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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.

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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-Type The 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-Type Sleek 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-Type At 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-Type Jaguar 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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BMW infotainment systems recently received a major upgrade.

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All 2021 model year BMW automobiles will come standard with a free one-year SiriusXM All-Access subscription. The move is part of a larger deal that extends the relationship between BMW and SiriusXM through 2026.

The news comes just weeks after BMW divulged that a long list of its 2021 models will come with SiriusXM with 360L, an audio platform that combines satellite and streaming content delivery into the existing SiriusXM platform. SiriusXM with 360L made its debut in the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 and after a year of exclusivity is moving into more vehicles throughout the market space.

BMW SiriusXM with 360L BMW will offer SiriusXM with 360L in its 2021 model year vehicles. This is what it looks like on-screen.Photo courtesy of BMW

BMW delivers their customers a premium experience every time out on the road. We're very proud that SiriusXM has been a popular feature of that in-vehicle experience dating back to the earliest days of satellite radio in 2002," said Rodney Pickett, SVP, Automotive Partnerships, for SiriusXM. "Today we are truly excited that our relationship continues to grow, as we announce that SiriusXM will be standard on all BMW Group vehicles, ensuring all of their customers can enjoy our premium programming content for many years to come."

Earlier this year, BMW announced five big updates to its infotainment system. You can find out more about that here.

BMW vehicles with SiriusXM with 360L will be able to receive software updates allowing customers to have accesss to the latest features without having to visit a dealership. The latest offering, Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, will be part of a future software update. With Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, drivers can create their own ad-free music stations based on the artist they are listening to, then give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down within the SiriusXM service, or even skip songs, to create their own personal channel that plays more of what they want.

BMW has offered SiriusXM in its vehicles since 2002. It is now standard across the BMW lineup.

"In-vehicle technology and entertainment have become as important to BMW drivers as the performance and handling of their new automobiles." said Monika D. Reimel, Head of BMW Aftersales Business Development. "BMW was one of the first manufacturers to offer SiriusXM in our automobiles and today we are excited to not only include SiriusXM as a standard feature in all of our 2021 models but also combine it with one of the longest initial subscription periods in the industry. This new agreement with SiriusXM offers immediate benefits to our enthusiastic customers."

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The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is the newest member of the compact SUV segment.

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The 2022 Volkswagen Taos, the Tiguan's little brother, has been revealed. The model is a compact SUV designed to go head-to-head with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, and Honda CR-V.
The introduction fo the Taos as Volkswagen works to flush out its North American market offerings, first with the Atlas Cross Sport late last year then with the ID.4 electric SUV just last month.

2022 Volkswagen Toas The Volkswagen Taos sits below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"Taos is our fifth new addition to the Volkswagen SUV family in just four years, and we're thrilled to keep finding new ways to meet the needs of American families," said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "Taos will bookend our compact SUV offering, giving buyers all the style, technology, and drivability that Volkswagen is known for at an even more affordable price."

The Volkswagen DNA is instantly apparent by anyone looking at the model. Its front end comes with a grille with familial ties to the Tiguan and Atlas while the light signature is borrowed from the ID.4. Top trim levels of the model feature VW's adaptive front lighting system. A panoramic sunroof is also available.

VW will offer the SUV in eight paint colors and with four wheel designs. Seventeen-inch aluminum-alloys are standard. Buyers can opt for their choice of 18-inch wheel designs (machined or black finish) or 19-inchers.

Size-wise, the Taos is a little larger than the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport and a little shorter than the 2020 Ford Escape. It's 9.3 inches smaller than the Tiguan but has a wheelbase that's longer than the CR-V.

2022 Volkswagen Taos

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Despite its compact size, the Taos has just 1.6 cubic feet less passenger space than the two-row Tiguan - 99.5. That's far less than the spacious CR-V, which comes in at 105.9 cubic feet, but more than the 94.1 cubic feet in the Mazda CX-30.

Taos features 28.1 cubic feet of luggage space behind the second-row seats and 66.3 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Again, that puts it between models with the Rogue having more space and the Buick Encore GX having far less. The model offers a good amount of legroom for front and rear passengers.

Volkswagen is touting the Taos's interior design aesthetic and high-quality fit and finish. In typical VW style, the cabin is full of clean lines, seemingly all well-organized.

Two-tone seats are standard on the Taos, whether they're covered in the base cloth or available leatherette or leather seating surfaces. The top tier Taos model is available with a unique French Roast and black color combination.

VW developed the Taos especially for the U.S. market and it shows. The list of standard features includes automatic headlights, push-button start, keyless entry, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated side mirrors, and heated washer nozzles.

2022 Volkswagen Taos The Taos shares its looks with the rest of the VW stable of SUVs.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is standard, meaning that there are no analog dials on the dashboard. Each model comes with Wi-Fi capability and an infotainment system powered by the company's MIB3 operating system, which is shared with Audi. An 8-inch infotainment touch screen is standard while wireless charging, 10-color ambient lighting and a BeatsAudio system is available.

The automaker has made its IQ.Drive suite of driver assistance technology available on every Taos. The suite includes forward collision warning with autonomous braking, active blind spot monitor, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, Travel Assist, and Emergency Assist. Park distance control is available.

Taos is powered by the same turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that runs the Jetta. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission in front-wheel drive models, the engine makes 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Those number are on the low end of what is offered in the segment. All-wheel drive Taos models get a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.

Volkswagen plans to sell the Taos in three trim levels: S, SE, and SEL. Taos will be produced in the North American Region at Volkswagen's Puebla, Mexico factory. More details and pricing will be announced ahead of the launch in the summer of 2021.

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