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Review: Jaguar I PACE

Is this a serious contender to the Tesla Model X? Maybe so. Jaguar is planning to make a bold entry into the world of electric vehicles with an SUV. This is a review of the groundbreaking Jaguar I-Pace, and what you can expect when it comes out in 2018.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Jaguar
  • Model: I PACE
  • First available: July 2018
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 4s
  • Range: 220 miles

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    High‑tech, lithium‑ion battery which has a capacity of 90 kWh.

  • Charge time

    80% charge in 90 minutes with a 50kW DC rapid charger.

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Four screens conveniently positioned for the driver. The center console contains two infotainment touchscreens, while vehicle information sits separately behind the steering wheel.
    A full‑color Head‑Up Display discreetly displays key information on the vehicle’s windshield.

Extended e-car range with new battery

Probably the most important innovation is that Jaguar themselves, have created an SUV that flaunts a 500km range per charge. The batteries and technology incorporated, are some of the most innovative piece of hardware to ever grace an Electric Vehicle.

The batteries are placed in pouch cells, and give off less heat than other electric vehicle batteries. Meaning better efficiency, lighter weight and higher density. In fact, this car packs a serious charge at 90 kWh already.

They’ve even incorporated energy saving technology, that draws heat from the surroundings to keep the batteries at the ideal working temperature. Especially in colder conditions. By not using the battery power to do so, this translates in up to 50km more range.

As for charging the car, a 50kW charger can charge the batteries fully in just over 2 hours, 80% charge is possible in 90 minutes. The I-Pace will be able to charge faster, when higher power chargers become available.

How does it drive?

Being a Jaguar, some of the authenticity had to be preserved to give the car its very British feel. A feel that complements Jaguar’s pedigree of high performance.

Though since the I-Pace is Jaguar’s first electric car, this could potentially change things a bit. We’re not entirely sure. Though as speed goes, the I-Pace isn’t slow. Two motors connected to the front and rear wheels make this an All Wheel Drive car. The motors combined produce 400 horsepower and a stunning 700Nm of Torque.

This translates to 0-60mph in just over 4s, and instant power delivery as told by those who’ve test driven the prototype.

An intelligent system controls the torque every wheel gives out. This helps when there’s varying levels of tractions in different conditions. The batteries are positioned as such for a lower centre of gravity, and are balanced to have a perfect 50-50 weight distribution. This makes for much better handling and control compared to any standard SUV.

Inside the I-Pace

Even though the I-Pace is smaller on the outside than the F-Pace, the interior of the car is more spacious due to electric technology freeing up cabin space.

You’ll have 3 screens in the car, a 12” HD Screen right in front of the steering for instruments display such as the speed, range and charge levels. A 12” touchscreen on the centre console that can display directions, and a 5” touchscreen for various entertainment settings.

Guesses are being a Jaguar, the interior will have no compromise in terms of craftsmanship, quality of materials and attention to detail. You will be impressed.

Leaving Thoughts

There’s still more to come for sure, as the car will only be released in 2018.

The I-Pace definitely looks like Jaguar’s area of focus at the moment, and for the foreseeable future. The whole automotive industry is starting to become more electrified, and Jaguar is no exception.

1 User Review on “Jaguar I PACE”

  1. StephenSD
    Jaguar I-PACE Concept: Jaguar’s First Electric Car
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    - Other

    by Stephen Fogel

    Jaguar revealed its first electric car, the I-PACE Concept, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The I-PACE Concept is a preview of the production version of this vehicle, which is expected to arrive during the second half of 2018. The I-PACE is billed as “the ultimate electric performance SUV.”

    The Jaguar I-PACE Concept seats five with “supercar looks, sports car performance and SUV space,” according to Jaguar. The production version, to be shown to the public in late 2017, will go on sale in 2018.

    Styling: Form Follows Function
    The I-PACE Concept’s distinctive styling is the result of maximizing its aerodynamic efficiency with the objective of extending its range. The hood scoop, air ducts, and flush door handles help it slice through the air.

    Interior: People Come First
    The interior of the I-PACE Concept reflects the freedom electric car designers have when there is no large combustion engine or bulky transmission tunnel to design around. The wheels have been pushed out to the corners, stretching the wheelbase and interior space. Legroom is generous for all five passengers. The panoramic glass roof and floating center console make the inside light and airy. The elegant blend of leather, wood, fabric and aluminum gives the cabin an upscale yet comfortable feel.

    A Powerful Drivetrain
    The specifications of the I-PACE include 400 horsepower, 516 lb.-ft. of torque, and zero to 60 MPH in about 4 seconds. These numbers would put it in the league of the Tesla Model S and Model X electric vehicles. Range is predicted to be 220 miles, as calculated by the EPA.

    If it is anything like the concept, the Jaguar I-PACE promises an exciting and luxurious electric driving experience. It will certainly give the high-end Tesla models some serious competition!

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