If for some reason you find the 380-horsepower Jaguar F-Pace S not powerful or fast enough, Jaguar has something for you. Unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show, F-Pace SVR is so powerful and so fast that it is in spitting distance of super SUV territory.
Power comes from the same supercharged 5.0L V8 utilized by numerous other high-end performance models in the Jaguar-Land Rover group — F-Type and Range Rover Sport SVR, to name some — tuned to produce 542 horsepower and 501 lb-ft. of torque. Paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system, the V8 catapults the F-Pace SVR to 60 mph in just 4.1 sec (100 km/h in 4.3 sec) and on to a top speed of 176 mph (283 km/h). Jaguar’s Variable Valve Active Exhaust System ensures that it also sounds the part.
In addition to the powerful engine, Jaguar’s hottest SUV is distinguished from the lesser models in F-Pace lineup by larger air intakes at the front; side fender vents that lower pressure in the wheel arches, reduce lift and provide additional cooling; a special SVR-spec hood with vents that help extract hot air from the engine bay; a unique rear spoiler; and a modified bumper with quad tailpipes.
Handling has been enhanced with progressive front and rear springs that are 30 and 10 percent stiffer, respectively, and an anti-roll bar that reduces body roll by 5 percent. Filling the wheel wells are the choice of 21- or 22-inch alloy wheels.
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, stated:
“The F-PACE SVR delivers the handling and agility to match its performance. Everything from the steering to the bespoke suspension set-up has been tuned specifically for our performance SUV and the result is a vehicle that lives up to the promise of both the F-PACE and SVR.”
Inside, the F-Pace SVR features sportier front seats with better lateral support, aluminum paddle shifters, a Sport Shift Selector, and unique rear seats.
Pricing for the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR starts at £74,835 in the U.K. and $79,990 in the United States, where it gets a comprehensive 5 year / 60,000 miles warranty and scheduled maintenance.
2020 Buick Enclave Brings New Sport Touring Package
Buick’s big SUV also gets a new infotainment system and optional surround-view camera system.
The Buick Enclave has received a few updates for its 2020 model year, most notable of which is a new Sport Touring package that gives it a sportier appearance.
Available on the Essence trim level, the ST package adds a unique body-color grille and 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with contrasting Satin Graphite pockets.
The 2020 Enclave also benefits from Buick’s next-gen infotainment system that’s standard on all models, complete with an 8-inch touchscreen. It can also be equipped with a new HD Rear Vision Camera, an HD Surround Vision systems, and a new, four-way power lumbar seat adjuster with a driver and front passenger massage feature that comes standard on Premium and Avenir editions.
The 2020 model year introduces three new exterior colors: Champagne Gold Metallic, Rich Garnet Metallic (Avenir only) and Dark Moon Blue Metallic.
Sales of the 2020 Buick Enclave begin in late summer 2019, with prices starting at $41,195 (including freight).
Kia Seltos Is A New Small SUV For The World
It’s a global vehicle, but will it be sold in North America?
Kia Motors used an event in Delhi India to unveil the Kia Seltos, a new compact SUV that will be sold in several markets around the world.
Positioned at the bottom of the company’s expanding crossover and SUV line-up, the new Seltos goes after “youthful, tech-savvy buyers” with a sharp design inside and out, and the tech and practicality millennials expect in vehicle of its size.
The exterior features a tall, upright front end characterized by a wide rendition of Kia’s trademark tiger nose grille flanked by LED headlights and 3D indicators, while horizontal lines on both ends help make the crossover look bigger than it actually is. It looks like a Kia.
Inside, the Seltos can be equipped with a 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment system, a head-up display, and ambient lighting that pulses to the beat of the music. A split-screen function let’s users customize the infotainment screen and view up to three menus at the same time.
Power can be provided by a 1.6-liter turbodiesel rated at 136 horsepower, a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 149 horsepower, or a 177-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo four, while the gearbox options consist of a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a six-speed automatic, and a seven-speed dual-clutch.
Manufactured in both India and South Korea, the new, 2020 Kia Seltos goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019. It’s not clear if it will be sold in the United States and Canada.
TRIVIA: The name Seltos comes from Greek mythology, particularly Hercules’ son Celtos. To make it appear sportier, Kia simply replaced the ‘C’ with an ‘S’.
Toyota, Subaru Team Up To Develop All-Electric SUV
Then makers of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are shifting some of their resources from sports cars to electric vehicles.
Toyota and Subaru are expanding their existing partnership to include the development of a new electric platform for midsize and large passenger vehicles. The platform will initially be used for a C-segment SUV that will be sold under each company’s own brand.
Subaru will provide its expertise in all-wheel drive technologies, while Toyota will bring its electrified vehicles know-how. By combing their respective strengths, they will be better be able to tackle market challenges surrounding electric vehicles, including development costs and battery supplies.
“The platform will be developed in a way that will make it broadly applicable to multiple vehicle types, including C-segment-class and D-segment-class sedans and SUVs, as well as to efficient development of derivative vehicle models,” the Japanese automakers stated in a press release.
Subaru and Toyota have collaborated on vehicle development since 2005, with their efforts resulting in the Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ sports cars and the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.
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