Month: May, 2015
Land Rover just developed a new 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that gets exceptional fuel efficiency figures. The engine is four-cylinders and comes in a couple different variations in the new Land Rover Discovery models. Buyers looking for different outputs will have a couple different diesel options to choose from, and one offers fuel efficiency figures that would be good for a hybrid vehicle. The new and improved engine is also supposed to reduce CO2 emissions, making it a more environmentally friendly choice than most diesel engines out on the market now.
Land Rover is offering a couple different variations of their new engine. The lower power and more efficient engine provides 148 HP, more than enough power to keep the SUV from being too sluggish. The other output is 178 HP and can propel the vehicle from 0 to 62 in a respectable 8.9 seconds. It hits a maximum speed of 117 MPH.
Exceptional Fuel Efficiency
The lower output engine offers an exceptional fuel efficiency rating of up to 57.7 MPG on the highway. That rating is on the European cycle but efficiency figures are expected to be similar stateside. With such high figures the SUV should be an excellent trip vehicle that will save its owners a lot of cash in fuel expenses over time.
In order to save on weight the engine relies on aluminum construction, and this helps reduce fuel consumption during use. The engines benefit from reduced friction that also improves the efficiency rating. In order to lower emissions from the engine has stiffer cylinder blocks than standard. As an owner of this new engine you’ll also enjoy an increased service duration of somewhere between 16,000 and 21,000 miles, keeping most drivers out of the shop for over a year after the initial purchase.
Getting on the Market
The Ingenium family of diesel engines are set to go on the market next month. They will be released in Europe and South Korea around the same time, but we’ll probably have to wait a bit before they come stateside. The impressive fuel efficiency rating will make the vehicle worth the wait for many car buyers. An SUV that manages such high levels of efficiency is pretty rare and worth serious consideration.
There’s something particularly exciting about a vehicle that defies expectations. When you see a massive SUV like the Range Rover Sport rolling down the road you expect it to be a slow and lumbering machine that can climb over rocks, twigs and through mud holes with ease. What you don’t expect is for that same SUV to easily burn rubber around the track when it’s finished climbing over said sticks, twigs and rocks. The Range Rover Sport SVR is among an elite breed of performance SUVs that can seemingly do it all. They have no trouble going through rough courses, and they can exceptional performance in a track setting as well. It’s hard to imagine a scenario that could benefit from all these skills other than maybe a high speed police chase, but either way the SUV’s a blast to drive, and pretty nice to look at too.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is designed for a smooth and polished off-roading experience. Essentially you set the system to the type of terrain you are tackling and the monstrous SUV will traverse it smoothly and confidently. It doesn’t matter if you’re going through mud pits, over loose terrain or cresting a brutal ridge, the Rover handles most challenges with ease and comes out ahead of most luxury SUVs every time.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is so capable because of great design. It comes with all-wheel drive that’s on all the time. It benefits from a two-speed transfer case with an effective low-range. The SUV relies on a multi-plate clutch to route its immense power between either axle depending on which is more effective at the time and a rear differential helps ensure that the best gripping wheels get the power each time.
On a vehicle that’s so good off-roading it seems strange and almost unfair for it to be such a capable track machine as well. After all every vehicle has to have some weakness, but if the Sport SVR has one it’s hard to spot. It’s massive engine offers 550 HP and 502 lb.-ft. of torque creating enough power to accelerate the SUV from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. The Sport has no problem climbing all the way up to an impressive 162 MPH and it offers the type of power that drivers can enjoy on a daily basis.
The Range Rover is carefully calibrated to take corners like a champ, and easily weaves around even sharp bends without a second thought. It offers good steering response and has a nice grounded feel to it more akin to a racecar than an SUV. The only reminder you’ll have that you aren’t in the sporty Jaguar F-Type R is the tipping feeling you get from cornering at speed thanks to all the weight the SUV carries around. It can’t defy the laws of physics any more than any other vehicle and you’ll feel the top-heavy design if you corner fast enough, but the body roll is surprisingly tame and you can still corner the SUV pretty quickly and for most drivers other than the hardcore racers the performance is going to be highly impressive.
Of course the Range Rover Sport SVR has an adjusted look to match its larger engine. The SUV comes with a bunch of black accents, added body kits and carbon fiber to show off its track readiness. The inside appearance pretty much matches the exterior. It’s a mix of refinement and aggression. The seats are particularly interesting with a scaly armored design that you won’t find on another vehicle anytime soon.
The Range Rover Sport is the type of vehicle that anyone can enjoy but few will own. It can handle any situation you throw at it and looks great whether your climbing hills or burning rubber on the track. Unfortunately anyone looking to pick up this luxurious piece of machinery will have to have some deep pockets. The base version starts at over $111,000 and the price goes up from there. The price is in line with what the other brands are offering for a performance SUV though.
Jaguar is planning on releasing a new version of their XE in 2016 and the XE-R performance edition of the vehicle is expected to be particularly potent. This sedan sits at the lower end of the family range and is designed to compete with the BMW 3-series. Buyers can get a wide range of performance levels from the vehicle, starting at 180 HP and working its way all the way up to 488 HP generated by the R model.
Performance of the XE-R
The vehicle comes with a potent supercharged 5.0 liter V-8 that generates 488HP and a total of 461 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s expected to travel from 0 to 62 MPH in less than five seconds which is pretty impressive. In order to give the vehicle a more aggressive drive feel and improve its handling it benefits from a set of retuned suspension dampers and some other suspension changes that haven’t been named yet.
Even More Power To Come
Even though the Jaguar XE is already quite formidable Autocar still believes that Jaguar will release an enhanced version of the XE later on as part of the Special Vehicle Operations division that was recently started at Jaguar. This will help the automaker compete with the likes of Cadillac that continues to release more potent versions of their standard vehicles.
The Standard Version
If you aren’t looking for a high performance car, and would rather have something stylish to ride around town in then you might consider the XE-20d instead. This is the base XE model in the lineup and comes fitted with a conservative diesel engine that creates 180 HP and 318 lb.-ft. of torque for fast, but not aggressive, performance. Next after the base model is the XE 35t that comes with a supercharged V6 that allows the car to travel from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, which means the XE-R has to be even faster than that.
If you’re looking for a compact luxury vehicle the 2017 Jaguar XE could be just the thing for you. Pricing information hasn’t been released yet, but the top XE-R is expected to compete with the BMW M3 which means that a price of around $60,000-$68,000 is likely, so the other models should be more affordable than that.
Jaguar is currently working with their Special Vehicle Operations unit to come up with an SVR variant of the F-Type. The car is expected to have around 600 HP and could possible even exceed that figure. That would be higher than anything Jaguar or Land Rover has ever offered to the public before. With the F-Type’s continual climb up from its base power offering of 335 HP it only makes sense that it would top out over the 600 HP mark with the SVR model.
Even at launch there was a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 option that provided 500 HP to buyers looking for a thrill. From there Jaguar went on to offer the F-Type R with 550 HP, then the Project 7 Roadster with 575 and it only makes sense for the F-Type SVR to take another step forward up to that 600 figure. Not only is that an unprecedented level of power to put into the compact F-Type, but it also gives buyers a large range of power levels to choose from.
Large Variety of Power Levels
The base F-Type offers just 335 HP, which is a decent amount for a car of its size. The release of all the other power editions of the vehicle offer plenty of variety to buyers. Whether you want the 335 or something closer to 600 HP there is an option that you can choose. For buyers who aren’t too familiar with different vehicle power levels it makes sense to test drive all the variants until you find one that you enjoy. With so much variety it’s possible to get exactly the right fit, which is a pretty cool feature in Jaguar’s latest offering.
Sticking it to Competitors
The SVR variant of the Jaguar F-Type comes with enough power to compete with most sporty vehicles out today. It’s expected to eclipse vehicles like the Porsche 911 Turbo S and the Mercedes-AMG GT S. It will even keep up with hyper cars like the Audi R8 V10 Plus and the Aston Martin Vantage GT12.
The only real question left to ask about the SVR other than the exact power level is what shape of
F-Type it’s going to be. Will it be a coupe or convertible and will it be all-wheel drive or rear-wheel. These are all details that have yet to be released, but will make a big difference in how well the car sells and who’s interested in it when the time comes.
The 2017 Jaguar XE is a cool looking car no matter how you look at it. It’s got the standard sedan look with a touch of muscle and a dose of class. It’s the type of refinement that big spenders are happy to have, but it’s not quite as flashy as some other models like the F-Type. One pretty unique feature with the 2017 Jaguar XE is the two different engine options it comes with. They’re at odds with one another. One is for power and performance, and the other is focused purely on fuel efficiency. That means if you pick up the 2017 XE you can decide to have something efficient, or something high powered and thrilling to drive.
The Fuel Efficient Choice
Most Americans have begun to realize just how efficient and reliable modern diesel engines can be. The efficient option offered with the 2017 XE is a 4-cylinder turbo diesel, and it puts out a decent 180 HP and 318 lb.-ft. of torque. The car climbs from 0 to 60 in 7.4 seconds, so it probably won’t be winning any street races anytime soon, but it’s not slow either. The key element of this vehicle is that it’s fuel efficient. Specific FDA fuel efficiency numbers aren’t’ available yet, but it’s the most efficient powertrain that Jaguar has ever offered in the states.
The Performance Option
If you’re like many Jaguar buyers who aren’t too concerned with fuel efficiency you can opt for a more powerful engine that has quite a bit more bite. The XE is also offered with the same engine that comes in the F-Type. The 3.0 liter supercharged V6. It provides a massive 340 HP and 334 lb.-ft. of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 60 in just 4.9 seconds and hits a limited top speed of 155 MPH. The XE 35t engine is clearly the more exciting option, but it won’t be nearly as fuel efficient and probably not as practical as an everyday driver either.
Both engine options that are offered with the 2017 Jaguar XE are compelling and special in their own way. The diesel engine would be a pretty good everyday driver and great for efficient highway cruising. The powerful supercharged V6 will be a blast to drive around and give the XE that true sports car feel.