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Here's how to win a new 2019 Jaguar I‑PACE all-electric SUV

The Jaguar I-PACE is often thought of as a city vehicle but it also have impressive off-road prowess.

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Jaguar is giving away a new 2019 Jaguar I-PACE this holiday season as part of its #UnwrapAJaguar holiday campaign.

The I-PACE is a formidable vehicle. It's Jaguar's first all-electric model. The I-Pace behaves and looks more like the typical crossover, but don't let its looks fool you. The Jag delivers rapid acceleration when the accelerator is floored and holds to the road well thanks to its standard all-wheel drive.

2019 Jaguar I-PACE The I-PACE's all-wheel drive keeps it stable on the road.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

The I-PACE has similar range as other all-electric vehicles - 234 miles. That puts it in the same range realm as the new Tesla Model Y, Nissan Leaf Plus, and Chevrolet Bolt. For the 2020 model year, the Bolt's range was increased 21 miles for 259 miles of range.

The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE is currently on sale in the US starting at $69,500 and a top-tier model will run you upwards of $85,000 before any tax incentives or savings are applied.

I-PACE was named as the 2019 World Car of the Year and earned European Car of the Year honors the same year. U.S. News & World Report hailed it as the Best Luxury Compact SUV 2019 while Top Gear Magazine called it the EV of the Year 2018 and it was listed on AutoTrader's Best New Cars for 2019.

World Car of the Year Jaguar I-PACE 2019 Jaguar has won multiple awards for its I-PACE, including three World Car of the Year trophies.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

No purchase is necessary to win the contest. Entries must be accepted by January 2, 2020 to be eligible to win. Only enter once or your entry will be voided. Eligible contest winners must reside in one of the fifty U.S. states or the District of Columbia, be at least 21 years of age, and have a valid driver's license.

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The Hyundai Santa Cruz will debut next week but ahead of that, the design department is giving a closer look at the truck in a new video.

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We'll see the Hyundai Santa Cruz in full for the first time when it debuts on April 15 but ahead of time, Hyundai is setting the stage for expectations with the model. To help with that, the company released a video today featuring the truck's design manager discussing the inspiration for the utility vehicle.

The quick one-minute video is hosted by Brad Arnold, design manager at Hyundai North America. The Southern California native is the leader of the team that created the Santa Cruz, a project that began years ago. He's joined in the video by Senon Franco, the lead designer at Hyundai North America.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

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As Arnold explains in the video, the design of the Santa Cruz started with a simple premise: "this is not a typical truck". Based on how Arnold describes the capabilities of the truck, that sounds true. It is meant to "thrive in dense urban environments and the open outdoors". One could argue that no full-size truck on the market today does that. Neither do most of the midsize models, though their sizing is better for that landscape.

Arnold says that the Santa Cruz is "small in size", a call that serves to remind viewers that the Santa Cruz isn't a big truck. It's more similar in size to the forthcoming Ford Maverick, a small truck that slots below the Ranger in Ford's lineup.

However, the company isn't even calling it a truck. The new model is being referred to as the Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle. This sounds a lot like how Kia is referring to the new generation of its Carnival minivan as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

Arnold says that the design is meant to make the Santa Cruz not look like a truck. Rather, it's supposed to look "like a Santa Cruz". Part of that includes the front end, which looks like a carryover from the fascia of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Among the other secrets Hyundai is giving away ahead of the product's reveal is that there will be more than one "efficient" powertrain, a flexible bed, "cutting-edge" connectivity, and all-wheel drive.

Watch the video for yourself below.

Design Inspiration | 2022 Santa Cruz | Hyundai www.youtube.com

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And all-electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado is on the way.

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Earlier this year, General Motors very quietly teased its forthcoming electric full-size pickup truck. Today, the automaker is giving us a closer look with a new teaser video.

The video accompanies an announcement that says that the Silverado electric pickup will be built at the company's Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. The Silverado electric vehicle (EV) will be built alongside the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV, which debuted this weekend.

GM has designed the Silverado EV to be an electric vehicle from the ground up, riding on the company's Ultium Platform and keeping Silverado's capability in focus. The automaker says that the truck will offer more than 400 miles of all-electric range on a full charge.

The company confirms that retail and fleet versions will be offered.

"The vehicles coming from Factory ZERO will change the world, and how the world views electric vehicles," said General Motors President Mark Reuss. "The GMC Hummer EV SUV joins its stablemate in the realm of true supertrucks, and Chevrolet will take everything Chevy's loyal truck buyers love about Silverado — and more — and put it into an electric pickup that will delight retail and commercial customers alike."

What will it be called? The teaser photo GM released was labeled "Silverado E". Stay tuned for confirmation on the name.

GM plans to deliver more than 1 million electric vehicles globally by 2025 and earn EV market leadership in North America. With the company's Ultium Platform, virtual development tools and technology, GM has reduced vehicle development times by nearly 50 percent to just 26 months.

The GMC Hummer EV pickup truck and Cruise Origin will also be built at Factory Zero. Reports indicate that a forthcoming Cadillac Escalade BEV could also be built there and be ready for dealerships around the same time as the Hummer EV SUV.

To ready for its new products, GM has invested $2.2 billion in a complete renovation and retooling at the historic GM manufacturing facility. The project is the largest ever for a GM manufacturing site. The plant's paint and body shops and general assembly area are receiving comprehensive upgrades, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling. The plant has expanded to over 4.5 million square feet.

Late last year General Motors revealed details about many of the new electric vehicles it has in the pipeline.

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