As promised, Jaguar has revealed the all-new E-Pace crossover, adding a smaller option to its growing SUV lineup. A new Jag SUV is a noteworthy event in itself, particularly given what we know about the gorgeous F-Pace, and Jag decided to give it some extra pop, sending the E-Pace soaring onto the scene with a world record barrel roll. It was a pretty cool feat, but we’re really more excited by the idea of a Jaguar utility vehicle under US$40K.
Since the F-Pace debuted in 2015, we’ve considered it the benchmark in terms of successful premium utility vehicle styling. Very few SUVs have ever had that feeling of “want at first sight” the F-Pace inspires.
So naturally, the first thing we wondered when we heard about the E-Pace: Does it have its big brother’s looks?
Jaguar wants the world to think of the five-seat E-Pace as a sports car with utility vehicle space and practicality, which means its design team drew from both the F-Pace and F-Type. The E-Pace clearly shares facial features with both vehicles, its front layout of grilles and vents following the F-Pace, its headlights, the F-Type.
The E-Pace’s roof arches gently back to a sporty spoiler before giving way to an angled rear windshield and sharp-dropping rear fascia. At the sides, the teardrop-like window design follows from the F-Type coupe.
Instead of the smoother, subtler rear fenders of the F-Pace, the E-Pace is grounded on pronounced, chiseled rear muscles, creating a slightly aggressive presence from virtually every angle. These fenders taper back into the sharp LED taillights. The rear fascia includes a lower mesh ventilation strip pinned at the ends by dual exhaust tips.
We still prefer the long, slender figure and gentler lines of the F-Pace, but the E-Pace does hit the eye as a sporty AWD hatchback built for much more than just taking the family camping. Its side view makes us want to swing the door open, take the wheel and follow the long, windy way to camp – the rest of the family can find their own way there, gear-loaded trailer in tow.
A ride for all conditions
The E-Pace’s strong rear haunches hint at a possible rear-wheel drive, but the contrast arch trim suggests AWD – so which is it?
The US-market E-Pace comes as all-wheel drive only, and the only other option in the UK is a front-wheel drive. Jaguar’s available Active Driveline technology splits torque based on conditions, and under normal conditions, it aims for a sporty feel. The torque sent to the rear axle is split out to the two wheels via two independent electronically controlled wet-plate clutches. These clutches can direct up to 100 percent of the torque to one wheel or the other within 100 milliseconds.
In more demanding conditions, the Active Driveline AWD splits torque based on input from the sensors reading conditions every 10 milliseconds. For instance, in slick conditions, the system will adjust torque to minimize slip and maintain vehicle stability. During cornering, it will distribute more torque to the outside wheels to keep handling on point. It can also lock both rear clutches, acting like a locking rear differential.
During steady cruising, the Active Driveline system can cut power to the AWD all together, increasing efficiency by letting the front wheels drive alone.
The Active Driveline system is available with the flagship 296-hp four-cylinder engine, which puts out 295 lb-ft. Also available to US buyers is a 246-hp/269 lb-ft four-cylinder, which comes with a more basic Standard Driveline. Both gas engines belong to Jaguar Land Rover’s all-aluminum, turbocharged 2.0-liter Ingenium family and come paired with a ZF nine-speed automatic transmission. The 296-hp model makes the 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) dash in 5.9 seconds.
UK buyers will also have the option of three Ingenium diesels and a six-speed manual.
The E-Pace’s available adaptive dynamics suspension uses continuously variable damper technology to deliver optimal response and a sharp ride. It monitors vehicle movements every 2 milliseconds and calculates damping force every 10 milliseconds, reacting to changes to maintain precise driver control and minimize body roll. Normal and Dynamic settings are available, and the system is also tuned for quick reaction to off-road conditions.
The JaguarDrive Control system offers four different modes – normal, dynamic, eco, and rain/ice/snow. These modes fine-tune not only the suspension, but also settings related to the throttle response, steering and transmission.
Other standard and available systems include dynamic stability control, electronic traction control, torque vectoring by braking, and low-speed, low-traction all-surface cruise control. Driver-assistance technologies include hill start assist, blind spot assist, forward traffic monitor, park assist and emergency braking.
While Jaguar seems to have things covered nicely on the styling and performance fronts, crossover buyers also want to know that the vehicle has space and versatility. Inside the lift-gate with available gesture control opening and closing, the E-Pace offers up to 52.5 cu ft (1,487 L) with the rear seats folded and 24.2 cu ft (685 L) with them upright. The 60:40 split folding seats help drivers find the necessary blend of passenger and cargo space. Jaguar credits the 105.6-in (2,681 mm) wheelbase and compact Integral Link rear suspension with helping in space optimization.
Up front, Jaguar points out that you can go ahead and lay two 1-liter water bottles in the 8.4-liter center console compartment and still have plenty of room for other stuff. Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to do that, you can also equip the E-Pace with a smaller 5.9 L compartment and cupholders.
The E-Pace carries Jaguar’s latest 10-in touchscreen-based InControl Touch Pro infotainment system standard. An available 12.3-in full-color digital instrument panel shows driver information, including 3D satellite navigation mapping.
The E-Pace becomes the first Jaguar to get the option of a new-generation head-up display, which can show information like speed, navigation directions, engine speed, entertainment details, and driver-assistance system settings and warnings. Jaguar promises graphics that are sharp, bright and clear.
If all that tech isn’t enough to let the front passenger know who’s in charge, Jaguar’s driver/passenger area-delineating passenger grab handle, borrowed from the F-Type, should do the trick.
Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl suite of connected features offers remote vehicle smartphone monitoring and system control, connected navigation, in-vehicle app access, and a vehicle 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.
Jaguar weaves all the interior space and technology together with soft, comfort-boosting materials like leather upholstery and trim and soft-trimmed door casings. In place of all the wood trim you might expect in a luxury crossover, Jaguar has opted for Noble Chrome for more of a contemporary look. Each seat has access to a dedicated USB charging port, and up to four 12 V sockets are spread around the interior.
Designed in the UK, built in Austria
The E-Pace will go on sale in the US in early 2018, following a late-2017 UK launch. Base prices will range between $38,600 and $44,300 for the 246-hp standard, S and SE trims and $47,250 and $53,100 for the 296-hp R-Dynamic S, SE and HSE trims. The $53,550 First Edition model will be available for the first full year of sales, featuring the 246-hp engine and equipment like load rails, a head-up display and a Jaguar Activity Key. All prices are before $995 delivery and handling fee.
Jaguar will rely on Austrian engineering and manufacturing specialist Magna Steyr for E-Pace production. Magna will also build the I-Pace electric utility vehicle starting in 2018.
2019 Google Play Award winners highlight top Android apps and games
Google on the eve of I/O 2019 announced the Play Award winners to celebrate the top Android apps and games. The nominees in nine categories were unveiled late last month, with the ceremony this evening in Mountain View, California.
There are nine categories with criteria factoring overall quality, strong design, technical performance, and innovation. The nominees were first selected by various teams across Google. Winners during the May 6th event also received a silver Play trophy, and are featured on the Play Store.
We’re sharing the winners that rose to the top for providing the best experiences for fans, making an impact on their communities and raising the bar for quality content on Google Play.
Standout Well-Being App
Apps empowering people to live the best version of their lives, while demonstrating responsible design and engagement strategies.
- Woebot by Woebot Labs
Best Accessibility Experience
Apps and games enabling device interaction in an innovative way that serve people with disabilities or special needs.
- Envision AI by Envision Technologies BV
Best Social Impact
Apps and games that create a positive impact in communities around the world (focusing on health, education, crisis response, refugees, and literacy).
- Wisdo by Wisdo LTD.
Most Beautiful Game
Games that exemplify artistry or unique visual effects either through creative imagery, and/or utilizing advanced graphics API features.
- Shadowgun Legends by MADFINGER Games
Best Living Room Experience
Apps that create, enhance, or enable a great living room experience that brings people together.
- Neverthink by Neverthink
Apps and games that display a groundbreaking new use case, like utilize new technologies, cater to a unique audience, or demonstrate an innovative application of mobile technology for users.
- Tick Tock by Other Tales Interactive
Standout Build for Billions Experience
Apps and games with optimized performance, localization and culturalization for emerging markets.
- Canva by Canva
Best Breakthrough App
New apps with excellent overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong growth.
- Slowly by Slowly Communications Ltd.
Best Breakthrough Game
New games with excellent overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong growth.
- MARVEL Strike Force by FoxNext Games
My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day
Look closely at the picture above, and you can see a small bulge right on the crease of my Galaxy Fold review unit. It’s just enough to slightly distort the screen, and I can feel it under my finger. There’s something pressing up against the screen at the hinge, right there in the crease. My best guess is that it’s a piece of debris, something harder than lint for sure. It’s possible that it’s something else, though, like the hinge itself on a defective unit pressing up on the screen.
It’s a distressing thing to discover just two days after receiving my review unit. More distressing is that the bulge eventually pressed sharply enough into the screen to break it. You can see the telltale lines of a broken OLED converging on the spot where the bulge is.
Whatever happened, it certainly wasn’t because I have treated this phone badly. I’ve done normal phone stuff, like opening and closing the hinge and putting it in my pocket. We did stick a tiny piece of molding clay on the back of the phone yesterday to prop it up for a video shoot, which is something we do in every phone video shoot. So perhaps a tiny piece of that snuck into a gap on the back of the hinge and then around or through its cogs until it lodged in between the screen and the hinge. It’d be sort of like Charlie Chaplin getting caught in the gears in Modern Times.
Or maybe something got in another one of the little gaps somewhere else. Or maybe it was pieces from the hinge itself breaking loose and working their way up into the screen. I don’t know. I just know that the screen is broken, and there was no obvious proximate cause for the bulge that broke it. I certainly haven’t used it on a beach or shook it in a bag of chips or anything wild. Just normal use.I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED; I JUST KNOW THE SCREEN IS BROKEN
We’ve seen worries about scratches on expensive phones and debris breaking the keyboard on expensive MacBooks, but a piece of debris distorting the screen on a $1,980 phone after one day of use feels like it’s on an entirely different level.
I reached out to Samsung right away to get a statement, but it took about 24 hours for the company to put one together. Here it is, and the gist is that Samsung is looking into our unit and also warning users not to try to peel off the protective layer on the top of the screen.
Also, I have, however, received a replacement review unit from Samsung. I think the first one is on a jet to South Korea for Samsung’s engineers to take apart and diagnose.
By the way, it appears I’m not the only reviewing the phone who has had a problem with the screen. Here’s Steve Kovach:
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg also broke his, but that’s perhaps because he removed a protective layer that looks like a screen protector, but definitely isn’t meant to be removed.
And here’s Marques “MKBHD” Brownlee confirming he, too, had to get a replacement unit after peeling off the outer layer (which, again, wasn’t our issue):
It looks like retail units of the Galaxy Fold will include a warning about not removing the protective layer, but review units don’t seem to have included this one:
Like everybody else, I said in my original hands-on with the Galaxy Fold that I absolutely am able to see the crease between the two sides of the screen. But when I’m using the phone, I don’t actually notice it much. It’s easy to talk about it as a small first-generation compromise you have to make for what is otherwise a wonder of engineering: a tablet that folds in half.
I took a photo in my hotel room when the bulge first appeared. The next morning, that same bulge finally broke the screen.
Another thing people are worried about is the plastic screen scratching or picking up nicks easily. There are already a couple of minor dings on my unit, but they’re minor enough that I didn’t see them until our photographer zoomed way in to show them to me. If you look closely at the edges of the screen, there’s a sort of built-in screen protector on the front of the device. Samsung calls it a “polymer layer.” It is not designed to be removed. (Please don’t try it if you get your hands on a Fold.)
But while the crease and the nicks feel like compromises you could live with, a mysterious bulge that breaks the screen is something else entirely — especially one that appears just a day after pretty normal use. It’s a problem that is unacceptable on a phone that costs this much.
Every phone with movable parts is going to have more points of failure than a fully sealed, static phone. So it’s natural to say that you need to treat it with more care than usual. Before I saw this bulge, my impression was that this phone was much more durable than I expected. The hinge always felt solid and well-built. That impression of (relative) durability is obviously as broken as the flexing screen now.
If I’m right and it’s debris, it means that not only do you need to treat your phone with care, but you also have to worry about stuff getting in underneath the screen. If I’m wrong and it’s some kind of defect in the hardware, well… then we’re in entirely different territory. Either way: yikes.
Hopefully Samsung lets us know the results after it takes my original review unit apart to see what happened.
This is the best time to purchase an iPhone XR in India
Apple is discounting the iPhone XR by a massive 22% from Friday.
Apple is kicking off a massive discount on the iPhone XR in India that will bring the device down to just ₹59,900 ($870). That’s a staggering ₹17,000 ($250) discount from the phone’s retail price of ₹76,900 ($1,120). What makes this particular deal even better is that HDFC is getting in on the action, offering an additional 10% cashback on top of the discounted price.
That effectively brings the price of the 64GB iPhone XR down to just ₹53,900 ($780), which is a fabulous deal. The promotional price extends to all three variants of the iPhone XR, and you’ll similarly be able to avail the HDFC cashback on all three models. The deal will go live from Friday, April 5, and will be valid until stocks last.
Here’s the breakdown of the new pricing:
|Category||MRP||New price||For HDFC customers|
|iPhone XR (64GB)||₹76,900||₹59,900||₹53,900|
|iPhone XR (128GB)||₹81,900||₹64,900||₹58,400|
|iPhone XR (256GB)||₹91,900||₹74,900||₹67,400|
The HDFC cashback is valid for both debit and credit card holders, and if you don’t have an eligible card yet, you can pick one up to avail the discount on the iPhone XR. I’m partial to the Regalia for the airline benefits and low markup on international spends.
This is Apple’s most aggressive move yet in the Indian market, and it’s clear that the company is positioning the iPhone XR against Samsung’s Galaxy S10e, which retails for ₹55,900 ($810). The discount will be a huge driver for iPhone XR sales in the country, and should give Apple some much-needed momentum in the premium segment.
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