Telsa Model X, take notice. There is an new electric SUV in town, and it’s a smoking hot Brit!
The new Jaguar I-Pace is Jaguar’s first foray into the electric car segment, and the company didn’t hold back. The original concept promised an attractive design, an open cabin, a lot of horsepower and more than 220 miles of all-electric range on a single charge, and that’s what has been delivered.
For starters, the production model looks nearly identical to the concept (even down to the details), featuring a slick, cab forward and coupe-like design that should turn heads. The Model X isn’t a shabby-looking EV, but this Jag has a more sporting demeanor.
Ditto for the interior, which actually looks better than the concept’s! According to Jaguar, despite the I-PACE’s overall mid-size dimensions, the cabin offers passenger room comparable to that of a large SUV, thanks in large part to the absence of an internal combustion engine that allowed designers to move the front seating position much farther forward than normal. There is 890 mm (35 inches) of legroom in the rear, and 656 liters (23.1 cu.ft) to 1,453 liters (51.3 cu.ft) of luggage space, the latter when the seats are folded.
Jaguar’s new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which combines touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls, helps deliver a high-tech, futuristic vibe, while a standard glass panoramic roof that absorbs infrared light makes the interior feel airier, more spacious and cooler. The side windows can also absorb infrared light and eliminate the need for a blind.
With a 90kWh battery pack powering twin electric motors, the 2019 I-Pace produces 394 horsepower and 512lb-ft of torque, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds. That’s faster than many of the world’s most respected sports cars, as well as all versions of the Model X except the performance-focused Model X P100D.
Not only is Jaguar’s electric SUV fast, but it’s also said to ride and handle great, thanks to a torsional rigidity of 36 kNm/degree (the highest of any Jaguar model), an optional air suspension and perfect 50:50 weight distribution. The British automaker described the I-Pace as offering “exceptional ride comfort” and “engaging driving dynamics.”
The electric drivetrain provides a maximum driving of range of 240 miles (386 km), and the battery pack can be charged up from empty to 80% in 40 minutes on a 100kW fast charger or 10 hours when using 240-volt charging.
One-pedal driving and a navigation system optimized to choose routes that maximize efficiency help drivers preserve battery charge.
Considering it’s a Jaguar, don’t be surprised to see a sportier, more capable version of the I-Pace sometime in the future to take on the Model X P100D.
New Suzuki Jimny Gets Turned Into Mercedes G-Class Lookalike
The Suzuki Jimny is commonly viewed as a poor man’s Jeep Wrangler or Mercedes-Benz G-Class, nut one Japanese tuner has taken the comparison way too literally.
Some of the most defining styling cues of the latest Jimny — round headlights, tall boxy silhouette, etc. — are shared with the G-Class. Liberty Walk took advantage of the resemblance to build a G-Class lookalike, calling its creation the “G-Mini”.
Starting with the stock Jimny, Liberty Walk added a new grille insert with two horizontal slats, a hood made out of carbon fiber, a front bumper with air vents shaped like the one on the previous G-Class, fender flares, and wider alloy wheels.
There is also a light bar above the windshield like the one on Liberty Walk-tuned G-Glass builds, as well as side-exit dual chromed exhaust tips under the running board that suggests the G-Mini might have a mechanical upgrade. Hopefully it’s a power injection to back up its looks — the 100 horsepower produced by the stock Jimny’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is just too measly to be taken seriously.
What do you think? Did Liberty Walk do a good job at making the Suzuki Jimny look less like a poor-man’s Mercedes-Benz G-Class? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
New, 2019 Suzuki Jimny Rugged Small SUV Is Even Cuter And Tougher
Suzuki’s rugged and cute off-roader has been reborn as an even cuter, boxier and more capable little SUV.
Now in its forth-generation, the all-new Suzuki Jimny arrives 20 years after the previous Jimny debuted in 1998 — a very long time in the automotive world. Whereas the previous model at least had a few curves offset its boxy design, the latest iteration adopts even more squared off proportions with hardly an arched line in sight.
An available two-tone styling package adds a black grille, lower fascia, and roof, further accentuating the angular design, while the flat-topped fenders seem to provide even more wheel clearance for bashing around off-road.
One can argue that the Jimny is a poor-man’s Wrangler, which itself is viewed by many as a poor man’s G-Class, but we think it has more spunk than either model.
Inside, the new Jimny gains a far more modern looking cabin than its predecessors, with a touchscreen infotainment system now siting at the top of the center stack and a digital display slotting between two large gauges in the instrument cluster. It retains traditional knobs for controlling the HVAC system but makes them look for more stylish than on the previous model.
A range of engines will be offered. In Japan, the rugged little SUV is available with a 660cc engine that complies with the country’s kei car requirements or a more powerful 1.5-liter unit. Europeans have the choice of the 1.5-liter, a 1.2-liter four-cylinder, and a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder.
The engines can be paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. Four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case contribute to its off-roading capabilities.
In addition to Japan and Europe, the new Suzuki Jimny will also be sold in the Indian subcontinent, South America and other parts of the world, but not North America.
Suzuki left Canada and the United States back in 2013, which is too bad. The stunning little off-roader would have been easier on on the wallet than the Wrangler and especially the G-Class.
New Ford Territory Is A Hybrid SUV For China
The new Ford Territory is one of 50 new or redesigned vehicles Ford has planned for China from 2018 through 2025.
Jointly developed with local partner Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), Ford’s entry level SUV is essentially a rebadge of Jiangling’s Yusheng S330 that’s been on sale since 2016, but with a different front fascia, more attractive dashboard design, and more technology. Chinese buyers have the choice of three engines — a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, a 48-volt mild hybrid system, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Inside, the Territory features a modern infotainment system with Mandarin voice controls and is available with Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance technologies, which includes adaptive cruise control and FordPass Connect.
Sales begin in early 2019 with a price tag that should be higher than the S330’s start MSRP of around 80,000 Yuan (~$11,700 USD).