Month: April, 2015
Jaguar is able to offer the modern technology that they do to their drivers because of their commitment to advancing their tech. The automaker now has an advanced automotive lab setup in Portland where they are hoping to hire an additional 50 engineers. The lab’s designed to test and improve upon existing automotive technology while figuring out what’s coming next.
The lab comes with a large curved driving simulator to give the engineers a chance to look at what their tech will really look like once operational. When you walk into the building the first thing that you’ll notice is computers everywhere. They are on nearly every desktop throughout the building and the engineers are busy working away on new enhancements. Within the building they can build and adapt new tech and test it out on the simulator and in actual Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles that are also located in the facility. This offers a convenient environment to adapt and enhance driving technology in.
With each new technological development for vehicles there is always going to be that element of concern for driver safety. Smartphones are continually distracting drivers and causing accidents, it’s important to Jaguar and other automakers that their new tech isn’t going ot do the same. That’s why the engineers are always careful to create options with voice controls and other features that avoid taking driver’s eyes away from the road. They state that the tech allows drivers to do what they want in their vehicles while remaining safe, and that’s very important to the industry.
The Cool Tech
At the facility the engineers are working on advanced navigation systems with simple green lines projected on the screen for drivers to follow. Imagine playing a game and following the simple display guides through a city. The tech works much the same, only you are navigating real life situations. The tech lets you look out the windshield for all your directions and helps drivers stay safer than ever while getting where they want. There is another feature that displays the current speed limit even when the view of a local road sign is impeded while driving. The car will always know how fast you should be going and with a quick glance to the screen so will you. Jaguar also developed a Ghost Car navigation system that works much the same as the green line but you are following a holographic car rather than lines making it feel even more natural.
The auto industry is well-known for being behind when it comes to cutting edge technology and that includes luxury brands like Jaguar and Land Rover as well. It’s through dedicated labs and lots of development that Land Rover hopes to get back to the forefront of technology and by working with top companies in the tech industry like Intel they shouldn’t have any problems. Some of the latest Jaguar and Land Rover tech is already highly impressive, and as their new Portland Lab grows and develops the tech is only going to keep coming and getting more impressive.
Jaguar chose to use the recent NY International Auto Show to demonstrate the 2016 Jaguar XF. The new car has plenty of notable changes, but the most important of all is the increased use of aluminum in both the body and the frame to make it more lightweight and ridged. The XF is supposed to launch at the end of the year and when it does buyers will enjoy having a vehicle that relies heavily on lightweight aluminum for its construction.
While I wouldn’t call the new look of the 2016 Jaguar XF revolutionary, it is clearly improved even if those improvements are pretty subtle. Sleeker, nice lines on front, led headlamps, The car body is a bit sleeker with more pronounced lines up front to help bring out the LED headlamps a bit more. Overall it just looks a bit more like a coupe with a nice streamlined shape.
Jaguar went through great lengths to improve the aerodynamics of the latest XF model. They included air vents in the front bumper of the vehicle to allow more airflow and to circulate air over the front wheels. The automaker also redesigned both the roof and bonnet of the vehicle for reduced drag. To top it all off the front end of the vehicle is more vertical than before and there’s a shorter front overhang for improved airflow overall.
Increased Aluminum Construction
The improved aerodynamics should help make the vehicle more efficient, and the improved looks are nice, but what buyers should really take note of is the increasingly aluminum construction of the vehicle. All of the aluminum used throughout the body and the frame resulted in weight savings of about 265 lbs. between this model and the last. Much of the body is made of aluminum, and parts of the frame are made from a mix of aluminum and high-strength steel and magnesium alloys. Not only is the body of the vehicle significantly lighter, but it’s also 28 percent stiffer than the previous model for improved driving dynamics.
One of the best things about many luxury vehicles is how quiet they are inside. Jaguar is working to improve sound deadening capabilities further and they made the XF even quieter. In order to block out more road noise Jaguar used a new analysis technique and added heat-expanding foam into the cabin. These two measures create a noticeably quieter ride in an already quiet vehicle.
Like any modern Jaguar the 2016 XF comes with a slew of advanced driving features and systems. The car has electric power assisted steering that’s designed to compensate for roadway irregularities. The system helps make steering feel more fluid. The car has a traffic sign recognition system that helps make the driver aware of the current speed based on what local speed limit signs say. The system works using a small camera built into the front of the vehicle. The XF has an auto emergency braking system and comes with an adaptive dynamics system that helps the vehicle maintain good stable handling characteristics in adverse weather and other less than ideal driving situations.
When the XF 2016 is released later this year it should be a noticeable improvement to last year’s model. It’s lighter, more powerful and better designed for efficiency. Not to mention that the car’s more attractive to look at making it quite the overall package.
If you’ve ever wanted to see the most expensive SUV on the market take a look at the photo below. No it’s not from Porsche, and it’s actually produced by Land Rover. The model is known as the Range Rover SV Autobiography and it retails for $199,495 putting it just below the 200,000 mark, and that’s before any options are added on. The vehicle is more expensive than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by more than $40,000, putting it out of range for most buyers, but it’s truly a sight to behold.
On the Outside
On the outside of the Range Rover it’s clear that it’s a custom build. The SUV has a two-tone paint job option that isn’t available on any other Rover. The top of the vehicle is black and there are nine different colors to choose from for the bottom portion. The SUV continues the black theme with a large black chrome grille with a high polish. There is also a set of black chrome lettering on the hood and tailgate of the Range Rover.
Inside the Luxury SUV
The interior of the Range Rover is a blend of brushed and textured aluminum. Custom textured aluminum is used on the surround button, the gear selector, the pedals of the vehicle and all the seat adjuster knobs. The same textured aluminum is used on the key fob as well for a real classy touch. Brushed aluminum is used for most of the other features within the vehicle. Both the center and rear consoles are detailed with brushed aluminum.
The seats are very comfortable and highly adjustable, which is expected in this class, but one thing that you won’t see in most standard SUVs is the executive setup that you have in the rear seats. There are fold out work tables as well as a beverage chiller at the back to make it easy to get things done while on the go. Even the floor mats have a nice custom look and feel and are made from twist pile mohair.
The Best Performance
When you invest as much money into a vehicle as Land Rover is asking for this custom Range Rover it’s only reasonable to expect the best in performance, and that’s what you get. The Range Rover comes with Land Rover’s most powerful V8 engine that’s taken from the SVR performance model set to be released soon. The V8 produces 550HP and manages 502 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s highly responsive and feels light on its feet, which is always impressive in an SUV of this size.
The model is set to go on sale this fall, and will premiere at the NY Auto Show in just a few days. The vehicle will be presented along with the Range Rover Sport HST and the Range Rover Sport TD6 Diesel.