Jaguar E-Type: Big Electric Cat
In its own way, the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace crossover is a preview of coming attractions. Soon after it debuts next year, Jaguar should be close to announcing the Jaguar E-Type, an all-electric crossover that’s targeted squarely at the high-end electric vehicle segment. It won’t be the first electric vehicle on the market, but that’s not likely to matter; the emphasis for the design team at Jaguar seems to have been on getting it right rather than getting there first. The crossover is rumored to be slated for the Magna Steyr production facility in Graz, Austria. We’ll have more news and specifications as they become available.
2016 Jaguar F-Pace Earns Accolades from Business Insider
We’ve been anxiously awaiting the Jaguar F-Pace since it first appeared on our radar as nothing more than a rumor. Now that the crossover has made its way to the wild, it turns out that our enthusiasm was well-founded. It’s also being reciprocated by those who’ve actually seen it up close. After seeing the F-Pace at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Business Insider’s Matthew DeBord waxed downright poetic about the F-Type, saying that it “looks better than great. It’s easily the most beautiful SUV to (soon) hit the road.” Jaguar designer Ian Callum once promised to make Jaguar “modern, progressive, and elegant,” and DeBord sees the F-Pace as the apotheosis of that design philosophy. We’re inclined to agree.
Jaguar Revolutionizes the Heads-Up Display
Heads-Up Displays (HUD) used to be the stuff of science fiction, and then of multimillion-dollar fighter planes. The technology, which puts vital information in a pilot’s line of sight, would first make its way to cars in the late 1980’s. The concept hasn’t advanced much in the thirty years since, but thanks to a partnership between Jaguar and the University of Cambridge, that’s about to change. After years of R&D, the fruits of that partnership are due to make their first appearance in Jaguar cars. The new laser-based HUD has a few advantages: it works across multiple platforms; it has sharper graphics and better color rendition; and the experience it affords to drivers is fully immersive. The developers envision a display that integrates seamlessly with the car’s instrumentation and its infotainment system, giving real-time feedback on speed, location, engine performance, driving hazards, and even gas prices. There’s no word yet on when the new HUD will make its way into production vehicles.
That’s what’s next from Jaguar in a nutshell. To see what’s now while you’re waiting for what’s next, come to the Jaguar of Peabody showroom (just a stone’s throw from Boston) and see the best of what the company has to offer, including the 2016 Jaguar F-Type.