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Jaguar I-Pace – Setting the Pace for Performance SUVs

Jaguar I-Pace Setting the Pace for Performance SUVs

Jaguar is one of the most recognized car brands in the world. Even though the ownership of the carmaker exchanged many hands, including the Ford Motor Company and now Tata Motors, the Jaguar brand remains stronger than ever.  With the popularity of electric vehicles (EV), such as Tesla and the Chevy Bolt, it’s about time we see a company like Jaguar take a go at the EV market. But Jaguar is not introducing any type of EV. It might be a direct hit against the Tesla Model X, but the Jaguar I-Pace is also an all-electric performance SUV with some amazing specs.

The Engine

One of the best features of the Jaguar I-Pace is its performance. The car comes with two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, which generate 394 Horsepower and 512 Lb-Ft of torque sending the performance SUV to 60 Mph in 4.5 seconds. The power is instantaneous, fun to use and best of all: silent.

Charging and Range

Jaguar claims that the battery can be charged to 80% in 45 minutes when charged at a 100kw charging station. There are plenty of those around, but if you happen to be at a 50Kw charging station, then the charge time increases to 90 minutes, and a normal home charge will take an entire day.  A full charge will get you 240 miles, which is great but around 50 miles less than the Tesla Model X.

Exterior and Interior

The exterior of the I-Pace is hauntingly similar to the Tesla Model X, but with a much fiercer looking grill. And just like the Jaguar F-Pace, the exterior of the I-Pace is well-designed, aggressive, and sporty.

From the interior, The material used is very luxurious as any other Jaguar. The view from the driver’s side is nice, and it is designed well to help you see everything outside the vehicle. Jaguar even included 360 degrees surround cameras (HSE version).

Of course, being an all-electric vehicle, there is a digital driver’s display. The software updates entirely through an Internet connection without the need to visit the dealer (like Tesla). Also, the main system infotainment screen is not nearly as large as the displays found in Tesla models. Additionally, the screen seems to pick up light reflections which make it hard to see from certain angles. Thankfully, there are many places in the car with roomy storage, but the main glove box is very small. However, there are nice storage spaces on the back seats made explicitly for tablets.

In the back of the car, there is plenty of leg room and head room for tall passengers. There are also many USB and 12V charging stations for people (kids) to stay occupied with their devices. The trunk is huge and has more room than the F-Pace. And if you lay the back seats down, you increase the storage space even more.

Drivability

The Jaguar I-Pace is quiet and smooth, yet very powerful. There are settings available for engine noise if that suits your taste. The car has an all-wheel-drive (AWD), adaptive dynamics, and adaptive surface response which helps for off-roading. Furthermore, the I-Pace has been tested on different racing tracks and has been optimized for “hard driving.”

The price of the Jaguar I-Pace will be $10,000 less than the Tesla Model-X, but it is not a lesser vehicle. Even though the I-Pace is Jaguar’s first try at an all-electric vehicle, plenty of customers will be thrilled to own one.

At the European Service Center, we have been servicing Jaguar and other European vehicles for over 35 years. Our highly trained ASE certified service technicians have the tools to inspect, diagnose and repair any issue you may have with your Jaguar. Schedule your appointment today!

Brake Repair Services

Brake Repair

The use for brakes naturally arose when humans began traveling using transportation techniques other than their legs. Whether it is by land, air or sea, the need for brakes mitigates the risk of accidents which cause injuries and even death. With the popular rise of the automobile in the United States, accidents became a daily occurrence. However, two things occurred which increased fatalities: 1.) High-speed highways became the norm, and 2.) Vehicles became cheaper but more powerful.
Since fatalities from car accidents were on the rise, society realized that safety standards need to be developed and enforced to protect consumers. So, by 1970, the National Highway Traffic Administration was formed to combat the rise in fatalities and instill a culture of “safety first” in automobile design.
Recently, the NHTA is now adding the need for an Automatic Emergency Braking feature to qualify for a 5-star rating. So, having a well-designed braking system is a big part of an overall process of avoiding injury from car accidents. But how do car brakes work?

How Brakes Work

Understanding how brakes work will help you look out or any irregularities in your braking system, therefore increasing safety on the road for everyone. The braking systems of today use multiple sensors and electronics to stop a car as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, the primary braking system is still used.
When you press the braking pedal, that pressure moves a piston in the master cylinder, forcing braking fluid to enter the brake lines to the calipers and wheel cylinders. The force applied to the brake pedal is therefore proportional to the force applied to the pistons.
The calipers in disk brakes and wheel cylinders in drum brakes are connected to disk pads and braking shoes respectively. The pistons push the disk pads or braking shoes onto the rotor or wall, causing friction and resulting in the decreased rotation of the wheel.

Components of the Braking System

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Braking systems include either disk brakes or drum brakes. Disk Brakes are comprised of a disc/rotor, calipers, disk pads and hardware necessary to mount the components to the car. The caliper is connected to the hoses and wires that send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.
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Drum brakes are comprised of a drum/braking plate, brake shoes, a wheel cylinder, and hardware to mount the components. The wheel cylinder is connected to the hoses and wires send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.

Braking Fluid

Water used to be used as a braking fluid in the past. However, the braking process causes temperatures to rise past the boiling point of water. This causes water to vapor resulting in brake failure.
Braking fluid is a hydraulic fluid with a high boiling point. Hydraulic fluids are used to transfer power, in this case, from the pedal to the calipers and cylinders while surviving high temperatures caused by braking. Braking fluid also protects against corrosion of systems it comes in contact with.

When to Schedule your Car for Brake Services

This is what to look for to bring your car in for brake services:
  • Noise or grinding coming from the brakes
  • Brake pedal feels spongy or soft when pressed
  • Car veers a certain way when the brakes are pressed
  • Brake fluid level in the master cylinder is low
  • Brake system Warning Lamp is on

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