When Jaguar launched its first-ever devoted SUV in 2016, there have been just a few furrowed brows on the title: F-Tempo. Not a easy initialisation like the corporate’s different household fashions, but in addition not a “Sort” like its sports activities automobiles.
In actual fact, it makes excellent sense in hindsight. The F aligns it with the XF sedan in measurement, whereas “Tempo” recollects one of many model’s most iconic promoting taglines (arguably one of the vital iconic automotive taglines ever) from a long time passed by: “Grace, Area and Tempo”.
It is likely to be a case of an organization believing its personal advertising, however it works fairly effectively for an SUV. Other than being fairly catchy, the entire thought was to spotlight the broad skills of the model: elegant appears, luxurious/practicality and excessive efficiency.
SUVs have been new for Jaguar with the F-Tempo, so the title was actually about reminding consumers that it hadn’t forgotten its conventional strengths. It appears to have labored: the F-Tempo turned Jaguar’s fast-selling single mannequin and was named World Automobile of the 12 months in 2017.
The F-Tempo does pull off a neat trick: it’s clearly a Jaguar and regardless of the excessive experience top that goes with SUV standing, it’s had the tick from critics for Jaguar-like dealing with and experience.
The vary is broad, overlaying every part from a 2.0-litre 4 to sixes, petrol and diesel. However in 2019 Jaguar upped the ante significantly by sending the F-Tempo to its Particular Car Operations to create the SVR, with 405kW from its supercharged V8 and bespoke chassis modifications.
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There’s extra to return from an F-Tempo facelift this yr. At one finish is a brand new Plug-in Hybrid Electrical Car (PHEV) model, which boasts emissions of simply 54g/km (half the restrict proposed by the NZ Authorities for 2025) regardless of having 297kW on faucet.
On the different excessive, the SVR will get much more go within the ’21 replace, with an additional 20Nm and the automatic-transmission torque converter from the Mission 8 tremendous sedan.
The Tempo title started to tackle much more which means in 2017 with the launch of the E-Tempo, Jaguar’s entry into the burgeoning premium-compact SUV market. Can you will have “grace” with a cheeky grin? That’s thought with the E-Tempo, which is meant to seem like a child model of the F-Tempo. However not merely a scaled-down one – it has an exaggerated sense of proportion, likened to a cub with massive toes by Jaguar on the time.
Unlock the automobile at nighttime and also you get the message: the puddle lamps that shine on the bottom subsequent to the automobile venture a picture of a Jaguar with a cub operating alongside behind.
The E-Tempo platform attracts on each the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Vary Rover Evoque. The present New Zealand lineup contains a pair of P250 2.0-litre petrol fashions, however a 2021 replace on the best way will open with a D200 diesel and high out with a 300 Sport mannequin packing 221kW/400Nm.
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Whereas the E-Tempo is obtainable globally with a alternative of drivetrains, in NZ it’s solely AWD.
In gentle of Jaguar’s announcement that its “Reimagine” world technique will make it a pure-electric model from 2025, essentially the most vital member of the household is the I-Tempo.
I-Tempo was Jaguar’s first Battery Electrical Car (BEV) when launched in 2018. It didn’t simply push the model in a brand new powertrain route – it capitalised on the packaging flexibility allowed by BEV structure to introduce a brand new look to Jaguar, with all 4 wheels pushed out to the corners of the automobile and spectacular inside area due to a flat ground.
It is likely to be new-tech, however the I-Tempo adopted household custom by successful the World Automobile of the 12 months award in March 2018, adopted by European Automobile of the 12 months in 2018. Whereas we’re at it, it was additionally the NZ Motoring Writers Guild Automobile of the 12 months in 2019.
It’s a superb mix of BEV energy with first rate vary (470km in response to WLTP testing) and cutting-edge design.
However is it an SUV actually? It’s modern and also you sit very low within the automobile. However, it has good floor clearance with adjustable top, loads of practicality – and a very good few styling cues from a few of Jaguar Land Rover’s SUV fashions, just like the Velar-style flush door handles, to assist make the purpose.
It’s now clear that whereas “Tempo” will stay an SUV nameplate, it’ll be all-electric from 2025. So the I-Tempo is de facto the beginning of one thing massive.
ENGINES: 2.0l, 3.0l and 5.0l petrol, 2.0l and three.0l diesel, 2.0l plug-in hybrid (coming for MY21)
ENGINES: 2.0l petrol or diesel
ENGINE: Pure-electric, twin motors, 90kWh battery