The new Jaguar I-Pace was revealed by global webcast on 1 March 2018 and will make its public premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March 2018. The webcast was from Graz, Austria, where the fully electric SUV will be built.
“Not only will the I-Pace charge quickly enough for our customers to carry out their everyday lives, it will offer powerful and precise performance in a variety of conditions and climactic extremes. Allied with the versatile credentials of our celebrated PACE family, this will be an electric performance SUV like no other.” — Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director.
Those of a certain age will remember Jaguar’s motto: “Grace, Space and Pace.”
Jaguar claims a 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.5 seconds, enough to surprise a regular sports car and elicit a thrill or two. The Jaguar-designed twin motors for all-wheel-drive and the 90-kWh battery will deliver around 240 miles of driving range. Those metrics match the Tesla Model X SUV (75-kWh) which starts at $80,000.
Jaguar hasn’t set the I-Pace price yet, but it should be in the same ballpark. After adding options like bespoke finishes and plush materials, the cost will quickly climb into uber-luxury status.
The I-Pace charges from zero to 80 per cent charge in 45 minutes, using a DC 100kW charger.
Jaguar has always been about sleek design to set it apart from the hoi polloi. The I-Pace fits in well with the rest of the Jaguar family with a open-mouthed grille at the front, and thin slits for headlights.
The huge hood scoop is not just for posing and actually functions smartly: When the battery or cabin don’t require cooling, active vanes in the front grille close, to redirect air through the scoop, smoothing airflow around the vehicle.
The improved aerodynamics helps at motorway speeds to reduce the battery drain.
Standard air suspension drops the car by 0.4 inches at speeds above 65 mph, to further reduce drag.
With the low, droopy front, four wheels pushed out to the corners, and the batteries shoe-horned into the floor, there is lots of space to play with.
Jaguar designers had the freedom to push the passenger cell and the windscreen further forward than usual. The vehicle has a similar footprint to Jaguar’s combustion-engined SUV — the F-Pace — but with a more spacious interior.
The dashboard boasts a 10-inch display for navigation and music, and a 5.5-inch screen underneath for climate controls, with integrated knobbly controls. The technology is somewhat future-proof being the first Jaguar able to receive over-the-air software updates ala Tesla.
Unique Selling Point
For normal driving, you may only need to use one pedal — the accelerator. Jaguar is promoting that as a selling feature because electric cars regenerate energy by using the motors as generators when you lift off the accelerator. That produces a braking force without having to actually touch the brake pedal. It makes driving in heavy stop-go traffic easier.
Another comfort feature is the use of mains power to prepare the car’s battery and cabin temperature ahead of a journey. Pre-conditioning the car ensures maximum range, performance and comfort whatever the ambient temperatures.
Setting up preferred charging times and pre-conditioning schedules can be done using either the on-board InControl system, or the Remote Smartphone APP, and is as easy as setting an alarm.
Video: Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV
With sports car performance and capable of charging in 45 minutes, the Jaguar I-Pace SUV allows the practicality of an every day car – the daily commute, school run, or even coping with sub-zero temperatures.
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