Jaguar’s first SUV is here and it’s all it claims to be, a performance crossover for those who love driving, with unrivalled dynamics and everyday usability. It looks like a Jaguar XE or XF on the front, and on the back, it looks like the F-Type Jaguar. The design is definitely head turning and the drive is even better with so much tech fitted to ensure you have the best experience. As we do on GadgetsBoy, this is not a car review, so you won’t be reading about how well it handles corners, but you will be reading about the infotainment system inside the F-Pace so you know what to expect when you manage to get hold of yours, or if you’re still thinking about it, this should educate you.
Just as a prerequisite, the package or level of technology you get will depend on which version you opt for, but for the scope of this article, we’ll focus on the full whack! – the premium InControl Touch Pro system. As you enter the F-Pace, you won’t miss the 10.2-inch tablet-style touchscreen, powered by an Intel quad-core processor, it’s intuitive to use and with superb quality graphics, it’s easy to see and use in any lighting conditions, so no matter where your adventure takes you, it’s ready when you are.
As the title suggests, this is a very well connected car; you can connect up to eight devices on the Wi-Fi hotspot, so if you go on a family road trip for example, you can all be connected for entertainment or work. You can stream music from your favourite service and when you have no connection, Jaguar offers a 100GB SSD storage to store your music locally too and SSD offers faster access, with no lag when compared to a traditional HDD.
The traditional speedometer and rev counter dashboard is now outdated and with the way technology is advancing, it’s only right that it gets transformed into something more dynamic. There’s a virtual 12.3-inch HD instrument cluster with four visual themes and full-screen 3D navigation display, supplemented by laser head-up display.
The navigation system can save you time by learning your commute, offers true door-to-door guidance and can even advise others of your arrival time. Navigation can also be shown full-screen – in 3D – in the 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster. With the route planner app, you can set your destination before you get in the car and continue with your journey – you can even track your flight, get live traffic information and accurately work out if you have enough fuel to complete your journey.
Did we forget to mention there’s also a mobile app available? You can monitor you fuel consumption including how much fuel you have left, lock you car, find your car in a busy car park and even start your car remotely, as well as set in car temperature for when you get in. To take this technology further, you can even use your Apple watch to perform the same operation, like unlocking your car right from your wrist.
The premium InControl Touch Pro system is truly phenomenal as far as in car infotainment is concerned; besides the usual mode of connectivity, you can even connect to your car via HDMI, MHL and USB 3.0, play video wirelessly, watch TV and you can customise with widgets and apps.
For the active people out there, Jaguar also included something called the “Activity Key”. It’s a waterproof, wearable technology for active lifestyles, allowing the keys to be securely locked inside the vehicle. Imagine you were going surfing and you don’t have a locker for your car key, wallet and other items, you can simply lock everything securely in the car and wear the Active Key on your wrist.
When activated, the car keys inside the car is deactivated so even if someone were to break in, they still can’t go anywhere. Activity Key has no battery, so you never have to worry about changing it.
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