Month: November, 2015
Cars are loaded with different safety features today, but just because you see a long list padded with words about safety doesn’t mean you’re riding around in a safe vehicle. After all, every automaker wants to sell their vehicle, and they are happy to list of every feature that it has, whether that feature is going to do you any good or not. That is why you need to learn the difference between important features and features that you could probably do without. When you know the difference judging vehicles will be much easier to do overall.
Rear Cameras and Sensors
Backing up is one of the most dangerous actions that you can do in a vehicle because you really can’t see what is going on very well. While some people are better at it than others, backing up is always going to come with more risk than going forward. That’s why vehicles are coming equipped with cameras to give you a better view of what is going on out back. These same vehicles come with sensors as well that set of different alarms or alerts letting you know more about what is going on.
A feature known as adaptable or adjustable cruise is featured on many vehicles today and it’s a good one to watch out for. It essentially lets your vehicle see the other cars on the road and pick up on how fast or slow they are going. This is an important feature that lets you set your speed and will slow the car down if others in front of you slow down. It helps you avoid rear-ending another vehicle and is a feature that would really cut down on accidents.
Forward Collision Systems
A feature that goes along with those adaptive cruise sensors is forward collision avoidance. This is a mix between automatic braking and alert systems to let you know when a collision is likely. It keeps you on your toes while adjusting the vehicle to avoid collisions even if you aren’t watching what is going on and even when vehicles slow down quickly.
Self Operating Headlights
Driving at night is a real chore because you have to switch between high and low settings everywhere you go. It’s even more annoying when you get hit by a driver who doesn’t seem to care about switching off the high setting. There are cars being sold today with lights that handle this task all on their own. They switch to high when no cars are coming and drop down to low when cars get in range. This keeps you from worrying about doing it, and it should keep everyone from blinding one another as well.
It’s easy to see how these safety features can make a major difference in how people drive their vehicles. When you’re shopping for a new car look for these features above all else, because they are the ones that matter the most.
Jaguar and Land Rover are known for doing some over the top stuff when revealing vehicles, and the automaker did so yet again when unveiling the all-new Range Rover. Thanks to a lot of hard work and careful designing, the automaker made the 2016 Range Rover the 45th anniversary of the Range Rover the first vehicle to drive over a paper bridge in the world. That’s an interesting title for a very impressive feat.
The all-new Range Rover is a great looking vehicle, but let’s be honest, the real hero of this story is the 20+ foot bridge composed of just paper. It’s impressive when you look at the papery arch, but it becomes much more so when you realize that it’s not held together with bolts or glue. Instead the paper is just squished together in a highly compacted fashion. It relies on the strength of the arch design perfected more than 1,000 years ago, but it’s very cool to see a full-sized SUV drive over a span made from paper.
Land Rover recruited Steve Messam, paper bridge designer, to come and design and help assemble the bridge designed to set the new world record. All the paper used during construction was donated by James Cropper PLC. a British manufacturer.
A Fist Full of Firsts
When the Range Rover was released in 1970 it was the very first vehicle to travel through the treacherous Darien Gap, a section between Central and South America that’s so difficult most people still avoid travelling through it by land today. In 1989 the Range Rover was the first vehicle with 4×4 that also came with ABS anti-lock brakes. Just three years later in 1992 the Range Rover was the first vehicle in the segment to get an electronic air suspension and electronic traction control. In 2012 it was the first all-aluminum SUV and now it’s the first vehicle to travel over a paper bridge. It has a long and rich history, and that’s part of the fun of owning a Range Rover.
Travelling over Paper Terrain
Not only was the bridge itself pretty darned impressive, but the ease of which the Range Rover traversed is was just as impressive. A paper bridge isn’t likely to be a very easy surface to grip onto, especially when it’s positioned into a delicate supporting arch that creates a circular driving surface. Even still the Range Rover slinked up one side and down the other without a moment’s hesitation. It’s amazing how easily it accomplished the feat.
Try building a paper bridge at home on your own and you’ll see what an impressive feat this is. To be accomplished in just a couple days of construction is even more impressive.
Jaguar Slashes Base F-Type Prices
There’s no arguing that Jaguar makes quality cars and that statement goes double for the F-Type coupe. It’s a beautiful car and it’s a blast to drive around. Now you can have fun for even less when you pick up the 2017 model. Not only is it improved but it’s actually a couple grand less than it was supposed to be. The base model no starts off at $62,395, that’s a price reduction of $3,600 overall.
Why the Decrease?
Jaguar made a few changes in order to create this price reduction in a time when it seems like everything else is simply going up in price. First of all the company axed the panoramic moonroof that was a standard feature in 2016 and it went from two 14-way power adjustable seats to just the driver’s seat having a 6-way power adjustable seat. Jaguar decided to hold onto the awesome 770-watt stereo system though so the model really didn’t lose that much in order to achieve that price drop.
Jaguar made the move to make one of its most popular vehicles more affordable to hopefully coax more buyers to make a move and pick up an iconic luxury vehicle. The move should entice at least a few more buyers to take action, but many will still be put off by all the added money that the options packages add to the vehicle.
Dropped Prices aren’t Across the Board
While the base model of the F-Type is more affordable in 2017 some of the more upscale models increased in price. The other trim levels all increased by $1,800. The Premium trim level coupe will set you back $67,795 and the convertible costs a whopping $70,895. For the added cost you’ll enjoy the 380-HP S engine and a nice smooth adaptive suspension, enhanced brakes, bigger wheels and a limited slip differential.
Move up to the F-Type R
The sleek and violent F-Type R comes equipped with all-wheel drive and a monster 550 HP V-8 engine with an automatic transmission. It starts at $106,395 at the coupe level and costs $109,245 for the convertible version.
Even though the base model of the F-Type is considerably more affordable in 2017, it’s going to be difficult finding a dealership that actually has the model without a bunch of upgrades. The base model is a good place to start if you’re looking to get your hands on one of the leading luxury cars in the industry, but if you want the full experience it makes sense to shell out for at least one of the premium models instead.
According to recent reports Jaguar is planning on releasing two other SUVs on top of the F-Pace that’s already planning for release sometime in 2017. While the F-Pace is expected to be somewhat of a compact crossover, Jaguar is planning on expanding its lineup to include a mid-sized and large SUV. They aren’t official yet, but according to Carwow from the UK, the automaker is producing an E-Pace and a J-Pace.
This Evoque sized SUV is expected to be sold at a lower level than the F-Pace. It’s going to be an affordable alternative to the F-Pace that Jaguar expects to be the most successful of all the SUVs that it sells to customers.
This large SUV is also going to be built over top of the Range Rover frame and is supposed to be the upper-end of the Jaguar spectrum. The exciting thing about this SUV, other than the fact that it’s going to be large, is that it will rely on the aluminum platform designed for the current Range Rover. That will make it more efficient and lightweight, which should really help bolster the fuel economy of the vehicle. That’s a big deal when you’re talking about such a large vehicle.
Why the Variants?
Jaguar is simply offering the different SUVs to appeal to a wider group of customers. Not everyone is going to want an SUV the size of the F-Pace, and that’s precisely why the company is planning on the alternative sized vehicles as well. The three options will give Jaguar fans something to choose from and should help the company get a bit more of the market share so that it can really dig in within the United States and strengthen its offerings.
There’s no guarantee that either of these two SUV variants are going to be produced, but they both seem pretty likely. Basing all its success on just two vehicles didn’t seem like a good strategy for Jaguar in the United States and in other places around the world, and these SUVs will help the company grab even more customers in the UK and the US.
It’s likely that these SUVs would be offered even later on down the road than the F-Pace. A 2018 launch wouldn’t be inconceivable for these vehicles, but it’s hard to put a timeline on a project that Jaguar hasn’t even officially announced yet.