Say what you will about Elon Musk and Tesla, but there is no denying that his company makes some truly safe cars. Judging from one owner’s experience in a high-speed crash, the Tesla Model 3 in particular should have no issue acing any crash test.
Reddit user Model_3_Crash_Dummy shared a totalled Model 3 that had its passenger’s compartment almost entirely intact and its entire cabin nearly filled with deployed airbags. The driver and front passenger miraculously walked away with only minor injuries.
The circumstances surrounding the crash are still a bit murky, but the Model 3 reportedly slammed into a parked car at about 60 mph (96 km/h). The driver suffered an injured right ankle as a result of his foot jamming the accelerator pedal, while the passenger of the vehicle sustained a nasty cut from his / her arm striking and shattering the Model 3’s central screen.
The driver was very grateful for his blessings considering things could have been much worse, stating:
“My only complaint about this car is that during the crash my passenger’s arm hit the screen and shattered it which prevented me from opening the glove box w/ title and insurance. Needs a manual option. Also my passenger got a pretty big cut on her arm. Maybe add a screen airbag. All in all it is a phenomenal car and I owe my life to Tesla.”
In fact, so impressed by the Model 3’s crash protection that he placed an order for another one not long after the accident.
What Exactly Is The Jaguar I-Pace? A Hatchback Or An SUV?
When we wrote our preliminary preview of the Jaguar I-Pace, we, just like Jaguar and most automotive outlets, called the peculiar-looking yet attractive electric vehicle an “SUV”, but is it really an SUV?
Technically speaking, if we are to define a Sport Utility Vehicle as one built on a light-truck chassis with respectable off-road and towing capabilities, teamed with higher seating capacity, then the i-Pace is not an SUV. It is built on a car chassis, but I wouldn’t be so quick to call it a crossover (a vehicle based on a car chassis but designed to resemble an SUV) either.
Fellow auto enthusiast Sawyer Sutton didn’t hesitate to point out our misclassification, noting in a post:
“It has the ground clearance of a Camry and less cargo space than a Subaru Outback. Let’s call it a premium hot hatch and stop comparing it to things that it bears zero resemblance to.”
I thought deeply about his critique and couldn’t help but to agree. Unlike the Tesla Model X, a true crossover that Jaguar pegs as the main competitor to its first-ever EV, the i-Pace has a stronger resemblance to a hatchback than it does a crossover, let alone an SUV. A hatchback on some high-quality steroids, but one nonetheless…
Just don’t ask the British automaker to call the i-Pace a hatchback. Crossover and SUVs seem to be the only things with four wheels that car buyers care about nowadays, so it isn’t hard to see why the company might be reluctant to describe it as anything other than a utility vehicle.
As for why auto critics the web over haven’t been calling a spade a spade, chalk one up for laziness. The term SUV is often applied to crossovers (the masses couldn’t be bothered with the technical difference between the two types), and it seems that will also be the case with bulky hatchbacks with the slightest increase in ground clearance moving forward.
Like it or not, the Jaguar i-Pace isn’t the first hatchback to be called an “SUV, and it probably won’t be the last.
Smart ForTwo, ForFour Nightsky Editions Kick Off Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Brand
After announcing its new EQ line of electrified vehicles, Daimler has finally unveiled the first models to wear the EQ badge, and they are not Mercedes-Benz.
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Smart EQ fortwo and forfour nightsky editions bring the smart marque into the new EQ sub-brand. Both feature EQ’s signature blue paint finish, as well as Brabus-designed exterior components that include a unique front spoiler, side skirts and roof-edge spoiler.
Their interiors continue the two-tone theme and boasts a Brabus dashboard and upgraded shift knob, handbrake lever, door sills and sport pedals
Dr. Annette Winkler, CEO of smart, stated:
“smart is electric, innovative, intelligent and totally unique, or in three words each: ‘smart EQ fortwo’ and ‘smart EQ forfour. With the smart EQ fortwo and forfour, we are putting the first products from the Mercedes-Benz Cars EQ family on urban roads and showing how much fun electric mobility can be.”
The Smart EQ fortwo and fortwo cabrio nightsky editions go on sale in Europe in spring 2018, while the EQ forfour follows a few months later.
New, 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Charges Into Action With 292-Mile Range
Hyundai has taken its promising new Kona subcompact crossover, removed its internal combustion engine and jammed a full-electric drivetrain into it — meet the new Hyundai Kona Electric!
Looking more high-tech and futuristic than the gasoline-powered Kona, the subcompact EV is distinguished by a revised front end with a closed grille, new 17-inch wheels, and a cleaner-looking interior with paddles behind the steering wheel for adjusting the regenerative braking settings.
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Two different powertrain options are available. Models with the base 39.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack produce 132 horsepower and deliver 186 miles (300 km) of electric range on the WLTP cycle, while those with the longer range 64-kWh battery boast 292 miles (470 km) on a single charge and can accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a respectable 7.6 seconds.
The Hyundai Kona Electric isn’t exactly a Tesla Model X or Jaguar I-Pace rival, but that just means it will cost half as much. Plus, unlike Tesla, there is no reason to believe that Hyundai can’t build them according to plan.
Do you like what you see? Would you consider buying one?