Jaguar released a huge photo bomb of the new XE sedan in lieu of the busy news from Paris.
Since the XE was first revealed not too long ago, it was only showcased in range-topping supercharged XE S, at least until the XE R and XE R-S get here. But with the new photo bomb, we could now see what the XE looks like in its various forms, from the base model and throughout the range.
So far, from what we know, the new Jaguar XE debuts with Jaguar’s new Ingenium line of engines, currently featuring two diesel and two turbochaged gas engines with the range-topping supercharged V6. There is a six-speed manual option, but we’re not holding our breath for it to come stateside. But we can expect a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic.
The various trim lines include the base SE, the middling Prestige, the full-luxury Portfolio version, a sporty R-Sport model, and the S at the top.
For full details and a video from Paris, check it out after the jump.
THE NEW JAGUAR XE – THE SPORTS SALOON REDEFINED
– The new Jaguar XE: the driver’s car in the global mid-size saloon segment
– Aluminium-intensive monocoque – the first in its class
– Dynamic design, classic rear-drive stance
– Smallest, lightest, stiffest Jaguar saloon
– Most aerodynamic Jaguar ever: Cd 0.26
– Double wishbone and Integral Link suspension for precise handling and a supple ride
– High-efficiency 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel: 163PS; 75mpg, 99g/km CO2
– Supercharged 3.0-litre V6: 340PS; 0-60mph: 4.9s
– Six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions
– Electric power steering delivers benchmark response with CO2 savings of up to three per cent
– Intuitive new InControl infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen
– World debut of Jaguar All Surface Progress Control: a revolutionary system that maximises low-speed – traction in adverse conditions
– Jaguar Drive Control with Eco, Normal, Winter and Dynamic modes
– Forward facing stereo camera technology enables autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition
– Sat Nav as standard across the whole XE range
– Optional Laser Head-Up Display generates high-contrast colour images
– Deployable bonnet delivers enhanced pedestrian protection
– Pricing in UK starts from £26,995 on the road
– New Jaguar XE available to order from UK Jaguar retailers from 02 October 2014
The Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the sports saloon and will be the driver’s car in its class. Its lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior and outstanding ride and handling are testament to company founder Sir William Lyons’ vision: ‘The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive’.
The rear-drive XE is the only vehicle in its class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque. This extremely robust yet light structure, together with double wishbone front suspension and an Integral Link rear axle, is fundamental to the XE’s innovative benchmark vehicle dynamics.
Jaguar’s world-leading expertise in aluminium structure engineering enables exceptional fuel consumption and emissions figures: with the new Ingenium diesel engines, the XE can achieve 75mpg and 99g/km CO2 – the most efficient Jaguar ever. Powered by the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine from the acclaimed Jaguar F-TYPE, the XE S is capable of 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds.
“The XE’s driving behaviour fully matches the promise of its seductive looks, and the emotional appeal is supported by state of-the-art approaches to efficiency, from aerodynamics to the advanced Ingenium engine family.”
Kevin Stride, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XE
The aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE is the first model developed from Jaguar Land Rover’s new modular vehicle architecture. The long 2,835mm wheelbase and low seating position enable perfect proportions and a streamlined profile.
The cabin offers outstanding levels of comfort and spaciousness. Exquisite materials and finishes combined with Jaguar craftsmanship make this a class-beating interior that’s unlike anything else in the segment. Jaguar’s new InControl infotainment system takes centre stage: its innovative 8-inch touchscreen brings fast, intuitive access to all features and functions – and iOS and Android smartphone apps.
The XE has some of the most advanced driver assistance systems available. All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), developed through decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, can electronically gain traction in seconds and is ideal for use on low-grip surfaces, such as snow-covered roads.
Laser projection technology enables the XE’s optional head-up display (HUD) to generate sharp, high-contrast colour graphics (such as vehicle speed and navigation) from a module smaller and almost a third lighter than existing systems, retaining clarity even in direct sunlight.
A forward facing stereo camera is mounted behind the front windscreen to give the XE a 3D view of the road ahead: this highly accurate data is used for functions including autonomous emergency braking and a lane departure warning system.
The XE is the stiffest, most aerodynamic Jaguar saloon car ever built. It is also the first Jaguar to be equipped with electric power steering, tuned to provide exceptional responsiveness and feel but with lower energy consumption than hydraulic systems. The XE also offers the lowest cost of ownership and most environmentally sustainable credentials of all Jaguar models.
Manufacturing of the aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE occurs at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant in an all-new facility. Part of a £1.5bn investment, this flexible, purpose-built site will create 1,700 UK jobs.
The XE now completes the Jaguar saloon car range, sitting below the XF and XJ model lines.
The XE range
From luxurious to high-performance, the XE range offers a model perfectly suited to every taste.
Sports saloons tailored to suit every driver
Each XE is designed to offer an unrivalled combination of steering response, ride comfort, refinement and performance. These attributes are matched to the sleek, perfectly-proportioned exterior styling and the premium materials and meticulous attention to detail defining the interior.
Jaguar XE trim levels:
The entry-level to the XE range, the SE model features high-quality cloth seats and a gloss black treatment for the door trim finishers and the signature ‘Riva Hoop’ sweeping above the instrument panel. Standard equipment includes Satellite Navigation, cruise control, 17″ alloy wheels, DAB digital radio and multi-function softgrain leather steering wheel.
Heated front seats featuring Taurus leather upholstery with contrasting stitching delivers a modern, progressive luxury interior, complete with Phosphor Blue ambient lighting. Inserts on the air-conditioned seat option are perforated and the ‘Riva Hoop’ and door finishers are finished in brushed aluminium.
The most luxurious XE model, Portfolio features a wide range of colour options for the premium softgrain Windsor leather with herringbone perforations. The instrument panel features split upper and lower coverings in two colours, complete with colour-keyed twin-needle stitching for a truly bespoke feel. The aluminium trim has an embossed surface finish. Additional equipment on Portfolio models includes Meridian audio system, 10 way electric front seats, Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED signature DRLs and 18″ alloy wheels (except on 163PS engines).
Heated Sports seats are trimmed with perforated Taurus leather. The ‘Riva Hoop’ and door finishers are in etched aluminium, and the tread plates and sports steering wheel feature R-Sport branding. The exterior is enhanced by a subtle rear spoiler and a noble chrome treatment for the side power vents. Sports suspension delivers even better handling. Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED signature DRLs, gloss black window surrounds and two-tone 18″ alloy wheels (except on 163PS models) complete the sporty exterior looks.
The most performance-orientated XE model features a race-inspired interior. The heated, perforated Taurus leather seats; tread plates; and leather sports steering wheel carry the S logo. Dark hex aluminium graces the door finishers and the ‘Riva Hoop’, while the centre console is gloss black. The front bumper’s enlarged air intakes hint at the performance potential of the supercharged V6 engine. Side sill extensions, rear spoiler, gloss black rear valance, red brake calipers, Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED signature DRLs, and 19″ alloy wheels complete the exterior package. The S model also benefits from luxuries such as a Meridian audio system, keyless entry and power-operated boot lid.
The most advanced sports saloon that Jaguar has produced, the new XE is instantly recognisable as a Jaguar, its aluminium skin formed around the fundamental principles of perfect proportions and aerodynamic efficiency. The new XE looks and feels like no other car in its class
Purity and purpose: Form and function without compromise
Jaguar created the blueprint for the first ever sports saloon with the iconic Mk II, a car which distilled sports car performance and dynamics into a stylish four-door body. The new XE builds on this unique heritage, combining Jaguar’s unrivalled expertise in lightweight construction with exquisite lines, sharp radii and perfectly executed surfaces.
The only car in its class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, the XE was developed in parallel with Jaguar’s lightweight, modular vehicle architecture. Created from a clean sheet, this architecture – which will form the backbone of several future Jaguar models – unlocks entirely new design possibilities for the brand.
“Great proportions and a dynamic, edgy feel are at the core of Jaguar design. We wanted to create a strong sense of movement, and have given the XE a dynamic and purposeful look that is without compromise. Sleek, low, coupé-like exterior proportions combine with an efficient package that is instantly recognisable as a true Jaguar.”
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design
The strongly-sculpted bonnet is a testament to Jaguar’s expertise in working with aluminium, creating a taut, muscular appearance. The very steeply raked windscreen and the rising waistline accentuate the streamlined, coupé-like profile, adding to the sense of movement.
The signature ‘J-Blade’ running lights are another instantly recognisable Jaguar design. In the rear lights, a horizontal line intersecting a roundel is an iconic styling feature inherited from the iconic Jaguar E-type, and now present also on the F-TYPE sports car.
Smooth progress: Sleek styling, low aerodynamic drag
Jaguar has a rich history of designing stunning, yet aerodynamically efficient cars. The new XE continues this tradition of uncompromised form and function: its profile has the lowest drag coefficient of any Jaguar yet – Cd 0.26. This was achieved through a combination of over 1,200 computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and over eight million hours of processor time.
The body’s low-drag shape is enhanced by features that amplify each improvement made. Innovations include front bumper ducts which channel laminar airflow over the surface of the front wheels to reduce drag. This is combined with lightweight under-floor panels running back to the rear silencer, creating an almost perfectly smooth surface, also significantly reducing drag.
Inside story: Spacious, luxurious
Expectations raised by the XE’s beautiful exterior styling are exceeded once inside. The spacious cabin cocoons front seat passengers with a deep centre console, creating a cockpit-like feel. The 8-inch touchscreen for the new InControl infotainment system takes centre stage in the sweeping curves of the instrument panel. On models equipped with automatic transmissions, Jaguar’s unique rotary drive selector rises up from the centre console – the XE feels alive.
The contour-hugging front seats are mounted low, creating a sports-car like driving position with heating and cooling options and 14-way power adjustment. The rear seats may also be heated and can offer a 40:20:40 split-fold – a first for Jaguar – and a through-loading feature.
The XE proves that sleek, streamlined styling and interior space need not be mutually exclusive. All occupants enjoy generous amounts of head and legroom, and the deeply scalloped seatbacks liberate even more space for passengers seated in the rear of the XE.
Technical fabrics, fine-grain leathers and contrasting twin-needle stitching give the cabin a bespoke quality. Gloss black, textured aluminium, contemporary wood veneers, and carbon-fibre trim enhance a luxurious, handcrafted feel.
Jaguar is more experienced in the use of aluminium construction than any other vehicle manufacturer, allowing the development of the revolutionary body structure of the new XE. It is the only car in the class built around an aluminium-intensive monocoque
Light, stiff, safe
Following development of the aluminium XJ in 2003, the XK, the current XJ and the F-TYPE, Jaguar’s experience is embodied in the new XE’s aluminium-intensive monocoque. The XE is the most rigid saloon that Jaguar has ever built and no other vehicle in the midsize segment contains more aluminium.
“The Jaguar XE body uses over 75% aluminium content, which far exceeds any other car in its class. This gives us a body structure with unrivalled low weight: it’s light but also immensely strong with extremely high levels of torsional stiffness and safety without compromising on vehicle design or refinement.”
Dr Mark White, Jaguar Chief Technical Specialist, Lightweight Vehicle Technologies
The XE is the first model designed using Jaguar’s all-new modular vehicle architecture. This advanced structure, which will underpin a range of different models in a number of different segments, is engineered to utilise the most intelligent mix of materials, including aluminium, high-strength steel and magnesium, providing exceptional manufacturing flexibility.
For the XE, satisfying the demanding targets for ride, handling, fuel economy and safety dictated an aluminium-intensive monocoque. When Jaguar started work on the original aluminium XJ, the luxury saloon’s body comprised around 70 per cent conventional grades and 30 per cent high-strength alloys respectively. In the new XE, these proportions have been reversed.
High-strength aluminium alloys, including AC300 and AC600 grades, are also used in areas such as the A-pillars, front and rear crash structures, and the cant rail. The B-pillars are high-strength aluminium reinforced with ultra-high strength steel, with a layer of high-density foam between.
All of this makes the passenger compartment exceptionally stiff, limiting intrusions in the event of a collision. The new XE has been engineered to meet the most stringent legislative and consumer crash test requirements worldwide, including US and Euro NCAP.
Pedestrian protection reaches new levels too: the energy absorbing properties of the aluminium bonnet are enhanced by a deployable hinge system, which creates additional clearance between the underside and stiff structures such as the powertrain, suspension towers and the bulkhead.
Recycled aluminium alloy: A world-first
Sustainability is another big part of the story at Jaguar Land Rover. The new XE is the first car in the world to use a high-strength aluminium alloy – RC5754 – made predominantly from recycled material. The product of several years of research, this grade contains only a small quantity of primary material, essential to achieving the desired mechanical properties.
Steels, including advanced high-strength and dual-phase steels, are used for parts such as the rear underbody, door panels and bootlid. These materials satisfy the particular strength, stiffness and geometrical requirements of these parts and they also contribute to the XE’s ideal weight distribution. Cast magnesium also makes an appearance: this ultra-light material is used to make the front-end carrier as well as the cross-car beam.
Aerospace-inspired joining technologies
In 2003, replacing spot welds with a combination of self-piercing rivets and structural adhesives – a technique proven in aircraft production – represented another step-change in body engineering at Jaguar. These techniques enable highly optimised joint design with an outstanding combination of strength, stiffness and durability. Another advantage – and one extremely difficult to realise with welding processes – is compatibility with dissimilar materials.
To prevent any risk of galvanic corrosion between steel and aluminium panels the XE’s monocoque benefits from five layers of protection between the two materials. The first is a protective coating of zinc on the steel parts. The joints are filled with structural adhesive and then the body is e-coated. Seam sealer is applied, and then, finally, paint.
Jaguar saloon cars have always been renowned for their peerless combination of sublime ride comfort and outstanding driving dynamics. The new XE will take this to the next level thanks to double wishbone front suspension, Integral Link rear suspension and Jaguar’s first application of electric power steering. Development target: be the driver’s car in the segment.
Agile, responsive, supple
Designing the XE entirely from scratch using a brand new architecture presented the Jaguar programme team the rare opportunity to develop a car free of the compromises imposed by legacy platforms and carryover components. As a result the XE has the most sophisticated chassis of any vehicle in its class and will set the benchmark for ride and handling.
The XE’s light, stiff body structure and longitudinal, rear-drive powertrains provided the perfect starting point for development. Where most competitors use the simple MacPherson strut front suspension, Jaguar’s vehicle dynamics team insisted on the superior double wishbone configuration.
“Jaguar cars have always been renowned for a balance of precise handling and a high-quality ride. The XE is the culmination of everything the company has learned over the years, providing a combination of supple ride and crisp handling that is unmatched in this segment.”
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar
Camber stiffness was an important consideration. This attribute – the resistance to lateral load when the car is cornering – is crucial to steering feel. To keep unsprung mass to a minimum, the forged aluminium knuckles are made from cast blanks using a patented production process. Further weight savings come from the tubular anti-roll bars and springs made from stiffer, narrower-gauge steel.
Front suspension geometry was optimised from the outset to suit all-wheel drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations. The suspension mounting points enable efficient packaging of the spring and damper assembly – essential to achieving the low bonnet height fundamental to the XE’s sleek styling and to pedestrian impact protection.
The dampers have been meticulously tuned, giving the sublime ride quality Jaguar cars are famous for and the taut body control needed for agile handling.
Integral Link: The most sophisticated rear suspension in the segment
Jaguar evaluated conventional multilink suspensions that are the class standard, but these could not deliver the dynamic attributes demanded of the new XE.
The solution was Integral Link: a system usually found only in larger, more expensive vehicles and which delivers benchmark performance. Only Integral Link delivers the combination of lateral and longitudinal stiffness needed for the XE’s precise handling and smooth, quiet, supple ride.
To keep weight to a minimum, extensive use has been made of aluminium: toe links and upper control arms are forged; knuckles and lower control arms are hollow cast, saving even more weight.
Electric power steering redefined
Steering response, weight and feel are core elements of Jaguar’s brand DNA, and the ones which probably contribute most to the ’50 metre feel’ – the all-important first impression that the vehicle conveys about the way it drives.
Hydraulics have provided power assistance because they deliver the most natural, intuitive system performance. Electric power steering (EPAS) offers greater tuning potential and greater energy efficiency, but Jaguar’s engineers have not considered the technology sufficiently mature – until recently.
As a result, the new XE is the first Jaguar to use EPAS and delivers the immediate response and connected feel expected of a Jaguar sports saloon. All system hardware has been optimised to reduce backlash and friction – the enemy of natural steering feel – while the control software was honed during an exhaustive tuning phase. The control algorithms can even account for changes in the ambient temperature, ensuring a consistent steering feel no matter what the conditions.
As well as functions such as speed-dependent assistance and damping, which varies subtly with the rate with which steering lock is applied, the steering system also compensates for changes in road camber, keeping the car firmly on track.
EPAS also cuts the XE’s CO2 emissions by three per cent and two per cent from petrol and diesel models respectively.
High performance brakes
The dynamic driving character of the new XE is matched by brake system specification. Lightweight sliding calipers and large discs are used front and rear, with diameters from 316mm to 350mm and 300mm to 325mm respectively.
The ventilated front discs benefit from enhanced cooling thanks to suspension-mounted ducts, which channel air to the centre of the rotors through apertures in the back plate.
The latest-generation electronic brake system controller is lighter, smaller and more powerful than previous modules and enables myriad functions which improve safety, stability and dynamics.
Torque Vectoring by braking
One of the most impressive functions on the new Jaguar XE is Torque Vectoring by braking – state-of-the-art technology that has been proven on the F-TYPE Coupé and is now standard on the new XE.
This high-tech innovation mitigates the onset of understeer by lightly braking individual inner wheels as required to help keep the car on the optimum line through corners.
Intervention is subtle and barely noticed by the driver, who benefits from more neutral handling, reduced steering effort and, ultimately, a more rewarding driving experience.
The XE is powered by a range of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines offering a blend of performance, refinement and efficiency from 99g/km CO2 to 155mph. All engines benefit from direct injection, variable valve timing and boosting to deliver clean, quiet combustion and exceptional throttle response. Intelligent stop-start systems and smart regenerative charging save even more fuel. Power is sent to the rear wheels through smooth-shifting 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmissions
Smooth, refined, efficient
Jaguar is launching the new XE with an equally new engine family – Ingenium. This advanced modular design will provide petrol and diesel derivatives and was started from a clean-sheet to deliver performance, efficiency and refinement without compromise.
The first Ingenium engines in the Jaguar XE are 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels with a choice of two power and torque outputs: 163PS/380Nm and 180PS/430Nm. The 163PS version makes the XE the most fuel-efficient Jaguar ever, achieving 75mpg and 99g/km CO2 on the European combined cycle.
Proven over two million miles of testing, Ingenium forms the cornerstone of Jaguar’s future low-CO2 powertrain strategy. It will also meet the most stringent exhaust emissions legislation worldwide.
“The new generation of Ingenium diesel engines are wholly designed and manufactured in-house at our new engine plant in Wolverhampton. No opportunity has been missed in ensuring their design is right on the cutting edge of technical advancement to achieve the highest levels of efficiency, performance and refinement.”
Ron Lee, Group Chief Powertrain Engineer, Jaguar Cars
All Ingenium engines, developed from scratch by Jaguar engineers, are based around a deep-skirt aluminium cylinder block featuring thin-wall, press-fit cast iron liners: these offer the best balance of weight, surface finish, and robustness.
The engine’s split-cooling system, mapped thermostat, and fully variable mechanical water pump enable standing water in the block while coolant circulates through the crossflow channels in the cylinder head. So the engine warms up more quickly, reducing friction and therefore fuel consumption.
Parasitic losses have been cut in other ways too: the electronically-controlled oil pump matches its flow rate according to engine speed, load and temperature, and switchable piston cooling jets operate only when needed.
Variable valve timing has been a feature on all Jaguar petrol engines for many years, and now the technology is making its way into the diesel too: the Ingenium units benefit from a cam phaser on the exhaust side. Variable exhaust valve timing enables more rapid catalyst heating, thereby minimising harmful emissions during the critical warm-up phase.
Fuel is fed to the combustion chambers by an 1,800bar solenoid common rail system. Key attributes are low noise, high efficiency and excellent mixture formation.
Ingenium diesels are characterised by the rapid build-up of torque from very low engine speeds, enabled by highly efficient variable geometry turbochargers. Maximum torque is maintained over a wide rev range, ensuring instantaneous response and strong acceleration whenever the driver demands it.
Performance does not come at the expense of fuel economy: coupled to the six-speed manual transmission, the 163PS/380Nm version delivers the XE’s benchmark 99g/km CO2 efficiency.
In more powerful 180PS/430Nm form, the figures are just as impressive for models equipped with either the manual or automatic transmissions.
Emissions minimised: Clean combustion and advanced aftertreatment
As well as a sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation system, Jaguar’s powertrain engineers have integrated the most advanced exhaust gas aftertreatment technology into the XE: a highly efficient, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system ensures that tailpipe emissions are below the limits set by Euro 6 regulations.
Four-cylinder petrol engines blend performance with efficiency
The petrol engine range begins with the turbocharged, direct-injection, 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. This refined, lightweight powerplant is available in two ratings: 200PS/280Nm and 240PS/340Nm.
Weighing only 138kg, these all-aluminium engines feature twin counter-rotating balancer shafts to cancel-out second order forces, offering the smoothness and power of a naturally aspirated six-cylinder but in a smaller, more efficient package.
An innovative feature is the sheet metal turbine housing integrated into the air-gap insulated exhaust manifold. As well as saving weight, the assembly’s reduced thermal mass means that the catalyst reaches light-off temperature more quickly, reducing emissions. The low-inertia turbine wheel delivers outstanding transient response.
V6 supercharged engine: Power in reserve
For customers demanding superior performance and an exhilarating engine note from idle right up to the redline, there’s the XE S, which shares its supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with the lightweight F-TYPE sports car. This all-aluminium engine is a modular design with takes its core architecture, including the 90° cylinder bank angle, from Jaguar’s acclaimed 5.0-litre V8 power plant.
A balancer shaft ensures that the V6 matches the larger unit for refinement, while the wide vee provides the packaging space for the twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger. Rated at 340PS/450Nm, this engine provides the XE S with truly exceptional acceleration, driveability and performance: 0-60mph takes just 4.9 seconds, and top speed is electronically-limited to 155mph.
Selecting the best: New six-speed manual transmission
The smooth-shifting manual transmission in the new Jaguar XE is characterised by its light, precise gear changes and a wide ratio spread offering a blend of excellent launch performance and quiet, refined cruising.
As well as rewarding keen drivers with its smooth shifts, the transmission also contributes to the XE’s excellent fuel efficiency. Its lightweight aluminium alloy casing reduces weight, while details such as hollow shafts and pocketed gears make the transmission lighter still.
The pursuit of efficiency also meant adopting a semi-dry sump system instead of relying on the usual method of splash lubrication with its inherent parasitic losses. Instead, the oil is separated from the gears by a lightweight polymer baffle and sprayed onto the moving parts by a compact pump.
Optimised eight-speed automatic transmissions
The XE’s aluminium-intensive construction has enabled weight-optimised versions of the benchmark eight-speed ZF 8HP transmission found in XJ and XF saloons to be offered with all petrol and diesel engines, saving around 10kg.
Always offering the right gear for any condition, the transmission ECU monitors driving styles and adapts shift patterns to suit. This intelligent control strategy makes the modes chosen in the Jaguar Drive Control system even more effective. In the high-performance XE S model, the transmission features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts, giving the driver full manual control over gear changes for an even more involving experience.
Advanced driver assistance systems
Jaguar has developed a suite of technologies to make driving safer, more relaxing and more enjoyable. From systems that improve low-speed traction in adverse conditions to smart braking systems which use stereo cameras to scan the road ahead – the XE is the intelligent choice in the midsize segment
Gaining traction: All Surface Progress Control
Making its world debut in the new XE is All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). This unique traction management system, akin to a low-speed cruise control, will give the XE unrivalled all-weather capability among rear-drive cars in the segment.
ASPC is ideal for low-grip surfaces such as snow-covered driveways and ungritted winter roads, and even wet grass. Developed with the input of decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, ASPC can electronically gain traction with far less drama than the driver can achieve.
The system functions between 2mph and 19mph and is activated using the cruise control switches on the steering wheel. Having set the desired speed the driver concentrates on steering – the car takes care of the rest, ensuring smooth progress without skidding and without the driver touching the pedals. Available with automatic transmissions only, ASPC is compatible with all engines. Winter tyres make ASPC even more effective.
Laser Head-Up Display: Information right where it’s needed
A first for Jaguar and for the industry, the XE’s optional Laser Head-Up Display (HUD) projects high-contrast colour images directly in the driver’s line of sight and is smaller and almost a third lighter than existing TFT systems.
The virtual images appear to ‘float’ two metres in front of the driver. Displaying information such as speed, turn-by-turn navigation instructions, traffic signs, and cruise control settings in this way means that the driver’s eyes remain focused where they’re needed most: the road ahead.
Greater contrast means greater resistance to image ‘washout’ in very bright sunlight. Another advantage of laser technology is that the images remain clearly visible should the driver be wearing polarised glasses.
Seeing things clearly: Stereo camera technology
The new XE is one of the first vehicles in the segment to feature a stereo camera. This state-of-the-art sensor provides a 3D view of the road ahead and is at the heart of the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and traffic sign recognition systems.
Mounted in front of the rear-view mirror, the forward-facing stereo camera can detect vehicles up to 100 metres away. If the algorithms in the AEB control module determine that a collision is likely, the brake system is pre-charged and the driver receives a visual warning in the instrument cluster and, if fitted, the head-up display. If no action is taken, full braking force is triggered automatically: the AEB system enables collision avoidance or mitigation at speeds up to 50mph.
The traffic sign recognition system relies on the stereo camera to keep the driver informed of speed limits – including temporary limits which apply in roadworks, for example. To ensure a high degree of system robustness, camera data is always cross-referenced with speed limit information from the navigation system. A driver-selectable function enables subtle notifications if speed limits are exceeded: a ring flashes around the speed limit image, but there is no audible warning.
In addition to road signs, the advanced stereo camera also ‘sees’ the road markings too, and this capability is used by the XE’s lane departure warning system. If the system determines that the vehicle will unintentionally leave its lane, the driver receives haptic feedback through the steering wheel rim.
The stereo camera can also help the driver to see more clearly: intelligent control of the headlights enables greater use of high beam, making night driving safer. By networking the headlight modules to the camera’s image processing algorithms, the optional high beam assist function will automatically dip the beams when oncoming traffic is detected.
Always looking ahead: Adaptive Cruise Control
The new XE’s adaptive cruise control (ACC) makes motorway journeys even more comfortable. A long-range 77GHz scanning radar monitors the road ahead, enabling the car to maintain a pre-set distance from vehicles in front. The ACC system can also initiate emergency braking if it detects an impending collision.
Keeping watch: Blind Spot Monitoring with Closing Vehicle Sensing
The new XE can also be equipped with a system to monitor the area behind the car, making overtaking safer. Medium-range 24GHz radar sensors detect vehicles approaching fast from behind: a flashing icon in the mirrors alerts
the driver of the potential hazard. Once the vehicle enters the blind spot, the icon is shown as a solid.
Slotting into position: Parking made easy
The effort of trying to park in tight spots has become a thing of the past. The new XE can be specified with two semi-automated park-assist functions, which do the hard work for you. The ultrasonic sensors measure the space and, if suitable, will enable the car to steer itself during both parallel and perpendicular (bay) parking manoeuvres – the driver only has to control the brakes and accelerator. An exit-assist function will guide the XE out again.
Backing out of parking spaces can be made even safer with the reverse traffic detection system. The sensors used in the blind spot monitoring system will detect approaching vehicles which may be unseen by the driver and can trigger an alert.
Infotainment and connectivity
From smartphone apps and Wi-Fi to premium audio systems developed with world-renowned experts Meridian – the new XE offers a suite of technologies designed to keep you informed and entertained, making every journey even more of an experience.
Perfectly positioned in the sweep of the fascia, the eight-inch touchscreen is at the heart of the XE’s all-new InControl infotainment system.
The touchscreen features a clear, intuitive user interface designed to give quick, easy access to all features and functions. Voice control makes the system even simpler – InControl responds to plain speech commands without the need to navigate down through menus, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
“In-car technologies in this ever-more connected and fast-paced world are an integral part of your driving experience. With the all-new XE we’re introducing an entire suite of cutting-edge driver aids and entertainment systems. Designed and developed from scratch, they will ensure that every journey you take is simpler, more relaxing, safer, and effortlessly enjoyable.”
Dr Mike Bell, Jaguar’s Global Connected Car Director
Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them – the new XE ensures that drivers stay connected. Jaguar InControl Apps allows users to seamlessly access smartphone apps through the XE’s touchscreen, making it easy to do everything from make a conference call, find a parking space or book a hotel room. Some of the most popular apps include iheartradio, INRIX, Glympse, Stitcher, cityseeker and Parkopedia. An optional feature also allows XE to function as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the internet – the vehicle antenna provides the best possible signal.
Jaguar InControl Remote allows users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car from wherever they are using a specially-designed app. The technology enables a range of functions, from checking how much fuel is in the tank and unlocking the doors, to seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE’s climate control system.
Optional InControl Secure enhances security by providing proactive vehicle monitoring. Should the XE be stolen, the tracking service can work with law enforcement agencies to locate and recover the car.
InControl Protect provides further reassurance: in the unlikely event of a malfunction, it provides optimised Jaguar Assistance, transmitting your location and vehicle diagnostic data to help minimise delays to your journey. Should the unthinkable happen and a collision occurs it will automatically make an SOS call and summon the emergency services.
Sound quality: Premium audio from Meridian
For drivers who just want to sit back and enjoy the music, the new XE brings Meridian audio technology to the segment for the first time. The latest product of the long-standing partnership between Jaguar and British audio experts Meridian, the 11-speaker system includes a powerful subwoofer and was developed specifically for the XE. Unique algorithms guarantee the best possible sound reproduction and tailor the experience to the interior’s acoustics. With such an advanced music and infotainment system, the Jaguar XE will set a benchmark in its class for high quality driver and passenger entertainment that will be very difficult to beat.
Jaguar XE 2.0 Diesel 163 ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Engine capacity (cc) 1,999 Cylinders 4 in-line Valves per cylinder 4; DOHC Bore/ stroke (mm) 83.0/ 92.4 Compression ratio 15.5:1 Fuel injection system 1,800bar common rail Boosting system Single variable geometry turbo Power PS (kW) 163 (120) @ 4,000rpm Torque Nm (lb ft) 380 (280) @ 1,750-2,500rpm Transmission ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic,
PERFORMANCE & FUEL ECONOMY 0-60mph (sec) 7.9 [man] / 7.7 [auto] 0-100km/h / 0-62mph (sec) 8.4 [man] / 8.2 [auto] Top speed mph (km/h) 132 (212) Fuel consumption mpg (litres/100km)
75.0 (3.8) [man] / 71.7 (3.9) [auto] CO2 emissions (g/km)
EU combined cycle
99 [man] / 104 [auto] DIMENSIONS & VOLUMES Length (mm) 4,672 Width inc./ excl. mirrors (mm) 2,075/ 1,850 Height (mm) 1,416 Wheelbase (mm) 2,835 Track front/ rear (mm) 1,607/ 1,608 Kerbweight (kg) From 1,474 [man] / 1500 [auto] Boot volume (litres) 450 / 455 [no spare] Fuel tank capacity (usable) litres 47
Jaguar XE 2.0 Diesel 180 ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Engine capacity (cc) 1,999 Cylinders 4 in-line Valves per cylinder 4; DOHC Bore/ stroke (mm) 83.0/ 92.4 Compression ratio 15.5:1 Fuel injection system 1,800bar common rail Boosting system Single variable geometry turbo Power PS (kW) 180 (132) @ 4,000rpm Torque Nm (lb ft) 430 (317) @ 1,750-2,500rpm Transmission ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic,
PERFORMANCE & FUEL ECONOMY 0-60mph (sec) 7.4 [man] / 7.4 [auto] 0-100km/h / 0-62mph (sec) 7.8 [man] / 7.8 [auto] Top speed mph (km/h) 140 (225) Fuel consumption mpg (litres/100km)
From 67.3 (4.2) [man] / 67.3 (4.2) [auto] CO2 emissions (g/km)
EU combined cycle
From 109 [man] / 109 [auto] DIMENSIONS & VOLUMES Length (mm) 4,672 Width inc./excl. mirrors (mm) 2,075/ 1,850 Height (mm) 1,416 Wheelbase (mm) 2,835 Track front/ rear (mm) 1,602/ 1,603 Kerbweight (kg) From 1,550 [man] / 1,565 [auto] Boot volume (litres) 450 / 455 [no spare] Fuel tank capacity (usable) litres 56
Jaguar XE 2.0 Petrol 200 ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Engine capacity (cc) 1,999 Cylinders 4 in-line Valves per cylinder 4; DOHC Bore/ stroke (mm) 87.5/ 83.1 Compression ratio 10.0:1 Fuel injection 150bar direct injection Boosting system Single monoscroll turbocharger Transmission ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic PERFORMANCE 0-60mph (sec) 7.1 0-100km/h / 0-62mph (sec) 7.7 Top speed mph (km/h) 147 (237) Power PS (kW) 200 (147) @ 5,500rpm Torque Nm (lb ft) 280 (206) @ 1,750-4,000rpm Fuel consumption mpg (litres/100km)
37.7 (7.5) CO2 emissions (g/km)
EU combined cycle
179 DIMENSIONS Length (mm) 4,672 Width inc./excl. mirrors (mm) 2,075/ 1,850 Height (mm) 1,416 Wheelbase (mm) 2,835 Track front/ rear (mm) 1,602/ 1,603 Kerbweight (kg) From 1,530 Boot volume (litres) 450 / 455 [no spare] Fuel tank capacity (usable) litres 63
Jaguar XE 2.0 Petrol 240 ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Engine capacity (cc) 1,999 Cylinders 4 in-line Valves per cylinder 4; DOHC Bore/ stroke (mm) 87.5/ 83.1 Compression ratio 10.0:1 Fuel injection 150bar direct injection Boosting system Single monoscroll turbocharger Transmission ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic PERFORMANCE 0-60mph (sec) 6.5 0-100km/h / 0-62mph (sec) 6.8 Top speed mph (km/h) 155 (250) Power PS (kW) 240 (177) @ 5,500rpm Torque Nm (lb ft) 340 (250) @ 1,750-4,000rpm Fuel consumption mpg (litres/100km)
37.7 (7.5) CO2 emissions (g/km)
EU combined cycle
179 DIMENSIONS Length (mm) 4,672 Width inc./excl. mirrors (mm) 2,075/ 1,850 Height (mm) 1,416 Wheelbase (mm) 2,835 Track front/ rear (mm) 1,602/ 1,603 Kerbweight (kg) From 1,535 Boot volume (litres) 450 / 455 [no spare] Fuel tank capacity (usable) litres 63
Jaguar XE 3.0 Petrol 340 ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Engine capacity (cc) 2,995 Cylinders V6 Valves per cylinder 4; DOHC Bore/ stroke (mm) 84.5/ 89.0 Compression ratio 10.5:1 Fuel injection 150bar spray-guided direct injection Boosting system Twin-Vortex supercharger Transmission ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic PERFORMANCE 0-60mph (sec) 4.9 0-100km/h / 0-62mph (sec) 5.1 Top speed mph (km/h) 155 (250) Power PS (kW) 340 (250) @ 6,500rpm Torque Nm (lb ft) 450 (332) @ 4,500rpm Fuel consumption mpg (litres/100km)
34.9 (8.1) CO2 emissions (g/km)
EU combined cycle
194 DIMENSIONS Length (mm) 4,672 Width inc./excl. mirrors (mm) 2,075/1,850 Height (mm) 1,416 Wheelbase (mm) 2,835 Track front/ rear (mm) 1,602/ 1,603 Kerbweight (kg) From 1,665 Boot volume (litres) 450 / 455 [no spare] Fuel tank capacity (usable) litres 63
Figures are manufacturer’s estimates and are subject to certification
- By: Chris Chin
Lotus’ new CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, is planning some new things, according to CARandDRIVER, who spoke with Gales recently at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
In that interview, Gales told C/D that Lotus plans to cut its expenses, beginning with layoffs and amid a problem with selling Evoras for the 2015 year because the air bags aren’t smart enough. Although tehre will be a gap in sales, Gales said he isn’t particularly worried and if anything, demand for the Evora could rise.
“We are staying with the existing Evora, but making it better,” Gales told C/D. “We made it better by making it faster; secondly, there were practical things that were on the list of improvements like making it easier to get in and out of the car. Thirdly we have an interior that looks different to the current interior, that has been changed in most parts.”
But Gales isn’t all about improving the Evora, he’s also about boosting sales numbers in general. That said, Gales plans to boost global production of Lotus cars to 3,000 cars per year. In comparison, Lotus sold only 1,200 last year.
This obviously means new models, new engines, and even a new platform. In between now and the release of the new cars, the preexisting models will be heavily revised to match the performance of some more popular rivals. Modifications are to ensure on the current platform and more power should be squeezed out of the current engines, possibly with the help of forced induction.
Gales even went as far to liken future Lotus products with the Porsche 911, which has been “developed, redeveloped and enhanced–that’s what we’re going to do with our platform,” he said.
- By: Chris Chin
General Motors is already up its own creek with recalling the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, forcing a stop-sale of their new midsize pickup over improperly wired driver’s side airbags.
The total number of affected vehicles is still under analysis while the problem was found to affect the two-stage deployment function which could be reversed from being hooked up wrong.
Majority of the affected trucks are on the assembly line, so only a small number have landed in the hands of consumers. GM is contacting the customers of affected cars and will fix the car free of charge, while providing a free loaner.
No crashes or injuries have been reported.
For details, check out the press release after the jump.
Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon stop delivery statement
General Motors has told dealers to halt deliveries of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. These vehicles contain driver airbag connections that were wired incorrectly during the manufacturing process. This condition affects the vehicles’ two-stage airbag system by reversing the deployment sequence and disrupting the deployment timing of the driver airbag stages. This condition will cause the driver airbags to not function as designed.
The majority of affected vehicles are being held at the assembly plant or are in transit or unsold at dealerships. GM is working to validate the correction for the condition. Once that service procedure is released to dealers, customer deliveries can resume. A small number of vehicles have been sold.
Customers are being sent a FedEx letter and being contacted by phone to bring their vehicles to dealers as soon as possible. The repair will be done at no change and free loaner vehicles will be available. A safety recall will be conducted but population and other details are not known at this time. GM is aware of no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.
- By: Chris Chin
The Acura NSX is almost here, after what seems to be an eternity of teasers and concepts. It may seem like old news, but the NSX is still on its way and recently, WhatCar spoke to Ted Klaus, the NSX’s chief of development.
In the interview, Klaus explained the NSX once again is built on the concept of being an affordable alternative, at least, in relative to the following, to the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Audi R8 and some others in its class. As an example, the Acura NSX is going to need to be able to be at least on par with the 458 Italia’s 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds.
Check out more news on the Acura NSX.
This mission is the same as the original NSX’s purpose. Back when the first generation was introduced, it was pitched as an exclusive alternative to the mid-engined Ferraris of equal time. Though for the second generation, the NSX should sport a price similar to the Audi R8, at $130,000. Production is will be very limited to keep demand high and the NSX rare.
With this latest report, the 2016 Acura NSX is scheduled to launch in the US sometime next year.
- By: Chris Chin
Source: What Car
Volkswagen may be expanding their R-Line of cars, according to a new report from Australia’s Motoring.com. This doesn’t seem too outlandish considering the fact that performance line branding is an increasingly popular topic, especially among the premium brands.
To follow in their footsteps, more mainstream automakers might be offering the same. Some examples include Toyota and their TRD-modified cars and Nissan’s growing NISMO collection. With Volkswagen, there exists the Scirocco R and the Golf R. But according to Motoring, this could expand to the Passat and the Polo. The outlet supposedly spoke to Volkswagen’s powertrain chief, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser.
These potential Polo R and Passat R models would be destined for the European market and some other markets as well. Also, Volkswagen has a limited history of producing additional and unique R models, such as the incoming Golf R 400 and in the past, a road-going version of the Polo R WRC race car and a Passat R36 in the 2000s.
Though of course, nothing is set in stone and questions still remain as to what would power some of these new R models. But ultimately, the fate of such models is more dependent on the question of whether they’ll sell in numbers large enough to justify a business case–sounds pretty typical. So listen up Volkswagen fans, start shouting!
- By: Chris Chin
Cadillac revealed to be introducing a new nomenclature theme beginning with their new flagship sedan. The new sedan is called the CT6 and not only sets the stage for the first rear-wheel drive luxury sedan from Cadillac in over 20 years, it launches Cadillac’s new naming theme.
The CT name transcends to other models beyond the flagship. For example, the CTS will keep the CT part of its name while the number succeeding the “CT” letters indicates the model’s placement in the lineup in numerical decrements from the CT6. But that not all.
According to Forbes, Cadillac’s new line of crossovers get a name change as well. They’ll be signified by the XT name, followed by a number, much like Cadillac’s new CT theme. The only exception to this rule would be the Escalade, for obvious reasons.
All of these changes are a part of plans set forth by Caddy’s new boss, Johan de Nysschen, who’s also responsible for Infiniti’s confusing and new nomenclature theme.
For Cadillac on the other hand, the new names for the sedans and the crossovers are known, leaving us wondering what the future coupes would be called.
- By: Chris Chin
Buick brought a new midsize crossover to their most productive market, China. It’s called the Envision and was revealed in China more than a month ago.
So far, Buick says the Envision, which sits in between the Encore and Enclave in the portfolio, it was launched in China for China. But rumors have been floating about suggesting the Envision could come stateside. This really shouldn’t be surprising since the crossover is more popular than Justin Bieber. Buick’s Encore and Enclave are pretty popular items so Buick’s Envision would fill in the gap between the two preexisting crossovers.
Click here for our original post on the 2015 Buick Envision.
“We can’t confirm anything, but clearly it is a very nicely designed and executed product that is very much a Buick,”said Duncan Aldred, Buick’s sales chief, in an interview with Edmunds.
Should the Envision come stateside, it would begin selling in the third quarter of 2015 to battle it out against the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Lexus NX, and the Lincoln MKC.
- By: Chris Chin
Aston Martin hasn’t been siding with us all too well since they just want to tease the world of the Middle East’s lucky draw to receive the unique and drop-dead sexy Lagonda sedan. And to make things worse, Aston released some new pictures of the VH platform-based 6.0L V12.
The new Lagonda sedan is extremely limited in production, featuring a hand-built construction and a carbon-fiber exterior. But for the first time in pictures, the world gets a preview of the Lagonda’s interior as well.
Aston’s newly-established Q-branch played a big role in the design and layout of the Rapide-based interior and from the looks of it, the Lagonda appears to have the space of an actual luxury sedan, especially when compared to the rather snug confines of the Rapide.
Deliveries are set to begin at the start of 2015 but until then, most information about the Lagonda, including its 6.0L V12, has been withheld.
- By: Chris Chin
Source: Aston Martin
BBC’s Top Gear UK crew is hitting headlines as of recent following some issues causing political controversy. That said, we start with a quick history lesson.
For those not familiar and without an entire lecture dedicated to the subject, Great Britain and Argentina went to war with each other very briefly in 1982, over the Falkland Islands, just 300 miles away from Patagonia. It ended up being a very tragic with over 1,000 casualties between both sides and at the end of the day, the British retained their rule over the islands. And the Argentinians? Well, they weren’t too pleased and continue to this day to hold a serious gripe against the UK over it.
Their gripe is so serious in fact that when Top Gear was in Argentina filming the new season, they were apparently forced to flee after being attacked by Argentinian locals. What’s the cause?
*Prepare for spoilers…
According to many reports, the three automotive stooges were driving in a Ford Mustang Mach 1, a Lotus Esprit, and a Porsche 928. Jeremy Clarkson was in a Porsche sporting the number plate, “H982 FLK,” which according to some, was enough to get the locals all riled up over the country’s defeat in the Falklands War in 1982. Top Gear’s producer, Andy Wilman, says that claims the number was chosen on purpose to provoke reactions , or even at random when the vehicle were purchased for a program, were both untrue, according to Yahoo.
Top Gear’s production crew claims the plate numbering was coincidental. But coincidence or not, Top Gear was attacked by being pelted with rocks, forcing the crew to cease filming and flee Argentina by three days. Additionally, Jezza was apparently banned by the city of Ushuaia, the city where the crew planned to end their shoot.
Jalopnik was able to snag some supposed video of the trio being stoned. For that, you can check it out below.
- By: Chris Chin
Australia’s CarAdvice recently spoke with Jaguar XE’s program director, Nick Miller, who shared some plans about Jaguar’s new BMW 3-Series competitor.
Click here for more news on the Jaguar XE.
This may not come off as a surprise, but Miller did say the new XE is expected to gain an all-wheel drive version. And as an arch rival to the BMW 3-Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Audi A4, all of which come with all-wheel drive, this seems like a no-brainer inclusion.
Another part of this rumor once again mentions the highly-rumored V8 version of the XE, the new high-performance versions of the XE R and XE R-S. They’re expected to be designed to run with BMW’s M3 and Mercedes-Benz’s C63 AMG. Like reports in the past, the high-performance XE is said to get a 5.0L supercharged V8 straight from the F-Type R shoehorned under the hood.
Otherwise, the XE is set to be launched with Jaguar’s new line of Ingenium gasoline and diesel engines. There’s also word of a possible new 3.0L inline-six, which Miller said could fit in the XE’s engine bay. Should this be true, the new Ingenium six would be Jaguar’s first inline-six since the 1990s–an engine they’re very well-known for. And for those expecting some fuel-mising options, a hybrid XE is currently being developed.
- By: Chris Chin
Chevrolet recently had a moment under the spotlight at the recent State Fair of Texas to reveal their new Z71 package for the current Tahoe and Suburban. In addition to the Z71 off-road package, a new Texas Edition special model was also introduced.
Like Z71 packages of the past and on other GM trucks, the Z71 offers some more off-road flexibility with the Tahoe and Suburban by serving up 18-inch wheels and off-road tires, a specialized grille just for Z71 owners, revised running boards, and usual employment of lots and and lots of Z71 badges.
The Texas Edition Tahoe and Suburban mimic their open-bed Silverado sibling from last year. It includes some unique styling touches and packaging including the usual badging, the standardization of the Tahoe and Suburban trailering package, and the option of 20- or 22-inch wheels for the LT and LTZ models.
For full details, check out the press release below.
Chevrolet Introduces 2015 Tahoe and Suburban Z71
DALLAS – Chevrolet introduced Z71 editions of the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban today at the Texas State Fair. They go on sale this fall.
Synonymous with off-road performance, the Z71 package adds a front skid plate, off-road tires mounted on 18-inch wheels, a unique grille, running boards and “Z71” identification inside and out. Fog lamps, front tow hooks and front parking assist are also included.
“The popular Z71 package enhances the capable look and feel of the new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Marketing. “It gives customers another choice when it comes to selecting the full-size Chevrolet SUV that’s perfect for their lifestyle.”
The Z71 package is available on 2015 Tahoe and Suburban LT models with 4WD, with vehicles produced starting in October. Those vehicles also benefit from additional content added midway through the launch year, including OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging capability and hands-free liftgate operation.
OnStar with 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot is standard on LT and LTZ models. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three gigabyte data trial (whichever comes first), after which the customer can purchase additional data.
The hands-free liftgate and wireless phone charging are included with the available Luxury Package on LT models and they’re standard on LTZ. The hands-free liftgate feature allows a customer with a keyless entry fob to open and close the liftgate by waving his or her foot under a sensor beneath the rear fascia.
With the wireless phone charging feature, a magnetic inductive charging system allows users to place their phone on a small mat in the vehicle, where it charges without the need to plug it in.
Designed for greater capability
The new Z71 package complements a chassis and suspension system engineered to deliver a quieter, more-controlled ride. It all starts on a stronger, fully boxed, perimeter frame, which supports payload and trailering capability that body-frame-integral crossovers and SUVs can’t match.
All models – 2WD and 4WD – feature an updated coil-over-shock independent front suspension design. At the rear is a five-link coil-spring suspension design, which enables optimal ride and handling through more precise tuning. Additional chassis and suspension features include:
- A wider rear track that contributes to a more planted stance
- Shear-style body mounts, which reduce body shake and enhance the feeling of structural stiffness and improve damping performance when compared with previous compression mounts
- Eighteen-inch standard wheels are a half-inch wider than previous models, reducing tire flex for improved cornering performance
- New, electric variable-assist power steering system enhances fuel economy and tailors steering assist to vehicle speed
- New four-wheel-disc brake system with Duralife™ brake rotors that offer up to double the service life
- Available automatic locking rear differential that provides greater traction when needed and greater driving comfort when it’s not.
Tahoe and Suburban LTZ models feature third-generation magnetic ride control – a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control. It “reads” the road every millisecond and changes damping in just 10-15 milliseconds in shocks filled with a magneto-rheological fluid containing minute iron particles. Under the presence of magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance almost instantly.
Z71: A legacy of capability
Chevrolet has long used the Z71 designation as the order code for 4WD or off-road suspension packages on its full-size trucks and SUVs – much like Z28 originally denoted a specific suspension package on the Camaro.
In 1988, the first official special Z71 package appeared on Chevrolet’s new-generation full-size pickup trucks, melding capability-enhancing components such as special shocks and chassis protection equipment with visual distinction, including the iconic Z71 rear fender decals.
As Chevrolet introduced new-generation full-size SUVs for 2000, a special Tahoe Z71 marked the end of production for the previous-generation models. Z71 packages were offered on Tahoe and Suburban in 2001 and have remained in production for most of the last 15 years. On some models, the package was available with 2WD suspensions as well.
In 2013, Z71-equipped models accounted for 10 percent of Tahoe and Suburban sales.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
Special package mirrors Silverado model for the largest Chevy truck market
DALLAS – Deep in the heart of Texas, Chevrolet sells more Tahoe and Suburban models than in any other state and all-new Texas Editions of the SUVs celebrate the Lone Star State’s love for Chevy trucks.
The 2015 Tahoe and Suburban Texas Editions go on sale next month, offered in LT or LTZ trims, and distinguished by exclusive badging. They also feature a special package of options for $2,195 for the LT and $1,095 for the LTZ in addition to the SUVs’ retail prices, including:
- Max Trailering Package, which includes a 3.42 axle ratio and trailer brake controller in addition to the standard hitch receiver and seven-wire harness
- Twenty-inch polished aluminum wheels on LT models
- Twenty-two-inch premium painted aluminum wheels on LTZ models
- Additional nine-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio
- Navigation radio on LT models (it is standard on LTZ.)
“Texas is Chevy truck country and the new Tahoe and Suburban Texas Editions celebrate that passion like Friday night football,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Marketing. “These SUVs are part of the very fabric of Texas life.”
The Tahoe and Suburban are woven into the Texas economy. With combined retail sales in the state up 37 percent for the first eight months of 2014, they’ve not only kept dealers busy, but the workers at the Arlington Assembly plant, where they’re built. The plant marked its 60th anniversary earlier this year and started building the Suburban and Tahoe in 2000. More than 4,500 Arlington employees have been working on three shifts, seven days a week to keep up with the full-size SUV demand.
Since opening in 1954, Arlington Assembly has more than tripled in size and produced nearly 10 million vehicles.
Texas is also the Chevrolet Silverado’s largest market, with nearly 40,000 retail sales for the first eight months of the year. In addition to a Texas Edition of the pickup, Chevrolet earlier announced a special University of Texas version for 2015. Along with the special Texas Edition content, it features an exclusive Sunset Orange Metallic exterior color accented with UT graphics on the rear fenders and tailgate.
Strong sales of the Tahoe, Suburban and Silverado in Texas helped propel a 14-percent increase in national Chevrolet truck sales in August. Tahoe and Suburban had their best retail sales month in six years, while Silverado’s overall sales were also the best since 2008.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
- By: Chris Chin
Following the departure of Ferrari’s former president, Luca di Montezemolo, rumors began surfacing, questioning the future of the Prancing Horse. Some outlets began fearing for the brand’s possible decline, hinted by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne’s apparent desire to boost Ferrari production, introduce more new models and use more turbocharging.
But according to a recent report from AutoCar in the UK, Ferrari is going to maintain its production cap of only 7,200 units annually, versus the previous rumor increasing it tp 10,000 models per year. Additionally, other outlets claimed to have heard of the possibility for a Ferrari SUV. But that too is only a rumor, also turned down by Marchionne.
Marchionne reassured to AutoCar that Ferrari and Fiat are to remain separate entities as “the mixing of their blood would be fatal for both.”
- By: Chris Chin
Big news comes in about the next generation Jeep Wrangler, due as a 2017 model in just a few years.
In a new report from AutomotiveNews, Fiat’s CEO revealed the new Wrangler could ditch its rugged body-on-frame chassis for a unibody setup, and this is bound to get some fans riled up.
Nothing is official, but Marchionne said it would be in a move to keep reducing Jeep’s CAFE rating by using less metal to reduce weight. This is a bit concerning since the Wrangler has remained virtually the same design wise to keep the off-road enthusiasts happy. Making the Wrangler more like a clumsy mall crawler is bound to make a lot of fans angry.
So stay tuned on this latest development.
- By: Chris Chin
During the Paris Auto Show festivities, Mazda confirmed to be equipping the new 2016 Miata MX-5 with a SKYACTIV 2.0L four-banger lifted straight from the Mazda3.
That mill produces 155hp and 150 lb-ft of torque to make other markets drool in envy. Elsewhere in the world, the new Miata receives a 1.5L SKYACTIV four-banger with 99hp and 110 lb-ft of torque. The outgoing Miata currently produces 170hp and 140 lb-ft.
It’s obviously not as much, but the new Miata’s curb weight of around 2,200lbs should offset that power deficit. To put it into another perspective, the outgoing Miata’s power to weight ratio is 68 bhp per US ton for the folding hardtop version, while the new Miata has a better 70 bhp per ton.
- By: Chris Chin
Source: Mazda via AutoBlog
Hennessey loves toying with Mustangs as much as they do Corvettes. So because the 2015 Ford Mustang is all the buzz, Hennessey just couldn’t wait to get their hands on it. And they did.
Meet the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s new arch nemesis: the Hennessey HPE700 supercharged Ford Mustang.
It starts off life as a normal 2015 Ford Mustang GT with the Dearborn’s coveted 5.0L Coyote V8. Thanks in part by the addition of a Roots-type supercharger designed to push 7.25 psi through the intake, 0-60 drops to 3.6 seconds for a quarter mile sprint in just 11.2 seconds trapped at 131 mph.
The supercharger is aided by a high-flow throttle body, heavier duty fuel injectors, a high-pressure fuel pump, a stainless steel exhaust system, and Hennessy’s own ECU reprogramming.
The Hennessey isn’t just all go as the show includes lots of carbon fiber additions like a more aggressive front splitter, side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a new rear spoiler. Bespoke 20-inch wheels sit at all four corners with some super sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport 2 rubbers and enlarged Brembo stoppers.
In the same breathe, Hennessey confirmed to be working on upgrades for the Mustang’s new 2.3L EcoBoost four for an output estimated around 375hp.
For full details, check out the press blast below.
Texas-tuned HPE700 Mustang has firepower to battle Corvette Z06 & SRT Hellcat
Sealy, Texas- Hellcat and Z06, be very afraid. Because when that 2015 Mustang 5.0L with the Hennessey script on its decklid sidles up next to you at the stoplight, it might very well be packing 717 supercharged horsepower. Dig the spurs in, pilgrim, and she’ll bolt to 60 mph in a scant 3.6 seconds. Keep your foot down, and the pressurized Coyote 5.0-liter 4-cammer will blaze to a white-hot 11.2-second quarter mile at 131 mph. It’s ponycar meets supercar.
“We’re very excited about the 2015 Ford Mustang and so are our performance-minded clients,” said John Hennessey. “Our HPE700 Supercharged upgrade will elevate this Motown Missile’s performance to rival some of the fastest European sports cars. We can’t wait to share our specially tuned Mustang with the world!”
“This thing is uncaged, absolutely nuts,” says Hennessey partner Don Goldman. “We’re thrilled to offer a 2015 Mustang that will outperform some of the fastest cars currently offered, at a lower price point.”
Key to that 717 bhp (and the HPE700′s deep well of torque-632 lb-ft at 4400 rpm) is the Roots-type high-helix supercharger packing 7.25 psi of boost. Helping the Coyote V8 breathe more deeply is a high-flow throttle body and stainless-steel exhaust system. Upgraded injectors and fuel pump help feed the V8, under command of Hennessey’s proprietary engine management calibration.
Just 500 units of the HPE700 will be produced for the 2015 Mustang model year. Pricing starts at $59,500 USD including the base 2015 5.0L Mustang GT. But greater personalization and performance can be had by adding options such as CarbonAero carbon-fiber bodywork (front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser and rear lip spoiler), 20-in. Hennessey H10 wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport 2 tires, and a Brembo brake package with 15.1-in. front rotors. As a package, they give the Mustang improved downforce, cornering and braking to keep pace with the colossal supercharged power.
New 2015 Hennessey Mustangs can be ordered through any of AutoNation’s 37 Ford dealerships across America. A high-performance upgrade for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost-powered Mustang is also under development.
* 717 bhp @ 6,600 rpm
* 632 lb-ft torque @ 4,400 rpm
* 0-60 mph: 3.6 sec.
* ¼ mile: 11.2 @ 131 mph
HPE700 Supercharged 5.0L V8 Engine Upgrade
* Roots-style Supercharger System
* Throttle Body Upgrade
* Stainless Steel Exhaust System Upgrade
* Upgraded Fuel Injectors
* Upgraded Fuel Pump
* All Necessary Gaskets & Fluids
* Professional Installation
* HPE Engine Management Calibration
* Dyno Tuning & Road Testing
* Hennessey Exterior Badging
* HPE700 Exterior Badging
* Supercharged Exterior Badging
* Hennessey Premium Floormats
* Serial-Numbered Dash & Engine Plaques
* 3 Year / 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty
* CarbonAero Carbon Fiber Bodywork
* CarbonAero Front Splitter
* CarbonAero Side Sills
* CarbonAero Rear Diffuser
* CarbonAero Rear Lip Spoiler
Wheels & Tires
* Hennessey H10 Lightweight 20-inch wheels
* Michelin Pilot Super Sport 2 tires
Ford has been rumored to be working on a new version of the GT to commemorate Ford’s victory run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1966 to 1969, 50 years ago in 2016.
According to recent reports from Road&Track and MotorTrend, Ford is even talking homologation status as the new GT would even participate at current day Le Mans races. Other details pointing at Ford’s future supercar and motorsports plans included stories of a Ford rep attending recent meetings for 2016 GTE-Class rules and regulations for the world-famous league. Such a class includes the Corvette, the Porsche 911, the Ferrari 458 Italia, and many others.
The new GT is said to continue its mid-engined construction, but what exactly would sit in that spot next to the rear-axle is unknown. MotorTrend claims Ford may announce or even showcase the GT’s new engine at Detroit next January.
Even though you should take that with a grain of salt, it’s still exciting to hear about the return of the Ford GT.
- By: Chris Chin
Aston Martin and Zagato came together to create a unique and one-off model: the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato.
Built specially for a particular European customer in mind, the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato was designed to be “a modern interpretation with design cues of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Volante of the mid 80s,” further emphasizing Aston’s and Zagato’s strong relationship.
The world premiere of the one-off Virage Shooting Brake Zagato takes place at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2014 gathering, where Zagato also plans to celebrate their 95th anniversary.
The Germans are still on their binge of trying to fill in every niche possible, and this latest digital rendering is an example.
The Audi TT just entered its third generation and rumors in the past spoke of Audi’s interest in expanding the TT’s lineup with different bodystyles. The first example we saw of that was the Audi TT Offroad Concept from the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. This latest example implies Audi’s interest in making the TT into a four-door coupe.
But what could be a greater indications that the TT family might actually grow are the similar design cues as the Audi TT Offroad Concept, which means Audi’s attempting to make it as easy as possible to construct various TT variants. Between this sketch and the TT Offroad, the two share very similar roof lines and just basically looks like the TT Offroad minus the off-road ground clearance.
That said, we don’t think it looks half-bad. But what do you egmCarTech’ers think? Ponder about in the comments.
- By: Chris Chin
Get this. The Ferrari 458 Italia and 458 Spider are being recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration not because it’ll spontaneous combust, but because someone could get trapped in the golf hole that they call a trunk.
But really, we wonder, how one could end inside a 458′s tiny boot. Should one be accidentally tempted and abducted in the trunk of a 458, they should be able to escape out of the front by pulling a release. But there is no release. So the NHTSA is instructing all 458s to be retrofitted with an inner trunk release so the captive could open the trunk when the kidnapper is speeding away, it then flies back into the windshield his/her head, and the Ferrari crashes and everyone dies.
Because that makes total and complete sense! I hope you sense my sarcasm, by the way. Owners will be notified by Ferrari and be required to return their cars for modifications. So if you’re planning on abducting anyone in the near future, do not use a Ferrari 458 or you will all be killed. And don’t forget to ignore the ones that say “free candy.”
- By: Chris Chin
Source: CNN Money
BMW is doing some internal work by giving their coveted M Division a new leader. Since 2011 it’s been under the helm of Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, who’s responsible for cars like the new M3, M4 and M5.
Taking his place is former managing director of Audi Quattro GmbH, Franciscus van Meel. This could be a sign of things to come, such as the influx of xDrive all-wheel drive M-cars. All-wheel drive is becoming very popular and more readily available, especially in the luxury performance department after Mercedes-Benz added 4MATIC all-wheel drive to the S-Class and E-Class AMG models.
Although BMW has yet to equip one of their signature models with xDrive, X5 M and X6 M aside, rumors have suggested the addition of all-wheel drive to the next-gen BMW M5.
Franciscus van Meel assumes management of BMW M GmbH
Munich. Franciscus van Meel (48) will take over as Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH from 1 January 2015. He is the successor to Dr. Friedrich Nitschke (59) who will be retiring at the end of the year.
Francisus van Meel, who will already be joining the BMW Group on 1 October, was last active as Managing Directory of quattro GmbH, a subsidiary of Audi AG. Since 1996 he has held various management positions in chassis development and the technical steering of vehicle projects at Audi AG before becoming Managing Director of quattro GmbH in 2012.
Dr. Friedrich Nitschke worked for the BMW Group for a total of 36 years. Since joining the company in 1978 he has held management positions in various company areas before taking over as director of development strategy, steering and testing. From 2007 to 2011 he headed vehicle development of the MINI brand. In 2011 he became Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH. Under his leadership the category BMW M Performance Automobiles was created as well as the new generation of the BMW M3 and BMW M4 models developed.
Dr. Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management for Development: “The position of M GmbH on the market has never been better in the company’s history and it continues to achieve sales record after sales record. Friedrich Nitschke has done outstanding work over the past years and has made a crucial contribution to the success of the company. The entire Board of Management of BMW AG would like to express its gratitude to him.”
- By: Chris Chin