European Car of the Year 2019: Jaguar I-Pace wins COTY by a nose …

The Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV has been crowned European Car of the Year 2019, but only just; the Alpine A110 fractionally lost out in a tiebreaker
Jaguar’s I-Pace battery-electric SUV has won the 2019 Car of the Year award in an incredibly tight contest between it and Renault‘s Alpine sports coupé. Formal voting ended with each car sharing 250 votes apiece; the first time there’s been a draw in the Coty award since it was started in 1964.

In keeping with the rules, the votes were then recounted to see which of the 60 jurors voted each car ahead of the other; with that recount done, the Jaguar came out first with 18 first places ahead of the Alpine’s 16.
This is the first Jaguar to win the award in the Coty’s 55 years and a visibly delighted Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, received the award from jury president Frank Janssen.
“Wow, was that close or what,” said Callum, “thank you very much. I don’t understand why people make such a fuss over battery electric cars winning this award though; this is the future. It’s a whole new Jaguar on a whole new platform and it’s the most exciting car I’ve ever worked on.”

The voting on the seven-strong shortlist was close, with five models taking the lead in the voting announcement which is done in the style of the Eurovision Song Contest, with each country announced at a time in alphabetical order. As well as the Jaguar and the Alpine, Ford‘s Focus, Citroën‘s C5 Aircross and Kia’s Ceed hatchback each held the lead during the count and when the vote went to the last country, the UK, with six judges including yours truly, the leading vehicle was Kia’s Ceed with 234 votes.

THE AWARD-WINNING ALL-ELECTRIC JAGUAR I‑PACE

* * * Every Jaguar vehicle feels like no other car on the road. Moving to all-electric power doesn’t change this. Built from the ground up, the New Jaguar I‑PACE is a pure Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). Thrilling to look at and drive.
ALL NEW JAGUAR MODELS ARE BACKED BY JAGUAR ELITECARE, OUR BEST-IN-CLASS COVERAGE*.
• New Vehicle Limited Warranty
• Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance
• 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
• Jaguar InControl® Remote & Protect TM

DIMENSIONS

* * * The I‑PACE has a compact footprint from the outside but exceptional space within. There are five full seats, innovative storage, a substantial rear cargo space of over 25.3 cubic feet and 0.95 cubic feet in the front storage compartment.

POWER

* * * The I‑PACE is propelled by two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors. Similar to the technology found in the I‑TYPE Formula E racing car, these motors generate 394 HP and 512 Lb-Ft of torque.

CHARGING

* * * With a 50 kW DC rapid charger — the kind found at most public charging stations — the I-PACE can achieve a 0-80% charge in 85 minutes.*
*Note: Actual charge times may vary according to environmental conditions and available charging installation.

INCENTIVES

* * * I‑PACE owners receive the financial benefits electric vehicle ownership affords. Incentives that make day-to-day driving more convenient and cost-effective can include government grants, lower road taxes, reduced city-center tolls and easy access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes.12
Thrilling to look at and drive, easy to live with and connected like never before. Make it yours today.

MOVING LINES

* * * Featuring an elegant, highly aerodynamic design with a low-drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd, the I‑PACE has been created to provide efficiency by slicing cleanly through the air for maximum range and stability. The I‑PACE offers excitement from every angle thanks to its flowing waistline, dramatic hood scoop and signature rear haunches.

INNER PEACE

* * * The I‑PACE seamlessly integrates technology and abundant space. The interior design is clean and uncluttered, with tactile features and sweeping lines. The nature of the electric powertrain offers additional space, providing more freedom to maximize the comfort provided by the I‑PACE interior.

ALWAYS IN CHARGE

* * * The Touch Pro® Duo infotainment system in the I‑PACE makes it simple to control all the car’s technologies. 4G Wi-Fi capability is standard and a host of connectivity features mean it’s easy to keep in touch with your digital world.5, 9

NEW I-PACE S KEY FEATURES

* * * 18″ 15-Spoke ‘Style 1022’ Alloy Wheels
LED headlights
8-Way Semi-Powered Luxtec Sports Seats
Touch Pro® Duo, Interactive Driver Display and Meridian™ Sound System5
Park Package Including Park Assist, 360° Parking Aid and Rear Traffic Monitor4
Connectivity Features Include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot)7,9 and Stolen Vehicle Locator

NEW I-PACE SE

* * * A hyper‐modern form with advanced driver assistance features.
Base MSRP from $75,8501
KEY FEATURES
20″ 6-Spoke ‘Style 6007’ Alloy Wheels
Premium LED Headlights with Signature Daytime Running Lights
10-Way Grained Leather Sports Seats with Memory
Touch Pro® Duo, Interactive Driver Display and Meridian™ Sound System5
Drive Package Including Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and High-speed Emergency Braking4, 11
Connectivity Features include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot)7,9and Stolen Vehicle Locator

NEW I-PACE HSE

* * * The height of I‑PACE technology and electric luxury in an assertive, exquisitely styled package.
Base MSRP from $80,5001
KEY FEATURES
20″ 5-Spoke ‘Style 5068’ Alloy Wheels with Diamond Turned Finish
Premium LED Headlights with Signature Daytime Running Lights
18-Way Windsor Leather Heated and Cooled Front Sports Seats with Heated Rear Seats
Touch Pro Duo, Interactive Driver Display and Meridian™ Surround Sound System5
Driver Assist Package including Blind Spot Assist, 360° Surround Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist and High-Speed Emergency Braking 4,11
Connectivity features include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot)7,9 and Stolen Vehicle Locator

NEW I-PACE FIRST EDITION

* * * With exclusive design details and high specification features as standard, the I‑PACE First Edition captures the spirit of the I‑PACE Concept.
Base MSRP from $85,9001
KEY FEATURES
20″ 5 Split-Spoke ‘Style 5070’ Alloy Wheels in Technical Grey with Polished Finish
Premium LED Headlights with Signature Daytime Running Lights
18-Way Windsor Leather Heated and Cooled Front Sports Seats with Heated Rear Seats
Heated Steering Wheel
Extended Windsor Leather Upgrade
Light Oyster Suedecloth Headlining
First Edition Gloss Charcoal Ash Wood Veneer
Touch Pro Duo7, Interactive Driver Display5 and Head-Up Display4
Meridian™ Surround Sound System
Driver Assist Package including Blind Spot Assist, 360° Surround Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist and High-speed Emergency Braking4,11
Adaptive Dynamics4
Adaptive Surface Response4
Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting
Four-zone Climate Control
Activity Key
Connectivity Features include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot)7,9 and Stolen Vehicle Locator

European Car of the Year 2019 award will provide a much-needed boost for JLR, which has recently laid off workers and has suffered poor sales of its conventional-engined models. It will also reinforce a new direction for the company to concentrate on battery electric vehicle in future.
The zero-emission SUV from Jaguar and the lightweight sports car produced by Alpine of France beat the Ford Focus into third position.
Then came the Citroen C5 Aircross, the Peugeot 508, the Kia Ceed and the Mercedes A-Class.
The European Car of the Year award is a long-running institution established in 1964 as the definitive award for car buyers on the Continent. Each year, a jury of 60 expert voters from 23 European countries convene to choose a single winner from all the mainstream cars recently released in Europe, regardless of their country of origin.
Every jury member has 25 points to distribute among the shortlist, and must award points to at least five cars. He or she may not award more than ten points to any one car, nor may he or she award ‘joint first’ to two models. These votes made public, as are the jury member’s reasoning behind them.

PERFORMANCE

* * * Top speed (mph) 124
Acceleration 0‑60 mph (secs) 4.5
RANGE AND CONSUMPTION EPA Estimated Range (miles) Up to 23410
POWERTRAIN Battery (kWh) 90
Maximum power (hp) 394
@ rpm 4,250
Maximum torque (lb-ft) 512
@ rpm 0
Transmission Auto
Charge Time – Level 2 – 0-80% (hours) / 0-100% (hours) / DC 50 kW – 0-80% (mins) 10.1 / 12.9 / 85

WEIGHT

* * * Weight from (lbs) 4,784
Gross vehicle weight (from – lbs) 5,886

DIMENSIONS

* * * LENGTH (in) 184.3
OVERALL HEIGHT (in) 61.3
FRONT WHEEL TRACK (in) 64.7 (18″ Wheel)
REAR WHEEL TRACK (in) 65.5 (18″ Wheel)

TURNING CIRCLE (ft)

* * * Turning Circle (ft) 39.3
FRONT WHEEL TRACK Ground clearance fully laden (in) 5.6
Front wheel track (in) 64.7 (18″ Wheel)
HEIGHT Overall Height (in) 61.3



* * * VEHICLE LENGTHS Overall length (in) 184.3
Wheelbase (in) 117.7
VEHICLE WIDTHS Front Track (in) 64.7 (18″ Wheel)
Rear Track (in) 65.5 (18″ Wheel)
Overall width with mirrors folded (in) 74.6
Overall width including mirrors (in) 84.2
Trunk/Cargo Volume (cu. Ft.) 25.3 / 51 with rear seat folded

OPTIONS AND JAGUAR GEAR

* * * With the exceptional collection of options and Jaguar Gear, you can create the finest I‑PACE in the world: Yours.
aguar vehicle accessories and options let you personalize the I‑PACE according to your taste, your lifestyle and your interests. The most popular are grouped into three convenient packages: Exterior Carbon Fiber Package, Black Exterior Package and Cold Climate Package. Build your own I‑PACE and browse the online accessories catalogue to view the full range.
EXTERIOR PACKAGE OPTIONS
Add another distinctive edge to the design of the I‑PACE with these exterior packages.
COLD CLIMATE PACKAGE
This package includes heated washer jets, a heated windshield and heated steering wheel.

ILLUMINATED JAGUAR FRONT GRILLE BADGE
The optional illuminated front grille badge creates stunning exterior styling. The badge illuminates when the I‑PACE is unlocked, when the vehicle’s doors are open and the interior lights are on. The illumination goes out when the vehicle is started.
CARBON FIBER GRILLE SURROUND
Stunning high-grade Carbon Fiber front grille surround, featuring a twill weave with a High Gloss finish, provides a premium exterior styling upgrade to highlight the dynamic capabilities and performance-inspired styling of the Jaguar I‑PACE.

CARBON FIBER MIRROR COVERS
Featuring a twill weave and a High Gloss lacquered finish, High grade Carbon Fiber mirror covers provides a performance-inspired styling enhancement coupled with weight benefits associated with carbon fiber.

SPORTS PEDALS
Made from stainless steel and rubber, the Pedal Kit fits securely over existing pedals for a contemporary, sporting appearance.
PERSONALIZED ILLUMINATED TREADPLATE
Elegantly styled stainless steel sill treadplate finisher for driver or passenger doors. Illuminates when either the driver or passenger doors are opened.
LUXURY CARPET MATS
Luxurious, tailored front carpet mats with embossed Jaguar logo and Nubuck edge binding. The premium mats provide a well-appointed finishing touch to the interior.

CLICK AND GO RANGE

* * * Click and Go is a compact storage system that fits on the back of the front seat headrests. It includes a headrest mounted coat hanger to help keep clothes wrinkle free. For rear entertainment, a removable tablet holder can be easily positioned at multiple angles. Click and Hook is a universal hook that creates extra storage space to hang items such as bags.
IPHONE® CONNECT AND CHARGE DOCK
Designed to allow visibility of your phone* while charging, the iPhone connect and charge dock utilizes the cup holder space in the central console. When connected, the iPhone’s media is accessible and has the ability to be controlled via the integrated in-car infotainment system.

ROOF CROSS BARS

* * * Cross bars enable the use of a wide range of roof carrying accessories. The I‑PACE cross bars feature a new and unique quick release mechanism allowing the cross bars to be easily fitted or removed without the use of tools.

REAR MOUNTED CYCLE CARRIER

* * * An easy-to-fit, rear mounted, lockable cycle carrier for one bike. Maximum load capacity 66 lbs (maximum 2 x 33-lb bikes).

WATER SPORTS CARRIER

* * * A versatile system for transporting a variety of sports equipment including a surfboard, kayak or sailboard.
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The greatest auto innovations of 2018

The greatest auto innovations of 2018

Few innovations thrill us more than the ones we drive. When you consider an electric supercar that snaps back your head with acceleration or a set of tungsten-coated brakes that’ll have you straining against your seatbelt faster than you can say “internal combustion engine,” it’s easy to conclude 2018 was a heckuva year for the road-going brilliance.

I-Pace by Jaguar

* * * Grand Award Winner
The first truly off-roadable electric vehicle
Jaguar’s I-Pace is an astonishing ride: It’ll rocket you to 60 mph in 4.5 silent seconds thanks to its 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque, delivered through electric motors mounted on each axle. But this machine truly shines away from the pavement: It’ll scamper gamely over rocks with its all-wheel-drive traction system (which senses both what it’s driving over and how much traction that surface affords), ford water 19.7 inches deep without damaging its 90-kilowatt-hour battery, and climb and descend steep slopes. Its electrified version of off-road cruise-control allows the car to manage both throttle and braking through snow, mud, or sand, up or down slopes, and at speeds between 2 and 18 mph. Instead of worrying about what gear you should be in and how much power to apply, the driver just needs to focus on steering and enjoying the ride. With high-speed charging—reaching 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes via a 100-kilowatt direct-current fast charger—it’s truly one of the most evolved and capable electric vehicles to arrive. It starts at $69,500.

C_Two by Rimac

* * * The fastest electric car
There’s not a single figure associated with this car that isn’t awesome: 1,914 horsepower, 258 mph, 1.9 seconds to 60 mph, 1,700 pound-feet of torque. The fact that all of this comes via four zero-emission electric motors—one at each wheel—seems almost an afterthought. While eco-conscious hypercar enthusiasts rave about green bona fides, performance junkies can ponder the experience of the car’s speed and handling, delivered through an all-wheel-drive system that lets you select how much power you want at either end of the car. Dial it all toward the back for maximum adventure through the turns, or keep a healthy dose flowing to the front tires for more grip. Though very much a driver’s car, this wicked-looking auto is also a docile touring machine when needed, with roomy luggage capacity, a comfy ride, and semi-autonomous capability to help you relax between Alpine bombing runs. It’ll cost you about $2,000,000.

Echo Auto by Amazon

* * * Alexa, take a ride with me
Amazon’s smart speaker hits the road. Plop this flat, $50 rectangle on your dash, and its eight microphones will pick out your voice over music and road noise when you ask for news, music, directions, what’s next on your calendar, or any of Alexa’s other 50,000 tricks (and counting). The coolest part, though, is its ability to perform location-specific actions. The device can execute commands automatically as you reach a particular place. Get it to play “The Imperial March”—you know, Darth Vader’s theme—when you pull into the parking lot at work.

EV charging by Electrify America

* * * Quick charging through a skinny cable
Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America plans to significantly juice the U.S.’s electric-vehicle-charging infrastructure with a trick bit of tech that will make powering your ride easier and faster. A liquid-cooled cable lets copious juice flow (up to 350 kilowatts of eco-machine-charging power) without overheating. This sort of capability could deliver 300 miles of range in just 15 minutes. Thanks to that cooling maneuver, the cable is so thin and light that EV owners won’t need a lifting belt to plug it in. The group plans to invest $2 billion in hundreds of charge stations around the country. It’s an effort that, we need to note, sprang directly from VW’s diesel scandal settlement.

RDX Intuitive True Touchpad Interface by Acura

* * * Infotainment control that finally makes sense
Using touchpads to control audio and navigation in cars is never easy—you can spend more time hunting for the cursor than you do cueing up the next track. This is all, of course, while reaching uncomfortably and staring at the screen rather than the road. Acura’s solution: “absolute positioning.” When you touch the pad, the corresponding area of the dash-mounted screen activates. So you simply tap the pad as though you’re tapping straight onto a twin of the display, one that happens to be conveniently located on the center console instead of under your windshield. You can even use it with gloves on.

E-Tron Virtual Mirrors by Audi

* * * A new way to look back
Despite U.S. regulators’ reluctance to approve digital side mirrors, this $75,000 Audi is plowing forward with the idea—overseas, at least. The system replaces conventional exterior mirrors with small cameras mounted on angled columns, resulting in a super-efficient 0.28 drag coefficient and making Audi’s electric the slipperiest SUV on the road. Inside the cabin, bright OLED screens tucked into the door sill show vivid images of the view behind you, and touch controls allow you to aim and zoom the “mirrors” for the optimal view. The cameras adapt to changing lighting conditions to ensure consistency and image legibility. It takes about 15 seconds to get used to the tech, then you never want to go back.

Super Cruise by Cadillac

* * * Safe hands-off driving
Super Cruise is, simply put, the best semi-autonomous driving mode out there. Available on the 2018 CT6 and later, it’s the first system that lets you keep your hands off the wheel for extended periods, as long as your eyes stay on the road. The camera-and-radar-based system monitors traffic and keeps clear of maneuvering cars, while an internal lens monitors your gaze to ensure you’re paying attention. If your mind wanders—or the car requires you to take over for any reason—it’ll alert you to re-engage.

Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) by Porsche

* * * Brakes that stop—and look—way better
Carbon-ceramic disc brakes deliver the ultimate in stopping power, but holy guacamole are they expensive. This latest tech from Porsche delivers a middle ground: better-but-not-quite-race-leading performance at less than half the price ($3,490, if you’re counting). The key is an ultra-hard 0.1-mm tungsten-carbide coating over an iron disc. The tungsten brakes generate 90 percent less dust—ending the eternal bane of Sunday-morning wheel scrubbers everywhere—have a 30-percent longer service life than conventional brakes, and offer increased friction for better control. Bonus: The discs acquire a slick mirror-finish as the miles accumulate.

MBUX by Mercedes-Benz

* * * An infotainment system you will actually use
Truly good infotainment systems are rare, but this one from Mercedes sets a standard. MBUX, which debuts in the new A-Class sedan, uses artificial intelligence—trained over countless hours studying human language and behavior patterns—to learn the driver’s preferences and understand the specific way they talk. Instead of some dinky cheap chip, the Benz relies on a six-core Nvidia processor and an Nvidia Parker 128 graphics card to ensure screen touches and swipes are instantaneous and precise. Maybe now you won’t just prop your phone up in front of the nav system’s screen.

QX50 Variable Compression Turbo Engine by Infiniti

* * * The shape-shifting engine
Compression ratio—how hard the pistons squeeze the mix of air and fuel in your cylinders—is one of an engine’s defining characteristics. High compression delivers that kick off the line or the ability to pull a heavy load from a standstill. But you don’t always need that much power. Gearheads have dreamed of tweaking compression since internal combustion first roared to life, and Infiniti’s engineers have spent two decades on the problem. They finally nailed it. Their solution: Adjust the reach of the pistons within the cylinders via linkages on the connecting rods and crankshafts that drive the pistons up and down. When the car’s computer calls for performance, the pistons travel farther up the cylinders and create higher compression. If the system doesn’t need the extra oomph, it holds the pistons back, saving fuel. The result: compression ratios that can nearly double when you need extra power, generating up 268 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Ranger by Ford

* * * The smallest new pickup truck—finally!
We’d be crazy about the reborn Ford Ranger—the first new U.S. model since 2011—just for the fact that it’s an affordable, compact pickup available stateside. (Europe gets all the cool, small haulers!) But this truck gets even better, packing a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine similar to the one you’ll find in the new Mustang, as well as automatic emergency braking standard on all trim levels. The tech suite doesn’t end there: On the XLT and Lariat trim packages, blind-spot monitoring can keep tabs on whatever you’re towing, and its lane-departure warning will ease your transition into Truck Life.

Formula E Battery Pack by McLaren Applied Technologies
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* * * This battery will make electric racing soooooo much better
Formula E, now in its fourth season, will gets a major upgrade this December: a new battery pack. So what? Well, previous packs couldn’t last an entire 50-minute race, so pitstops involved drivers getting out of their cars and hopping into fully charged rides. This looks, erm, awkward, and it’s kept a lot of major teams from entering the racing series; they didn’t want to be associated with an electric car that couldn’t go the distance. The new 54-kilowatt-hour packs (almost twice as powerful as the old ones) use a top-secret (it is racing, after all) cooling system that keeps them below 167 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature threshold beyond which the cells would begin to break down.
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