Telsa Model X, take notice. There is an new electric SUV in town, and it’s a smoking hot Brit!
The new Jaguar I-Pace is Jaguar’s first foray into the electric car segment, and the company didn’t hold back. The original concept promised an attractive design, an open cabin, a lot of horsepower and more than 220 miles of all-electric range on a single charge, and that’s what has been delivered.
For starters, the production model looks nearly identical to the concept (even down to the details), featuring a slick, cab forward and coupe-like design that should turn heads. The Model X isn’t a shabby-looking EV, but this Jag has a more sporting demeanor.
Ditto for the interior, which actually looks better than the concept’s! According to Jaguar, despite the I-PACE’s overall mid-size dimensions, the cabin offers passenger room comparable to that of a large SUV, thanks in large part to the absence of an internal combustion engine that allowed designers to move the front seating position much farther forward than normal. There is 890 mm (35 inches) of legroom in the rear, and 656 liters (23.1 cu.ft) to 1,453 liters (51.3 cu.ft) of luggage space, the latter when the seats are folded.
Jaguar’s new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which combines touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls, helps deliver a high-tech, futuristic vibe, while a standard glass panoramic roof that absorbs infrared light makes the interior feel airier, more spacious and cooler. The side windows can also absorb infrared light and eliminate the need for a blind.
With a 90kWh battery pack powering twin electric motors, the 2019 I-Pace produces 394 horsepower and 512lb-ft of torque, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds. That’s faster than many of the world’s most respected sports cars, as well as all versions of the Model X except the performance-focused Model X P100D.
Not only is Jaguar’s electric SUV fast, but it’s also said to ride and handle great, thanks to a torsional rigidity of 36 kNm/degree (the highest of any Jaguar model), an optional air suspension and perfect 50:50 weight distribution. The British automaker described the I-Pace as offering “exceptional ride comfort” and “engaging driving dynamics.”
The electric drivetrain provides a maximum driving of range of 240 miles (386 km), and the battery pack can be charged up from empty to 80% in 40 minutes on a 100kW fast charger or 10 hours when using 240-volt charging.
One-pedal driving and a navigation system optimized to choose routes that maximize efficiency help drivers preserve battery charge.
Considering it’s a Jaguar, don’t be surprised to see a sportier, more capable version of the I-Pace sometime in the future to take on the Model X P100D.
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Rocks The Coupe-Like Look
The Cross Sport is more stylish than the regular Atlas.
Volkswagen has revealed the all-new Atlas Cross Sport, expanding the Atlas lineup with a sportier, coupe-like crossover.
As a five-seat alternative to the regular Atlas, the Cross Sport eliminates the third row of seats in favor of a sleeker profile but still manages to provides 40.3 cubic feet of stowage space when the rear seats are up and 77.8 cu ft when folded flat.
A three-bar chrome grille, unique headlights, and more sculpted hood gives it a more upscale look than its larger sibling, while an available R-Line package amps up the sportiness factor with 21-inch wheels and sportier bumpers with chrome and piano black accents around the lower front air scoops.
The interior benefits from a few upgrades, featuring a new steering wheel and available stitching accents on the seats and door inserts. Heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, and a 12-speaker Fender audio system are part of the options list.
As for power, buyers can choose between a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 235 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V6 with 276 horsepower. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, driving either the front wheels or, optionally, all four wheels.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will be built alongside the Atlas and Passat at VW’s Chattanooga plant, with the first deliveries arriving in spring 2020.
2021 Toyota Rav4 Plug-in Hybrid Is The Most Powerful Rav4 Ever
It is the most fuel-efficient and the most powerful Rav4 variant.
Toyota has revealed the 2021 Rav4 plug-in hybrid ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
According to the Japanese automaker, the plug-in hybrid Rav4 will utilize the most powerful powertrain in the model’s history, one that delivers “surprising performance capabilities,” including spirited acceleration and nimble handling.
That means it makes more power than the basic Rav4 hybrid variant, which makes due with 219 horsepower.
Visually, the Rav4 plug-in hybrid features unique styling touches that include a black grille and vertical LED fog lights. It will also be offered with a new Supersonic Red paint scheme and bright chrome wheels.
In related news, rival Honda recently revealed the hybrid version of its popular CR-V crossover.
Toyota C-HR Gets New Grille And Headlights For 2020
It also benefits from new colors and more options.
Toyota has given the C-HR a few styling and tech modifications for the 2020 model year.
The biggest updates are at the front, where the small crossover features LED headlights, a restyled grille, and a new bumper.
The LE trim level also gets new optional 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Limited trim level sports new 18-inch alloy wheels.
Two new optional colors join the lineup, both available with a black roof only: Supersonic Red and Hot Lava Orange.
The interior updates are small, and include new seatback pockets and windshield visor extensions for the XLE trim level, and an 8-way power driver’s seat and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) with headlamp auto-leveling for the Limited.
On the tech front, the C-HR now offers Android Auto to go along with the pre-existing Apple CarPlay and comes standard with SiriusXM satellite radio.
The 2020 Toyota C-HR continues to be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, sent to the front wheels by a CVT transmission. All-wheel drive is still not offered.
Dismal headlight performance prevented the 2018-2019 C-HR from achieving a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but this is an issue Toyota has presumably addressed for the 2020 model year.