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JAGUAR F-PACE R-DYNAMIC SE D300

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JAGUAR F-PACE R-DYNAMIC SE D300

By CHRIS RILEY

After spending a few days in one of Sydney’s wealthier harbourside suburbs, we were surprised to see few examples of Jaguar’s F-Pace.

The company’s first and largest SUV ticks all the boxes, or so we thought. It’s stylish, pricey and with its long British lineage — what more could one want?

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Or so we pondered searching for a parking spot, on a long narrow street that was not wide enough for two vehicles to pass and which offered parking on one side only.

A small city car starts to make a lot of sense in this context, because the F-Pace is long and rather wide and finding somewhere to pop it is not accomplished easily.

In fact, parking the car can be a challenge full stop, because you can’t see over the bonnet and the auto dipping rear vision mirrors can be both a help and hindrance trying to guide it into a tight spot with scraping the rims (fortunately they can be disabled).

STYLING

That gifted Scot Ian Callum designed the F-Pace. As Jaguar’s very first SUV, he got to start with a clean slate. Callum, who we’ve met more than once, is a believer that Jags should look cool because cool cars attract cool people – and the F-Pace largely achieves this goal.

Like his other designs the proportions of the five-seat SUV are near perfect, but we can’t help feel the front, lower air intakes could do with some embellishment – at least in this model. They’re a bit large, a bit plain and appear designed to fill empty space more than anything else.

The radiator grille is starting to look a bit dated too, but of course it will soon be superfluous to needs.

The rear of the wagon with its broad haunches, chunky rubber and horizontal tail lights is beyond criticism.

F-Pace is offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, some turbocharged, others turbocharged and hybrid together while still others are all three: turbo, supercharged and hybrid combined – all underpinned by all-wheel drive.

Prices start from $82,200 for the entry F-Pace R-Dynamic P250 S, with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine.

Our test vehicle,  the R-Dynamic D300 SE powered by a 3.0-litre twin turbo diesel with a mild hybrid, is priced from $103,200 plus on-road costs.

The top of the line 5.0-litre supercharged V8 SVR P550 is priced from $149,900.

There’s pages and pages of options to personalise your car and contribute to the bottom line. Determining what is standard and what is optional however could require confirmation.

Our test vehicle was fitted with a number of options that brought the total price to $115,399 before on-roads, including sunroof ($4420), 22-inch wheels ($4420), head-up display ($1960), privacy glass ($950), Drive Control with Adaptive Surface Response ($310) plus additional power sockets ($139), 2 x USB and 1 x 12 volt for rear seat, a 12 volt for luggage area.

The 22-inch wheels bring a tyre repair kit instead of the space saver.

Standard kit includes 20-inch alloys, black exterior pack, two zone climate air with rear vents, heated 12-way power-adjust DuoLeather sport seats with driver memory and configurable cabin lighting.

There’s also LED headlights, auto high beam, auto dimming interior mirror, auto lights and wipers, power fold and dip exterior mirrors, front and rear parking sensors and a power tailgate.

F-Pace is covered by a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty. But get this, there are no service intervals. Instead, the vehicle tells you when it’s ready to be serviced — how cool is that?

As such Jag offers a pre-paid service plan for $2650 that covers the car for all services in the first five years or 102,000km.

INTERIOR

F-Pace presents well and has the requisite ambience, with tobacco-coloured leather, offset by mood lighting, stainless steel trim and earthy tones for the infotainment system.

But for a big car it has surprisingly little room in the back seat and the raked roofline could find you ducking to avoid bumping your head.

The boot on the other hand is quite large at 755 litres with the seats up, suggesting the design is skewed towards two people and plenty of luggage at the expense of their passengers.

The part analogue/part digital instrument cluster, features a central 7.0-inch mitred digital display that is mortised between two analogue dials.

While the design looks interesting, in a chronograph kind of way, the digital part is busy and difficult to interpret on the move.

A full 12.1-inch ‘interactive’ display is an $845 option.

The air controls adopt a different approach too, changing between fan, temperature and seat heat levels with a push or pull of the knobs.

Once you discover how it works it’s okay, but it’s hardly what we’d call intuitive.

Entry is keyless. You push a button to start. Then grip the low-profile transmission lever, tucking your fingers over the front to release the selector lock.

To disengage the electric parking brake, it is necessary to tap the accelerator which releases with a start if you happen to be parked on a slope. Not such a good idea?

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS

Feeding the beast is a 3.0-litre twin turbo six-cylinder diesel, with a mild hybrid that delivers a substantial 221kW of power and 650Nm of torque, the latter from 1500 to 2500 rpm. Power is delivered to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic, with paddle shifters and auto engine stop-start to save fuel.

But it’s a torque-on-demand system so most of the time it operates in two-wheel drive with a bias to the rear wheels.

SAFETY

Five-star safety comprises six airbags, a rear-view camera, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW) and speed assist systems (SAS).

There’s also blind spot assist, rear traffic monitor, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter, adaptive cruise control with steering assist, driver condition monitor and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

What you don’t get is a proper 360-degree overhead camera which remains a $950 option.

INFOTAINMENT

Infotainment consists of the latest Pivi Pro system with a floating 11.4-inch touchscreen that is quick to start and features Bluetooth, voice control, satellite navigation, AM/FM/DAB+ radio, wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto and wireless phone charging, along with an online data plan.

The simplified menu structures allow drivers to access or view up to 90 per cent of common tasks in two taps or less, we’re told.

The Meridian sound system pumps out 400 watts, with 13 speakers including a separate subwoofer plus active noise cancellation to remove background road noise.

DRIVING

Jaguar has been a long-time proponent of aluminium to reduce weight. A lighter vehicle means better performance and fuel economy, with 80 per cent of the body made from aluminium, with additional weight savings through the use of a composite tailgate and magnesium for parts such as the cross member.

The higher torsional rigidity also delivers better handling from the coil over double-wishbone front integral link rear suspension.

Together with brake-based torque vectoring and variable electric power steering, this SUV has a lot going for it.

The dash from 0-100km/h takes 6.4 seconds and it has a top speed of 230km/h and uses a claimed 7.0L/100km of fuel.

The hybrid uses a belt integrated starter generator to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking. This energy is stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery for later use to assist in accelerating, as well as delivering a more refined stop/start system.

The latest Jaguar Drive Control features four drive modes: Comfort, Eco, Rain-Ice-Snow and Dynamic, that can be selected based on road conditions.

The settings, selected through a new rotary dial next to the drive selector, adjust steering, transmission, throttle and Adaptive Dynamics settings.

Auto vehicle hold provides added convenience and smoother operation than conventional automatic hill hold.

The new technology holds the brakes for an unlimited period of time when stationary on a gradient, gently releasing the brakes when the driver depresses the accelerator to drive away.

Adaptive surface response is designed to distinguish between different low traction surfaces, like mud, ice, gravel, and snow and delivers the ideal torque split for the conditions. Sounds good, but many reviewers find it hard to get past the badge.

Just because it’s a Jag, doesn’t mean it’s perfect. In fact, we believe there’s a case for ‘blind’ reviews — that is not knowing the brand of vehicle you’re testing.

There’s more than enough oomph from the 650Nm diesel to barrel off the line and the car is extremely quiet for a rattler, but throttle response is jerky and can make it difficult to manoeuvre at low speed.

Ride quality is pretty damned good, even in sport mode, but the adaptive suspension (or is it the adaptive surface response) generates an inconsistent and sometimes jiggly feel in the default comfort mode.

It’s not as bad as air suspension, but not as good as plain old springs. Sport mode is your friend, but needs to be selected with each start.

The optional panoramic sunroof fitted to our car comes with a retractable gauze screen to keep out glare, but struggles to exclude the heat of the sun.

With a 68-litre tank, we were getting 8.0L/100km after close to 400km.

SUMMING UP

While Jaguar is now owned by the Indians, they have been wise to let them get on with the job.

With Callum gone and plans to go all-electric by 2025, there’s big changes ahead and cars like this diesel F-Pace will soon cease to exist.

If you fancy one, may we suggest you get one while the getting’s good?

RATINGS:

Looks: 7.5/10

Performance: 7.5/10

Safety: 8/10

Thirst: 8/10

Practicality: 7/10

Comfort: 7.5/10

Tech: 8/10

Value: 7/10

Overall: 7.6/10

AT A GLANCE

MODEL RANGE

F-Pace R-Dynamic S P250 2.0 petrol: $82,200

R-Dynamic SE P250 2.0 petrol: $87,000

R-Dynamic SE D300 3.0 diesel:  $103,200

R-Dynamic SE P400 3.0 petrol: $105,700

R-Dynamic HSE P400 3.0 petrol: $116,800

400 SPORT P400 3.0 petrol: $124,600

SVR P550 5.0 petrol: $149,900

Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your Jaguar dealer for driveaway prices.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Jaguar F-PACE R-Dynamic SE D300 3.0-litre turbo diesel five-door wagon

PERFORMANCE:

Capacity: 3.0 litres

Configuration: 6-cyl in-line, mild hybrid

Maximum Power: 221kW @ 4000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 650Nm @ 1500-2500 rpm

Fuel Type: Diesel

Combined fuel consumption: 7.0 L/100km

CO2 Emissions: 184 g/km

DRIVELINE:
8-speed automatic, all-wheel drive

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:

Length: 4747 mm

Wheelbase: 2874 mm

Width: 2175 mm

Height: 1664 mm

Turning Circle: 11.95 metres

Kerb Mass: 2083 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity: 68 litres

BRAKES:

Front: Ventilated disc

Rear: Ventilated disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:

Five years / unlimited kilometres

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Hyundai Launches New Santa Fe Hybrid in Australia: Rivalling Toyota Kluger and Kia Sorento

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Hyundai Launches New Santa Fe Hybrid in Australia: Rivalling Toyota Kluger and Kia Sorento

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Hyundai has unveiled its latest offering in the family SUV market with the 2024 Santa Fe, a seven-seat hybrid vehicle designed to compete directly with the Toyota Kluger Hybrid and Kia Sorento. This new model introduces significant enhancements and a variety of options tailored to meet diverse consumer needs and preferences.

Model Range and Pricing

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The new Santa Fe comes in three distinct grades: the base Santa Fe, the mid-tier Elite, and the top-of-the-line Calligraphy. The entry-level front-wheel-drive Santa Fe starts at $55,500 before on-road costs, marking a nearly $10,000 increase from its predecessor. Customers looking for enhanced stability can opt for all-wheel drive for an additional $3,000. The Elite variant, priced at $65,000, includes all-wheel drive as standard, while the range-topping Calligraphy is available from $75,000 and offers both seven- and six-seat configurations.

Power and Efficiency

Each model in the lineup features a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, delivering a total output of 172kW and 367Nm of torque. This setup achieves an impressive fuel efficiency of 5.6 litres per 100km, matching the fuel consumption of its main competitor, the Toyota Kluger.

Design and Features

The 2024 Santa Fe boasts a bold, boxy silhouette reminiscent of classic Land Rovers, enhanced by dynamic H-shaped headlights and a distinctive light bar across the front grille. Standard features on the base model include 20-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, and rear privacy glass. Inside, the vehicle sports dual 12.3-inch digital displays for multimedia and driver instruments, cloth seats, and comprehensive safety features including 10 airbags and a suite of active driver aids.

Technology and Comfort

The Santa Fe is equipped with Hyundai’s Bluelink app, offering over-the-air update capabilities and smartphone mirroring, along with a wireless device charger. All-wheel-drive variants benefit from multiple driving modes such as Snow, Mud, and Sand, enhancing the SUV’s versatility across different terrains.

The Elite trim upgrades the interior with synthetic leather-wrapped seats, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and an additional wireless device charger. It also replaces the standard six-speaker stereo with a premium Bose sound system for an enriched audio experience.

Calligraphy models elevate luxury with Nappa leather upholstery, a sunroof, power adjustments for the front passenger seat, and a head-up display that projects essential driving information directly onto the windshield.

For added convenience and health safety, the Calligraphy variant includes a UV-C sterilisation tray located in the dashboard above the glove box, capable of sanitising items in just 10 minutes.

Conclusion

Hyundai’s 2024 Santa Fe positions itself as a strong contender in the competitive hybrid SUV market in Australia, blending performance, luxury, and advanced technology to cater to the modern family’s needs. With its comprehensive features and competitive pricing, the Santa Fe is set to challenge established rivals and appeal to a broad audience seeking a reliable, stylish, and efficient family vehicle.

 

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Genesis Australia Poised to Enter High-Performance Market with Magma Sub-Brand

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Genesis Australia Poised to Enter High-Performance Market with Magma Sub-Brand

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Genesis Australia is eagerly positioning itself to launch its new Magma performance sub-brand, aiming to compete directly with established high-performance divisions like Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi Sport. The Magma brand, unveiled at the New York motor show in March 2024, signifies Genesis’ commitment to performance models, starting with the G80 sedan in Middle Eastern markets.

While plans for the Australian launch remain preliminary, Justin Douglass, the head of Genesis Australia, expressed strong interest in bringing Magma to the local market, known for its appetite for high-performance vehicles. “The Magma range seems to resonate well with what we anticipate the market will welcome. We’re excited about the potential of introducing it here once available,” Douglass remarked.

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In Australia, performance models form a significant part of car sales, with AMG variants constituting about 28% of Mercedes-Benz’s overall sales in 2023, or approximately 6,808 units. Similarly, BMW M’s sales surged by 19.7% in 2023, with about 6,664 units sold, underscoring the market’s robust demand for high-performance cars.

Genesis aims to develop a high-performance Magma model for each vehicle in its current lineup, potentially introducing six models based on the G70, G80, G90, GV60, GV70, and GV80. However, the G90 large sedan, not available in right-hand drive, will likely be excluded from the Australian market, leaving five potential models for introduction.

Among these, the GV60 electric vehicle is a frontrunner to debut the Magma sub-brand in Australia. A concept version was showcased in New York featuring distinctive orange paintwork and performance enhancements. The GV60 Magma concept not only promises a more aggressive styling but also improved electric motor technology, offering a glimpse into the potential capabilities of a production model, which might parallel the mechanically related Hyundai Ioniq 5 N with its 448kW/740Nm output, significantly more powerful than the current top GV60 Performance Lux variant.

 

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Introducing the 2025 Ferrari 12Cilindri: A Bold New Chapter for V12 Enthusiasts

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Introducing the 2025 Ferrari 12Cilindri: A Bold New Chapter for V12 Enthusiasts

 

Keypoints:

  1. Enhanced V12 Engine Performance: The Ferrari 12Cilindri boasts an upgraded F140 6.5-litre V12 engine, delivering 610kW at 9500rpm—significantly enhancing its power and rev range compared to the 812 Superfast for faster speeds and superior responsiveness.
  2. Revolutionary Design and Aerodynamics: The 12Cilindri features a radically streamlined design with a monolithic bonnet, minimal cooling vents, and wrap-around headlights, complemented by advanced aerodynamics such as a speed-responsive twin-element active rear wing for optimal performance.
  3. Cutting-edge Interior Technology: The interior of the 12Cilindri is outfitted with three advanced displays and offers optional high-end features like a 15-speaker Burmester sound system, blending luxury with the latest technology for enhanced comfort and entertainment.

By Jeff Gibbs

In 2025, Ferrari is set to launch the 12Cilindri, its most ambitious V12 model to date, replacing the celebrated 812 Superfast with a vehicle that promises not only a continuation but an evolution of Ferrari’s illustrious V12 heritage. Unveiled at a glamorous event on Miami Beach just before the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix, the 12Cilindri signifies a radical departure in design and engineering while paying homage to the iconic front-engine V12 configuration that Ferrari aficionados have long revered.

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Powering the 12Cilindri is the enhanced version of Ferrari’s storied F140 6.5-litre V12 engine, which first roared to life in the Ferrari Enzo and later powered models like the F12 and 812 Superfast. Through extensive modifications and updated internals, this engine now delivers a staggering 610kW at a dizzying 9500rpm. This represents a significant increase from the 812SF, pushing the boundaries of performance further with a rev limit that exceeds the previous model by 1000rpm. This elevation in power is complemented by a more accessible torque distribution, ensuring that 80% of its 678Nm is available from as low as 2500rpm, despite a slight decrease from the 812SF’s torque figures.

2025 Ferrari 12Cilindri Engine

2025 Ferrari 12Cilindri Engine

Aesthetically, the 12Cilindri strikes a distinct pose with a cleaner, more streamlined design characterised by a monolithic bonnet and minimal cooling vents, diverging sharply from the 812SF’s sculptural and vent-infused facade. The design features wrap-around headlights and, in the coupe version, a strikingly large glass roof, contributing to a bold reinterpretation of Ferrari’s design language.

The chassis of the 12Cilindri has been completely reengineered, utilising a new aluminium structure that is 15% stiffer than its predecessor, paired with a slightly shorter wheelbase but increased overall dimensions. This new framework supports advanced aerodynamic features, including a twin-element active rear wing, which adapts dynamically to speed variations to optimise performance.

2025 Ferrari 12Cilindri Interior

2025 Ferrari 12Cilindri Interior

Performance-wise, the 12Cilindri mirrors the impressive capabilities of the 812 Superfast, achieving 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 340 km/h. The Spider variant, while slightly heavier, boasts nearly identical performance metrics, ensuring that the exhilarating Ferrari driving experience is preserved across different model configurations.

Underpinning the mechanical prowess of the 12Cilindri is a suite of sophisticated systems designed to harness and refine the raw power of the V12. The introduction of an 8-speed DCT transmission from the SF90, enhanced for quicker shift times, and a comprehensive array of control systems including advanced four-wheel steering and a new evolution of the Side Slip Control, ensure that the 12Cilindri is as agile as it is powerful.

The interior of the 12Cilindri is a testament to Ferrari’s commitment to blending technology with luxury. The cabin is outfitted with three high-definition displays and offers customisation options like a state-of-the-art 15-speaker Burmester sound system, setting a new standard in automotive interior design.

Slated for European delivery in late 2024 with Australian deliveries expected by mid-2025, the 12Cilindri is poised to become a new benchmark in high-performance sports cars. Priced at EUR 395,000 for the coupe and EUR 435,000 for the Spider, it is set to continue the V12 legacy, providing an exhilarating blend of traditional Ferrari power and innovative design to the discerning enthusiast.

 

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