Geneva: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace

March 02 05:28 2018

We first saw the future of electrified Jags with the I-Pace concept in late 2016, when the automaker promised a production variant to arrive in 2018. It promises sports vehicle performance, next-gen AI technology, combined with the practicality of an SUV.

The I-PACE utilizes a 90kWh Lithium-ion battery with 432 pouch cells, allowing the vehicle to achieve a claimed 298 miles (475 km) maximum range.

The battery (mounted centrally between the two axles) can use rapid public charging to give 80% charge in just 85 minutes. The Chevy Bolt EV and the Jaguar I-Pace are roughly tied at about 240 miles apiece. At home, the same 80 percent charge will take ten hours via a standard 230V/32A wall box. For power, the electric drivetrain produces 394 and 512 lb-ft of torque.

On the dash you’ll find a 10-inch display for navigation and music, and a 5.5-inch screen below it for climate controls, with integrated twisty knobs, similar to that of its stablemate, the Range Rover Velar.

Horsepower and torque There is one clear victor here, and that’s the Jaguar I-Pace.

If you’re in the house and you want to know how much range is remaining in the I-Pace’s battery, or whether you locked the doors, just ask Alexa.

With 395bhp, all-wheel-drive and space for five adult passengers, Jaguar claims the I-Pace puts it at the forefront of the EV revolution, with a spacious, practical SUV that still offers the brands’ legendary driving experience.

JAGUAR’S foreign-built I-Pace electric vehicle will learn as much as it can about its owner, so that every time she or he walks up to open the driver’s door, everything’s exactly how you want it.

With a “cabin forward” design theme and short front overhang, the I-PACE has wheelbase of 9ft 9ins making for plenty of room inside, a 656 litre boot and space for 25 litres more of cargo under the bonnet.

That means a 0-60 miles per hour time of 4.5 seconds, Jaguar claims, courtesy of two electric motors for standard all-wheel drive. Combine that with the advanced double wishbone front suspension and Integral Link rear axle with optional air suspension and configurable Adaptive Dynamics, and you get “agile handling and outstanding ride comfort”, according to Jaguar. However, the I-Pace’s are complemented by two rotary dials that can be operated by feel and that change function depending on the menu you’ve selected.

The new vehicle has a range of up to 298 miles and will cost from £63,495 before any government grants are taken into account.

The I-Pace also carries over-the-air update capabilities, so owners won’t need to schlep to dealers or whip out USB flash drives in order to keep the software up-to-date.

Jaguar plans to take the I-Pace to at least one place that Tesla hasn’t gone: The racetrack.

Cars sold overseas will include Amazon Alexia Skill, software that will allow the driver to ask natural questions about the I-Pace relating to how much charge the auto has, and if there’s enough in reserve to get them home from work.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

Geneva: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace
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