Month: February, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover is planning on producing an electric vehicle in the next couple years, but word is that they aren’t sure whether it will be badged as a Land Rover or a Jaguar vehicle. Either way the vehicle is expected to be a large SUV with enough space for a larger battery pack and a more robust electric power system.
Building on the F-Pace Framework
If the electric vehicle ends up being a Jaguar model it’s likely that it will be based on the F-Pace framework that hasn’t yet been released. If the vehicle is built on top of this framework then it’s likely it will have a performance slant that makes the vehicle more suited to track use than off-roading. Either way the electric model could be something very exciting and not just Jaguar fans will be lining up to take it for a spin.
The Defender Experiment
Jaguar isn’t new to electric vehicles and they actually released an electric experiment known as the Defender just two short years ago. This boxy SUV was built with a 94 HP engine that produced a pretty sizeable 243 lb.-ft. of torque. Just seven of these vehicles were ever constructed and word is that they performed pretty well too. If the information is true the Defender was able to handle all the rough terrain that the standard diesel-powered system could.
Releasing An Electric Model in Two Years
The new battery-powered vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover isn’t expected to be released until 2018, and a plug-in hybrid should be put out first in 2017. The actual release date depends on how long the hybrid takes to be completed and how well it does once it actually debuts.
If everything goes according to plan, and the rumors are true then there should be an all-electric SUV released around the globe with either a Jaguar or Land Rover badge attached. It’s likely to be a very rugged vehicle that will be at home on dirt roads, but there’s always the possibility that the vehicle will be designed with performance in mind more than ruggedness. Either way, if the vehicle does well there will likely be a whole slew of all-electric models in the works.
Cadillac recently released the 2015 version of their Escalade and it packs even more features and luxury while maintaining the style and comfort that buyers have grown to love and respect over the years. It’s certainly not any more affordable than previous models are, but for the buyers looking to splurge on their transportation and spoil themselves each time they walk out the door, the newest Caddy has a lot to offer.
Power and Performance
When you ride in a vehicle as large as the 2015 Escalade you don’t expect it to feel sporty or light on its feet, and that’s certainly the case with this model, but it doesn’t feel sluggish either. Instead it offers a very smooth ride, with satisfyingly responsive acceleration that you can benefit from immediately. The Cadillac is slightly more efficient than older models with 15 MPG in the city and 21 on the highway, but still remains more focused on performance and luxury than it is on fuel efficiency. It offers a silky smooth ride that easily absorbs most bumps and muffles out any road noise helping you forget that you’re out on the road at all and making it feel more like a moving five star hotel.
An Opulent Exterior
It’s easy to spot an Escalade rolling down the road thanks to its large and opulent look. The latest version is covered with a plethora of chrome accents, and a massive grille that stands out against the darker paint job. It has a distinctly squared-off look and overall looks more masculine than previous versions do. The Escalade comes with LED headlamps, and 20 inch chrome wheels that fit in very well with this classy Caddy.
A Plethora of Features
One of the nicest things about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is all of the tech and comfort features that come standard with your purchase. Sure the Escalade is very price with a base price of nearly $90,000, but there’s something nice about getting most of the luxury features that you want right with the initial package.
As you’re travelling down the road you’ll enjoy the auto wipers and the tri-zone automatic climate control system that help you remain comfortable no matter what the outside conditions are like. The auto-dimming mirrors improve visibility on very sunny days and the keyless entry and ignition are convenient features to have.
You’ll enjoy the heated and ventilated power-adjustable steering wheel on both hot and cool days, and the seats provide the same heating and ventilation while being eight-way adjustable so you can feel comfortable and sit at your preferred angle. One feature that’s almost unique in vehicles is the power adjustable pedals that help the Escalade to fit to different sized drivers and their preferences.
On top of all these convenience features you also get a very competent CUE infotainment system, that comes with a responsive touchscreen interface. The system provides navigation and comes with a rearview camera built in as well. You can enjoy your music on quality 16 speaker surround system system, and with five different USB ports all your family’s electronics will stay topped up.
When you climb inside the new Escalade you’re immediately enveloped in luxury. The buttery smooth silks and soft-touch materials abound and leave you feeling pampered. The Escalade has a clean layout that makes it simple to understand and easy to use, and the vehicle’s large enough to sit three rows of people comfortably, or to do a lot of hauling. With all the seats in place there is still 15.2 cubic feet of storage at the back, and when you pop out the second and third row seating that number jumps up to 94.2 cubic feet, enough space to carry about 20 large boxes, or some new furniture to match your new vehicle!
The Escalade was built for hauling people, and is often used to carry around children which means that safety is of the utmost importance. Not only does the large size of the vehicle add to the safety factor, but it also comes with a whole range of nice safety features to help keep everyone safe. It has a brand-new center-front seat airbag for the passenger that gets stuck between in the middle up front. It also comes with front and rear parking sensors, anti-lock disc brakes and both traction and stability control for most of the standard features.
The Escalade also has some advanced features such as Forward Collision Alert and a Safety Alert System to help make the driver aware of any possible risks while out on the road.
If you’re after the absolute best family SUV that you can get your hands on, and aren’t afraid to spend two or three times what a budget SUV goes for, the 2015 Escalade offers a lot to love and is a satisfyingly comfortable ride.
While support for fully electronic vehicles is growing over time, there are plenty of people who are either afraid of the idea, or simply don’t want to drive around vehicles that rely solely on electricity. After all they are a bit less practical than many gasoline or diesel powered vehicles at the moment. Many people are really excited about the Tesla Model 3 because it will make owning a reliable electric vehicle more affordable, but for those who aren’t the 2017 Jaguar XE presents a surprisingly enticing alternative.
The XE is the smallest vehicle that the Jaguar is currently working on and it promises to be both affordable (relatively speaking for a luxury car) and efficient. This little car will be equipped with a 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine that’s capable of achieving fuel efficiency levels in the high 30’s or low 40’s. This is something that most people can get excited about, and the car doesn’t force anyone to move over to the unchartered territories of electric cars.
A Luxurious Look
The 2017 Jaguar XE is going to be very luxurious and sporty looking and will come with most of the features and comforts that are expected in a luxury car, but will still be pretty affordable and very efficient.
One area where Jaguar vehicles tend to shine is with their handling capabilities. Jags are very responsive and fun to drive, and the XE is no different according to early reviews completed by Car and Driver. The reviewer states that the XE possess “the reflexes and grace that are conspicuously absent in the competition” or the other small sports cars on the market. Not only will the little XE be a great little car to drive from an efficiency perspective and thanks to its looks, but it will be a blast to drive as well.
An Aluminum Body
One of the main ways that the XE is going to be able to achieve such impressive efficiency numbers while maintaining a good level of power is through a lightweight aluminum body. It will be one of the few cars out on the road that rely on an almost fully-aluminum structure for the body. Sure it will rely on steel for things like the door, and strength enhancing accents around the vehicle, but by and large it will be made of aluminum and that means a much lower body weight overall than similar sized steel vehicles.
All these features make the XE a great competitor for the Tesla Model 3 and it should attract all the buyers who aren’t ready to move over to electric technology yet. Diesel still represents a cleaner alternative than gasoline, especially with biodiesels on the market, but it’s much more familiar than electric cars and packaged so nicely that it’s going to be hard to pass up by many buyers looking for a compact sports car to cruise around in.
Jaguar recently showed off its new technology known as “Bike Sense”. It’s a warning system that is designed to help drivers be more aware of their surroundings and potentially protect bikers who are on the road. The system relies on a variety of different warning mechanisms to make drivers more aware, and to overcome many of the issues that put bike riders at risk while out on the road.
Getting the Drivers Attention
In order to make sure the driver is aware of the problem that the system detects he is hit in three different senses. He will hear the sound of a bicycle bell, see red and yellow LED flashes and feel a vibration on the shoulder. These three systems come together to ensure that every Land Rover driver is well aware of his or her surroundings while travelling out on the road.
Providing Specific Feedback
Getting the driver’s attention isn’t enough to provide a safe driving environment. The system also has to let the driver know what the problem is and where it is as fast as possible. The LED’s used to provide a signal are in green, yellow and red. The color lets the driver know how close the issue is to the vehicle. The shoulder tap comes from within the driver’s seat, and it can occur on either the right or the left depending on where the problem is. These two systems effectively let the driver know how close the threat is and which side of the vehicle it’s on in a matter of moments. This lets the driver react instinctively and should help create a safer driving environment.
Jaguar’s Bike Sense system is just one of the latest safety technologies that they’ve been showing off recently. They have also been developing a holographic windshield that shows off driving directions and a special system that makes vehicle pillars effectively see-through to prevent blind spots. Jaguar hasn’t spoken about whether or not they plan on implementing these systems anytime soon, or at all for that matter, but it’s clear that safety matters a lot to them. While introducing this technology in the small lineup of vehicles that Jaguar sells won’t make a huge difference overall, if it leads to major trends in the industry it could make a real difference. The new technology makes vehicle drivers more responsible for accidents that occur between them and cyclists, and that’s a good thing for bike riders.