After a teaser campaign that started over a year ago, Jaguar have finally officially unveiled their incredible new all-electric SUV, Jaguar I-PACE.
Offering 400PS, 696nm of torque and a 0-62mph sprint of just 4.8 seconds, it certainly seems that Jaguar’s I-PACE has been worth the wait. These very impressive abilities (which have been demonstrated when it was put up against Tesla’s Model X) come courtesy of a 90kWh Lithium-ion battery that feeds its power to all-four wheels through two Jaguar-designed electric motors positioned on each axle.
Delivering a range of 480km, owners of the new Jaguar I-PACE will be able to charge the battery from 0-80 per cent in just 40 minutes when they use a 100kW DC rapid charger. If a rapid charger isn’t available, it takes just ten hours to achieve full battery (using a 7kW AC wall box) meaning that an overnight charge will be more than enough.
Giving the I-PACE instantaneous performance, the battery has been placed low down in between the two axles in order to ensure that the I-PACE benefits from 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity.
Combined with a bespoke EV aluminium architecture, an advanced double wishbone at the front and an Integral Link rear axle, Jaguar have ensured that I-PACE offers agile handling as well as outstanding comfort and pace.
In-keeping with the futuristic drivetrain, the styling has remained similar to the initial concept that we saw in 2016. The front and rear styling contrasting beautifully, I-PACE mixes influences found in the Jaguar C-X75 with a coupe-like silhouette and a squared-off rear. It’s a very beautiful car.
More than just being aesthetically pleasing, the design is also very aerodynamic and boasts a drag co-efficient of just 0.29Cd. Helping both the car’s aerodynamics and cooling, Active Vanes in the grille open when cooling is required but, when not required, remain closed to increase airflow into the bonnet scoop and subsequently smooth airflow.
Despite being a mid-sized SUV, Jaguar’s I-PACE manages to offer a level of interior space that is similar to a larger car. Thanks to the EV powertrain and lack of transmission tunnel, I-PACE offers 890mm of rear legroom and a 10.5-litre central storage compartment. In standard configuration, the boot offers 656-litres of space but with the rear seats folded flat that is boosted to 1,453-litres.
Besides being spacious the interior is home to endless luxury and technology. For the first time in a Jaguar, infotainment comes from the Touch Pro Duo system and is displayed on twin central displays.
Allowing owners to take full advantage of the electric powertrain, I-PACE features a new EV navigation system that assesses elements such as driving style and topography to calculate a personalised range and charging status.
I-PACE also sees the launch of Amazon Alexa Skill. This new feature allows owners with Alexa enabled devices to ask Alexa for information that is within the Jaguar InControl Remote app. Meaning that they can now simply ask Alexa things like “Is my car locked? “What is the current charge status?” and “Do I have enough charge to get to X?”
Despite being Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, it certainly seems that they have hit the mark with I-PACE; we’re really looking forward to getting to know it better when it arrives at our dealerships. What do you think of the all-new Jaguar I-PACE? We’d like to read your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.