems, which are switchable either as an option or as standard. Customers who choose the 423kW supercharged V8 benefit from the new Quiet Start function, which ensures a more subtle, refined sound – the electrically-actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine.

The distinctive crackle and pop on the overrun synonymous with F-TYPE, remains, the sounds meticulously tuned to suit the range of powerful four-,six-, and eight-cylinder engines. Highly efficient, close-coupled particulate filters reduce emissions.

Alan Volkaerts, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar F-TYPE, said: “The new F-TYPE is the definitive Jaguar sports car and continues to set the benchmark for design purity, driver engagement and reward, and a truly visceral driving experience – it makes every journey extraordinary.

“Its timeless looks are more assertive than ever, technologies such as the high-definition virtual instrument cluster deepen the driver-focused feel of the interior, while the range of powertrains offers a breadth of choice unrivalled in the segment. Enthusiasts will appreciate the new F-TYPE R’s 423kW supercharged V8, enhanced chassis and intelligent all-wheel drive system, which deliver truly outstanding performance in all conditions while retaining its inherent tractability and usability.”

Raising the output of the all-wheel drive F-TYPE R’s supercharged V8 to 423kW and 700Nm (up from 405kW and 680Nm respectively) delivers truly outstanding performance in all weathers and in all conditions, while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability. Performance is exceptional: the benchmark sprint to 100km/h takes just 3.7 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically-limited 300km/h.

The F-TYPE R’s increased power is matched to a comprehensively uprated chassis with new, wider, 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels in Gloss Black with diamond-turned finish, and new adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints, delivering even greater agility and responsiveness.

Taking all of the learning accrued from the development of the limited-edition, 320km/h Jaguar XE SV Project 8, the Quickshift transmissions in the new F-TYPE R has been meticulously recalibrated for a more engaging driving experience.

The new F-TYPE R specifically offers even faster, crisper gear changes when the driver commands shifts manually via the steering wheel-mounted paddles or the SportShift gear selector. Both upshifts and downshifts are more immediate and give an even more connected and responsive feel.

Customers also have the choice of the exclusive F-TYPE First Edition. Based on the R-Dynamic models, the First Edition is offered for one model year only, and has refinements such as the Exterior Design Pack in contemporary Dorchester Grey and five-spoke, 20-inch wheels in Gloss Technical Grey with contrast Diamond-Turned finish, complementing the choice of Santorini Black, Eiger Grey or Fuji White paint.

The interior features 12-way Windsor Leather seats in Ebony with Light Oyster stitching, or Mars with Flame Red stitching. Other highlights include the instrument cluster wrapped in Alcantara with Monogram embossing, aluminium gearshift paddles, an Engine Spin centre console finisher with First Edition branding, and an Ebony Suedecloth headliner.

The F-TYPE range will be introduced to sub-Sahara Africa next year and will consist of:

F-TYPE R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible

• 221kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder; Quickshift RWD

* 280kW 3.0-litre V6; Quickshift; RWD

F-TYPE First Edition Coupé and Convertible:

• 280kW 3.0-litre V6; Quickshift; AWD

F-TYPE R Coupé and Convertible:

• 423kW 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift AWD

* Pixel LED headlights are exclusively available on the new F-TYPE R


Jaguar Land Rover invites you to FESTIVE XL

• An extra-large festive experience this season at Jaguar Land Rover EXPERIENCE Johannesburg

• Range of unique and exciting family-friendly events throughout the holiday season

• Activities include a summer weekend festival, festive kitchen theatre evening, family night drives and LEGO holiday fun for young fans

Pretoria, 20 November 2019 – The festive season will go extra-large at Jaguar Land Rover EXPERIENCE Johannesburg, a premium driving destination and lifestyle centre in Lonehill open to the public seven days a week.

The Jaguar Land Rover team has put together a line up of festive events and activities to thrill and entertain fans of all ages. In addition to the variety of test tracks and driving courses available for customers to enjoy, there is a selection of holiday experiences that are sure to delight, including: •

Towing hope: To kick off the season of giving, Jaguar Land Rover will tow an extra-large Hope Box to EXPERIENCE Johannesburg on 21 November. This Hope Box will be on site to receive charitable donations such as second-hand toys, clothes and books throughout the FESTIVE XL period. Feel free to pop in and drop off any charitable goods including toys, blankets, non-perishable foodstuffs and educational items such as books and stationary. EXPERIENCE Johannesburg will be open from 8am to 5pm daily to accept any donations.

• Summer festival: The festive cheer starts with the Jaguar Land Rover Summer Festival on 23 and 24 November. Promising fun for the whole family, the festival includes drive experiences in the Adventure Park, Kingsley Holgate Expedition Trail, Dynamic Steering Circle and Dynamic Handling Platform, plus large inflatable jumping castles, live music, kids candy play zone and extra-large family desserts at the TLC On the Track restaurant. On the night of the 23rd, enjoy a sunset concert with Tamara Dey and the lighting of the centre’s festive tree. Tickets are R80 per adult and kids under 16 enter free.

• Festive food theatre: On 28 November, SA MasterChef judge Benny Masekwameng will show guests how to create the perfect festive feast. Fans can enjoy a dinner and drive with a special gift. For R850 per person guests will complete a 30-minute Adventure Park drive at 5pm followed by sundowners on the balcony. The cooking demo will take place at 6.30pm followed by a three-course gourmet meal. An option to enjoy the dinner only is also available for R450 per person. Go to Quicket.co.za to buy your tickets.

• Listen Live: Radio station HOT 91.9FM will keep listeners updated on all activities, and from 2 December will give away Jaguar Land Rover prizes including branded goods, 90-minute and half day Experiences, and TLC on the Track restaurant vouchers.

• Night drives: To keep the celebrations going, EXPERIENCE Johannesburg will host a number of night drives through the lit Kingsley Holgate Trail from 9 to 15 December. Kids will be encouraged to spot XL animals which will be placed in the bush. The kids’ Defender track will also be lit for the youngsters to test their offroad driving skills in quarter scale electric Defenders. Tickets are R1000 and include the night drive and a family dinner for up to five people at TLC On the Track restaurant.

• Holiday LEGO fun: From 4 to 16 December various LEGO figurines and city scapes will be on display throughout the EXPERIENCE Johannesburg centre. Activity areas will include a LEGO pit, DUPLO corner and the LEGO Defender track. Kids can join in the LEGO fun through the daily programme with craft workshops, speed builds, races and a mini obstacle course. This is all compliments of Jaguar and Land Rover to spoil our young fans while Mom can catch her breath this holiday season.

• Black Friday sale: No festive experience would be complete without a Black Friday sale. Enjoy discounted prices on the Jaguar and Land Rover Lifestyle Collections, accessories and kids toys on 29 and 30 November, 2019.

For that extra special, memorable family experience that is sure to stand out this festive season, head to Jaguar Land Rover EXPERIENCE Johannesburg, situated at 1 Capricorn Drive, Lonehill. Listen to Hot 91.9FM for more information and giveaways, or visit https://www.landrover.co.za/experience/experience-johannesburg.html

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Driver condition monitor is fitted as standard on E-Pace and across the Jaguar range

JAGUAR TECHNOLOGY IS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR DRIVERS

• Jaguar’s Driver Condition Monitor technology reacts to the tell-tale signs of a drowsy driver and is standard across the Jaguar range

• By continuously calculating thousands of data points, the technology provides an early warning which encourages a driver who displays signs of drowsiness to take a break

• 1 in 8 UK drivers admit to falling asleep at the wheel, research shows*

• 25 percent of fatal accidents are caused by drivers who have fallen asleep**

• Findings also revealed that nearly 37% of drivers have been so tired they have been scared of falling asleep when driving*

• Watch the Driver Condition Monitor film, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Asw92Qf06Y&feature=youtu.be

Tuesday 19th November 2019, Whitley, UK: From long working hours to daily school runs and the potentially stressful commute, Jaguar understands life for many is busier than ever. We’re so busy that 1 in 8 UK drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel* – and this causes up to 25% of fatal accidents**.

As part of a wider vision to enrich and improve the lives of its drivers and passengers, Jaguar has developed a piece of technology, Driver Condition Monitor, which alerts the driver if it detects the tell-tale signs of drowsiness. The system takes inputs from thousands of data points, some of which are measured every thousandth of a second, including the Electronic Power Assisted Steering system, pedal inputs and general driving behaviour. Complex algorithms analyse all this to accurately determine whether a driver is becoming fatigued.

Fitted as standard on E-PACE and across the Jaguar range, Driver Condition Monitor detects if the driver is starting to feel drowsy and when required, provides an early warning to take a break. E-PACE’s instrument cluster displays a coffee-cup icon and sounds an alert when a prompt is needed.

Edmund King, Director of the AA Charitable Trust, said: “The statistics around drowsy drivers are shocking, even more so when you realise it is an under-reported issue. Any measure that helps reduce the risk of tired drivers, such as Jaguar’s Driver Condition Monitor, is to be welcomed. The only real cure for tiredness is to rest – if drivers feel tired, or are alerted to possible tiredness by their car, they should pull over at the next safe place, drink a caffeinated drink and take a short nap.”

David Willey, Assisted and Automated Driving Attributes Senior Manager, Jaguar, said: “At Jaguar, we continuously review the latest advances in vehicle safety and develop innovative technologies to improve the driving experience, making it safer and more enjoyable. Driver Condition Monitor, along with a range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are offered as standard across the Jaguar range.”

The Jaguar E-PACE is also fitted with an array of other advanced driver assistance systems to help keep the driver and occupants safe. Standard features on all Jaguar models include Automated Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, front and rear parking aid and a rear facing camera.

The Jaguar E-PACE’s unique combination of sporty looks, dynamic driving and innovative safety features mean it’s fun to drive and safe, too. The SUV you’ll never tire of, is priced from £29,080 in the UK and can be configured at www.jaguar.com

* AA Charitable Trust research. AA-Populus 11-17 September 2018. Online poll of 20,561 drivers

** Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) Fitness to Drive report 2016


The I-PACE triumphed in the Mid-size SUV category, ahead of the Audi Q3 and Seat Tarraco.

Jaguar I-PACE wins Golden Steering Wheel award for best SUV

• All-electric Performance SUV voted ‘Best SUV’ in the Mid-size class

• Expert jury including racing drivers Hans-Joachim Stuck and Mattias Ekström award I-PACE class win after final tests at the Lausitz-Ring circuit in Germany

• Jaguar’s third Golden Steering Wheel win, following the F-TYPE sports car in 2013 and the XF saloon in 2016

Pretoria, 13 November 2019 – Jaguar’s all-electric Performance SUV has won Germany’s most famous car award, the Golden Steering Wheel. The I-PACE triumphed in the Mid-size SUV category, ahead of the Audi Q3 and Seat Tarraco.

Designed and developed in the UK, the I-PACE was created from a clean sheet of paper with the aim of delivering the world’s best premium electric vehicle – and a true Jaguar driver’s car. Its combination of sports car performance, zero emissions, exceptional refinement, and all-wheel drive SUV usability and practicality make I-PACE the stand-out choice in its segment.

A 90kWh lithium-ion battery enables a range of up to 470km (WLTP) and is capable of charging from 0-80% in around 72 minutes (60kW DC). The two light, compact and efficient Jaguar-designed motors generate a combined output of 294kW and 696Nm of instant torque, delivering 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds.

Prof Sir Ralf Spaeth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, accepted the Golden Steering Wheel for the Jaguar I-PACE at the award ceremony in Berlin, and said: “As part of our ‘Destination Zero’ vision, Jaguar Land Rover is pursuing an ambitious goal: To establish an environmentally friendly closed-loop economy. The Jaguar I-PACE is the clear and creative representation of our vision – an exciting, emissions-free electric vehicle. As a British manufacturer of premium vehicles we are delighted to win the Golden Steering Wheel in the world's most demanding and competitive premium car market.

“This award is one of many prestigious awards the I-PACE has won. We will use this validation to intensify our efforts to offer desirable and highly innovative vehicles to our customers. I thank the readers and the experts for rewarding the courage and forward thinking of our designers and engineers with their vote for the I-PACE.”

For the 43rd Golden Steering Wheel Awards, millions of readers of Auto Bild and its sister publications in over 20 European countries, together with readers of the Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag chose their favourites. After the votes had been counted, the 21 finalists – three in each of the seven categories – were thoroughly tested at the Lausitz-Ring circuit by the jury of racing drivers, leading motoring journalists and other car experts, with a focus on driving dynamics, connectivity, design, and total cost of ownership.

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Self-driving prototype Jaguar I-PACE on the streets of Dubai

Self-driving prototype Jaguar I-PACE hits the roads for the first time in Dubai

• Self-driving prototype Jaguar I-PACE was showcased at Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport

• Jaguar I-PACE, 2019 World Car of the Year and World Green Car of the Year, was chosen due to its strong sustainability credentials

• 2019 Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport aims to accelerate progress towards the adoption of self-driving technology

Pretoria, 23 October 2019 – Jaguar Land Rover engineers recently tested a self-driving prototype Jaguar I-PACE on the streets of Dubai demonstrating the company’s latest autonomous driving research technologies and giving a glimpse into the future of mobility.

Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to an autonomous, connected, electric and shared (ACES) future is a cornerstone to delivering on its Destination Zero mission; the ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner.

The all-electric, zero emissions Jaguar I-PACE - current 2019 World Car of the Year and World Green Car of the Year - was chosen due to its strong sustainability credentials. The prototype Jaguar I-PACE was modified to include enhanced vehicle detection and avoidance capabilities through a combination of radar and cameras, alongside a traffic light detection system.

The vehicle’s speed and steering, from stationary up to highway speed, was also controlled autonomously during test drives, with the system following routes from a detailed HD map showing route location and a detailed bird’s-eye view of junctions.

Jaguar Land Rover continues its drive for conscious innovation focusing on achieving its vision with Destination Zero - a future of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion – across its facilities, and through its products and services. Autonomous vehicle technology plays a major role in realising the strategy. To date, Jaguar Land Rover has successfully completed real-world testing of the technology on complicated inner-city roads in the UK and continues to collaborate with academia and industry to accelerate innovation.

“Jaguar Land Rover shares similar goals to Dubai’s government with regards to mobility and sustainability. We both wish to make driving safer, to free up time we spend travelling, and to reduce the negative impact travel has on our planet,” commented Bruce Robertson, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover MENA.

“The Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport tackles these same important challenges head-on, and our autonomous Jaguar I-PACE prototype is proof positive of the impressive progress our company and industry are making.”

Successfully tested on the streets of Dubai in preparation for its appearance at the Congress, the prototype model demonstrates the progress being made in the autonomous driving space globally, and Jaguar Land Rover’s contribution to the Emirate’s Self-Driving Transport Strategy.

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Professional drivers will take passengers around the world’s most famous and demanding circuit in the all-wheel-drive zero-emissions model

JAGUAR I-PACE IS THE FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC NÜRBURGRING RACE eTAXI

• Jaguar launches all-electric RACE eTAXI service at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife with its I-PACE performance SUV

• Professional drivers will take passengers around the world’s most famous and demanding circuit in the all-wheel-drive zero-emissions model

• All-electric I-PACE is 2019 World Car of the Year, European Car of the Year and German Car of the Year

• State-of-the-art 90kWh lithium-ion battery delivers 0-100km/h in 4.8sec (0-60mph in 4.5sec) with range of up to 470km/292 miles (WLTP cycle)

• For more information and to book the Jaguar I-PACE experience, visit: https://www.jaguar.de/jaguar-live/race-taxi.html

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Monday 14 October 2019, Kronberg/Nürburg, Germany – Jaguar is the first manufacturer to offer customers an all-electric RACE eTAXI experience around the epic Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Thrill-seekers and fans of electric vehicles can now experience the sports car performance of the I-PACE at the most demanding race circuit in the world with a professional driver behind the wheel. The zero-emissions model can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds (0-60mph in 4.5 seconds) thanks to its state-of-the-art 90kWh lithium-ion battery, which develops 400PS and 696Nm of torque.

The performance SUV will feel at home in all weathers around the 20.8km, 73-corner Nordschleife thanks to its dynamic handling and all-wheel drive; the zero-emissions I-PACE – 2019 World Green Car of the Year – will be able to cope with any conditions the circuit known as the ‘Green Hell’ has to offer.

The introduction of the first all-electric RACE eTAXI is another step in Jaguar’s electrification strategy as it enables more people to experience Jaguar’s award-winning I-PACE first-hand.

Jaguar is no stranger to electric race cars, with the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team preparing for a fourth season in Formula E. Jaguar has also completed its inaugural season of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the first all-electric single-make competition of its kind in the world, which features a grid of close-to-production I-PACE racers.

The new experience is available from now until the end of the season in late November and costs from €149 per lap. For further information on dates and availability please visit: https://www.jaguar.de/jaguar-live/race-taxi.html.

Since its launch in 2018, the Jaguar I-PACE has won multiple awards including 2019 World Car of the Year, European Car of the Year and German Car of the Year.


Clay sculpting still helps Jaguar create unique-looking automobiles

Behind the scenes at Jaguar’s new design studio

by Máté Petrány, Hagerty October 02, 2019

Which cutting-edge gadgets and absolutely traditional hand tools does a modern design studio need in order to be ready for the 2020s? According to Jaguar, the answer is virtual and augmented reality animation technologies, along with computer-aided surfacing and clay sculpting that can help the British automaker create unique-looking automobiles for years to come. And who else could lead the brand’s efforts at its redeveloped Design and Engineering Center in Gaydon other than Julian Thomson, Jaguar’s design director perhaps most famous for being the father of the first Lotus Elise?

The layout of the buildings at the Design and Engineering Center is intended to support a seamless workflow between the creative and engineering teams. Their mission is to transfer “Jaguar’s vision of modern Britishness” into products we’ll want to own. Jaguar also says that “six key design disciplines, operating across Interior and Exterior teams, develop innovative solutions and define future trends.”

With its doubled floorspace, the new Design Studio allows 20 full-size clay models to be worked on simultaneously, while a 36-feet 4K display wall should help with digital sketching and the rest of the virtual toolkit. It’s more or less a Stark Industries-esque design lair.

The first step here is sketching, which typically happens four years before reveal. Using pen, pencil or tablet, up to eight exterior key sketches will be taken through to the next stage, which involves turning the initial renders into digital data through Computer-Aided Surfacing (CAS).

With this data, Jaguar’s team lands at stage two: the milling of the clay models. And this team of 46 sculptors have quite the playground. Jaguar can explain:

“The sculpting area has 1312 feet of custom-made floor-integrated machine rails across its ten clay milling areas, each one 65 feet long. Each clay model is positioned on one of 20 lifts, capable of lifting the full-size model up to one-metre and with a load capacity of 4.5-tons, which allows the sculptors to achieve the most ergonomic body position possible when crafting each part of the vehicle. The system allows double-sided processing of models by the 3+2-axis Kolb Concept Line CNC clay milling machines, using the 1kw motorised spindle capable of 16,000 rpm.

Each full-scale clay model comprises an aluminum chassis, foam core and, finally, up to 90 mm of clay. The only part that is ‘real’ at this stage are the wheels. The clay is milled by machine using data from the CAS team before being ‘slicked’ and refined by the clay sculptors—this process can take as little as two weeks.

Using carbon fiber and sprung steel splines, the tools used to precisely shape the clay, the team handcraft each clay to perfect their designs. The clay models are frequently removed from the plates and taken outside to view in natural light to replicate how the vehicle will be seen on the road, and from a variety of angles and heights. This process takes much longer with revisions and adjustments made over the course of several months as each element of the design is refined and finessed to achieve a cohesive and elegant outcome.

The clay models are constantly scanned with data re-inputted to computer software to ensure engineering points are met, with clay sculptors operating to tolerances of 0.2 mm. As designs are perfected, the clay models can be wrapped and painted to bring them to life. Jaguar Design utilises Virtual Reality (VR) to stitch a real-life 3D clay interior model into a digital world so designers and ergonomics experts can experience the look and feel simultaneously.”

Throughout this rewarding (and extensive) process, others work on the complete digitalization of each part, while the colors and materials team figures out which shades and fabrics could win us over at the dealers four years later. And starting early with that is crucial, since bringing a new exterior color to the market takes just about all the time the team has until showtime, due to all the temperature and durability testing that is required.

While the materials team also puts the proposed seat upholstery through 60,000 cycles of abrasion resistance evaluation using the Martindale rub test, Jaguar’s engineering crew needs to figure out how to make the packaging work with their long-term powertrain considerations, as well as their assembly lines. And when it finally all comes together, Jaguar’s Design and Engineering Center can finally produce what everybody is most eager to see: full-size models of future cars. Here’s how that goes:

“These interior and exterior models are used to evaluate size and proportion and are developed from initial concept sketches in the first six to 12 months. When one design is selected as the ‘vision’, a new model is created from milled resin, with non-functioning 3D printed lamps, grilles, mirrors and wheels with unique trims, production quality paint and plexi-glass glazing.

Alongside these exterior models, full-size interior vision properties are also created. With real seats, steering wheels and trimmed and painted surfaces beautifully finished to a ‘real’ aesthetic standard, these models help to focus the business and can be used for market research and to ensure all engineering tolerances are met.

The step beyond the resin model is the exterior and interior Aesthetic Confirmation Models (ACM) produced when the design theme is frozen, the point at which clay modelling ends on the vehicle. The ACMs feature a higher level of detail such as milled metal components, functioning lamps, and are developed following design themes being refined and engineering feasibility work being completed.

The final model is the incredibly detailed Customer Design Reference Model—a full inside/outside driveable (low-speed) model created ahead of launch to showcase the vehicle before a full production version is available. It is built on a bespoke chassis with a body structure made up of a mix of carbon fiber and glass fiber, with fully functioning lamps, one-off machined aluminium wheels, and a fully trimmed interior complete with functioning displays.”

Still with us? Well done. Indeed, creating cars is an utterly complex process, but also one that highlights the contributions and efforts of talented engineers and designers. And what about the sketches drawn at Jaguar’s new studio this week? Well, some of those ideas should turn into show cars we can appreciate three to four years from now. Something tells us they’ll turn out looking pretty slick.