Jaguar updates model range with new engines and technology
Jaguar has announced a range of enhancements to its model range, including a new low emissions engine for the F-Pace. The updates come on the back of a strong start to the year for Jaguar in the UK. More than 2,694 vehicles made their way onto UK driveways in January, an increase of 20% on January 2016, giving the brand its best January UK performance ever. In 2016 Jaguar sold more vehicles in the UK than ever before, surpassing a 12 year old record. The popularity of the XE, XF and F-Pace were key in helping the brand to retail 34,728 vehicles in the UK last year, a 17% climb on 2015. Engines A pair of all-new four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines join the range alongside a high-output 240ps diesel powerplant. In addition, F-Pace benefits from an efficient new E-Performance diesel derivative with 163ps, which promises CO2 emissions as low as 126g/km and fuel economy of 59.2mpg. The 240ps diesel is the first four-cylinder engine from Jaguar to feature twin turbocharging and will be badged 25d. The new 200ps and 250ps 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines will only be available in the XE and XF. Driving dynamics The 2018 model year XF and XE deliver greater scope for customers to personalise the driving experience thanks to Configurable Dynamics being offered as a standalone feature. The system allows drivers to set up the vehicle to suit their personal preference by choosing Normal or Dynamic settings for the engine, gearbox and steering. The chosen combination is activated by engaging ‘Dynamic’ mode using the chequered flag button on the central console. Comfort and convenience The adjustable front seats in F-PACE and XF have been boosted with the availability of winged headrests. The new designs feature powered height adjustment with manual side wing supports. Dual View technology is introduced across all three models, allowing the driver and front passenger to view different infotainment displays using the central 10-inch Touchscreen display. The clever InControl technology is available when Touch Pro is specified and allows the driver to follow satellite navigation instructions while the passenger uses the same display to view USB or TV outputs. Gesture bootlid, which allows handfree tailgate operation, is also now available on the XE and XF for the first time. Safety F-Pace, XF and XE models now feature a pair of new technologies. Forward Traffic Detection: part of the surround camera system, is designed to assist when forward visibility is restricted. Using a discreet forward-facing camera in the grille, the system detects items crossing the path of the vehicle and provides a visual warning on the central screen when a potential hazard is detected. Forward Vehicle Guidance is fitted as part of the Surround Camera System and helps drivers to place the vehicle when completing low speed manoeuvres. Working in conjunction with the front parking sensors the system provides a visual representation of the vehicle overlaid with wheel projections showing the alignment of the steering. Drivers can see the parking distance reading on the central screen, taking the stress out of tight manoeuvres.