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Sleek, sexy redesigned 2021 Jaguar F-TYPE big on power, tech

Jaguar has given the F-Type a makeover for the 2021 model year.

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar has showed off its completely redesigned 2021 F-Type for the first time, revealing a hot redo of the two-seater that is loaded with modern technology and hasn't lost its robust powertrain offerings.

For the exterior, Jaguar is quick to point out that its designers made the model more "focused and assertive." That starts at the nose where slim LED headlights look to pierce the air as they sit below the car's clamshell hood. The front bumper and grille are enlarged over the previous generation giving the car a more powerful stance as the car's classically athletic porportions play out moving toward the rear.

2021 Jaguar F-TypeThe F-Type has slim LED headlights at its front.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

"Enhanced wheel designs, and a fresh look for the side-vent using the Jaguar 'Leaper' detail add to the F-TYPE's modernity," said Adam Hatton, Exterior Design Director, Jaguar. "The powerful rear design has new slim, elegant lamps incorporating latest LED technology and our Jaguar 'Chicane' rear signature graphic with intricate monogram pattern. And everywhere you look, you'll find relentless attention to detail –each is a work of art in itself."

The 2021 F-Type is available in 16 paint jobs: Ligurian Black, Ethereal Silver, Ionian Silver, Sunset Gold, Petrolix Blue, Velocity Blue, Tourmaline Brown, Desire, Sanguinello Orange, Atacama Orange, Sorrento Yellow, Constellation, Icy White, Flux Grey, Malachite Green and Amethyst.

2021 Jaguar F-TypeSleek lines give the car athletic porportions.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar is giving buyers three engines to choose from. The base is a 296-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Midgrade models are equipped with a 380-horsepower V6 while the top trim has a 575-horsepower supercharged V8 under its hood. The largest engine has 516 pound-feet of torque and gets from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. All the engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The V6 is offered with all-wheel drive.

2021 Jaguar F-TypeAt the rear, the car is instantly recognizable as an F-Type.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

The British automaker it touting its attention to detail in the new F-Type pointing out that its cabin is elegant and has a heightened sense of sportiness and luxury. The driver-focused coupe has Windsor Leather, Suedecloth, and NobleChrome interior appointments. Monogram stitching is on the seats and door trim.

At the center of the dashboard is a 10-inch infotainment touch screen while a 12.3-inch driver information screen and digital instrument cluster sits behind the wheel. The cluster offers a number configurations that a driver can choose to best suit their driving needs. While the infotainment screen is ready for fingers, Jaguar has equipped the car with three rotary controllers allowing users an option. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in the new sports car, which is also capable of over-the-air software updates.

2021 Jaguar F-TypeJaguar has added modern technology to the car's cabin.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

The car is available with either Sport of Performance seats. Performance seats have more support at the shoulder and are standard on the most powerful F-Type models.

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type will go on sale in 2021. Pricing will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date.

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Some owners have discovered that their car's video games work when the car is moving.

Tesla

Tesla's vehicles are among the most advanced and forward-thinking products of any kind, but serious innovation doesn't come with tradeoffs. The automaker has been in the news recently because of issues with how its advanced cruise control systems function, and now, Autoblog reports that the NHTSA is asking questions about Tesla giving drivers the ability to play video games and browse the internet while driving.

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The feature is intended to be used while the car is parked, such as while charging, so the discovery that people can use them while driving is a serious one. Vince Patton, the person who filed the complaint with the NHTSA, tested his car and found that he could play Solitaire and a fairly involved action game while it was in motion. Internet browsing was also possible, meaning the driver could take their attention completely off the road ahead for extended periods of time.

Tesla Model 3Tesla's screens offer advanced functions that many others do not. Tesla

Tesla was already under investigation over crashes involving its Autopilot feature. Several collisions have occurred between Teslas and emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Following the initiation of that investigation, the NHTSA raised other questions with the automaker over a buggy software update that was pushed out, retracted, fixed, and reissued outside of the normal recall process. Despite their names, it's important to clarify that neither the Autopilot nor Full Self-Driving features are capable of driving the cars without driver awareness and input.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

Infiniti

The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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