The Jaguar I-Pace Has Arrived!
Zero emissions and Jaguar luxury combine in the first ever battery powered sports car from Jaguar -The I-Pace...
The long awaited I-Pace has now been released, in a reveal ceremony hosted by Jack Whitehall in Austria where the I-Pace will be built. The I-Pace joins the E-Pace and F-Pace in Jaguar's SUV family and rivals existing pure electric vehicles such as the BMW i3 and Tesla Model 3.
I-Pace range and charging
The I-Pace is powered using two electric motors, one placed on each axle, which use a 90kWh lithium ion battery. This creates 400hp and 696 Nm of instant torque allowing for a 0-60mph time of only 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 124mph.
The stated range of the I-Pace is 298 miles on a single charge. There are several clever features which help to keep range as high as possible. Heating and air conditioning draw power from the battery, so the I-Pace can pre-condition the cabin area whilst it is still plugged in and charging. This means electricity from the mains is used rather than the battery saving a few precious miles. The I-Pace also features a heat pump system whereby warm air from outside the vehicle, and created by the electrical components, can be moved into the cabin further reducing the need to use power from the battery.
High and low temperatures are known to affect batteries, interfering with the ability to maintain charge. So Jaguar has created a thermal management system which keeps the battery at its optimal working temperature to reduce these effects. There are two different systems that can be used involving braking. Firstly, day to day, the I-Pace uses enhanced regenerative braking which recovers almost all of the energy from braking. Secondly, in heavy traffic with a lot of stop and go driving, the level of regenerative braking can be increased via the I-Pace's touch screen. This will produce more aggressive regenerative braking, claiming back more power, and it will also boost the amount of control over speed with the use of the accelerator only.
In terms of charging, a powerful car needs a lot of energy. If you were charging at home, it would be wise to invest in a Jaguar approved wallbox which can be fitted in a driveway or garage. This provides a 7kW AC and will take 13 hours to fully charge the I-Pace. Fast chargers are common at public charging stations and provide a 50kW DC which can provide 80% battery charge in 85 minutes. The fastest way to charge the I-Pace is using a 100kW rapid charger, these are rolling out across the UK at the moment. With this charger you can reach 80% charge in around 45 minutes. The plug in point on the I-Pace can be found tucked behind the front wheel arch.
Exterior styling on the I-Pace
The I-Pace is an all wheel drive SUV coupe. While the I-Pace will join the E-Pace and F-Pace in Jaguar's SUV family, it has some unique exterior features that set it apart. The outside of the I-Pace has been designed to be as aerodynamic as possible while retaining Jaguar's character. The pronounced bonnet scoop allows air to be channelled through the grille so it can be directed up and over the roofline. The grille has active vanes that can open when cooling is required and close when cooling is not needed to create a smooth flow of air. The door handles lie flush to the body and the LED headlights and rear lights have their own J shape distinct from the other members of the Pace trio. Tweaks to the exterior shape have allowed Jaguar to create a drag coefficient of 0.29Cd, the less resistance the I-Pace experiences the less power it takes to move forward increasing overall range.
The roof offers three choices; body coloured, black contrast or a panoramic glass roof. The glass used on the I-Pace absorbs UV light, and is laminated to reduce noise from outside entering the cabin, creating a peaceful atmosphere for your journey.
Driving a completely silent car does pose a problem with pedestrians being aware of your presence. To combat this the I-Pace will make a sound at speeds under 12mph so those in the immediate vacinity are alerted.
Inside the I-Pace: Interior styling and technology
The interior of the I-Pace is clean and uncluttered. The air inside can go through cabin air ionisation which reduces the amount of bacteria and pollutants present as well as eliminate odours. As there is no combustion engine present in the I-Pace, it allows the floor to be flat, this increases the internal space for passengers, so the I-Pace can comfortably seat 5 adults. The boot space stands at a generous 656 litres which can increase to 1,453 litres when the rear seats are folded down. There is also a further 27 litres of storage at the front and a 10.5 litre central storage compartment, so you will never be short on space.
The dashboard is dominated by screens. Behind the steering wheel is an interactive driver display which includes 3D mapping, alongside all the important driver information needed on a journey such as range remaining and speed. Central on the dashboard is a 10" touchscreen which serves as the main control to Jaguar's infotainment system Touch Pro Duo. The second 5" screen below takes care of other functions such as the cabin climate.
The Touch Pro Duo system allows for smartphone integration and includes Amazon's Alexa, so you can ask the I-Pace questions on your journey, such as 'where is the nearest restaurant?'. The sat nav system in this Jaguar is unlike others as it will calculate the best route for you to take considering factors such as traffic and road inclines to make sure as much range as possible is preserved.
Your I-Pace will have the ability to learn about your preferences as a driver. This knowledge will include; how you like your seat positioned, where you travel to most often and which radio station you like to listen to. The I-Pace can then recognise the user and pre-set all these preferences for you.
The I-Pace is able to create a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for you and is equipped with a Meridian Sound System. For those who regularly run or swim there is an option to order an activity key with your I-Pace. This key can be worn on a wristband and is waterproof, so you never need to worry about carrying or losing your car key when out and about.
The driver aids available will vary depending on which trim level you choose and have all previously been seen on other Jaguar models. The aids available are:
- Adaptive cruise control with steering assist
- Emergency braking
- Cruise control and speed limiter
- Traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter
- Driver condition monitor
- Lane keep assist
- Rear camera
- Park assist
- Rear traffic monitor
- Clear exit monitor
- Blind spot assist
- High speed emergency braking
- Adaptive cruise control with steering assist
- Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
- Head-Up display
These innovative features all aim to make your journey as stress free and safe as possible.
I-Pace Trim Levels
There are 3 trim levels available starting with the entry level Jaguar I-Pace S and ending with the highest spec I-Pace HSE with the SE in between. Examples of the features found on each model can be seen in the table below;
Jaguar I-Pace Trim levels
|S||SE (in addition to S0||HSE (in addition to SE)|
|Automatic LED headlights||Driver condition monitor||20" alloy wheels||20" alloy wheels with diamond turned finish|
|LED tail lights||Traffic sign recognition||Premium LED headlights with power wash||Matrix LED headlights|
|Rain sensing windscreen wipers||Lane keep assist||Powered tailgate||Windsor leather sports seats|
|18" alloy wheels||Rear camera||Auto-dimming, power folding, heated door mirrors||18 way electrically adjustable memor seats|
|Push button start||Rear traffic monitor||Grained leather sports seats||Heated seats front and rear|
|Two-zone climate control||Clear exit monitor||10 way adjustable memory front seats||Adaptive cruise control with steering assist|
|Luxtec sport seats||Park assist||Adaptive cruise control with stop and go|
|8-way semi powered front seats||360 degree around view camera||Hight-speed emergency braking|
|All wheel drive||Meridian sound system||Blind spot assist|
|Electric parking brake||Cruise control with speed limiter|
|Keyless entry||Emergency braking|
|Touch Pro Duo||Voice control|
|12.3" Interactive Driver Display||Bluetooth|
|Navigation Pro||DAB radio|
In addition to the 3 models above there will be a limited 'First Edition' only made during the first year of manufacture. It will have all the features on the I-Pace HSE, plus fixed panoramic roof, privacy glass, heated windscreen, heated washer jets, front fog lights, heated steering wheel, head-up display, activity key, adaptive air suspension, adaptive surface response and metal treadplates with First Edition branding all provided as standard.
The starting price for the Jaguar I-Pace is £63,495 which can be reduced using the government plug-in grant worth £4,500 to £58,995. Each I-Pace will come with an 8 year battery warranty and will require servicing every 21,000 miles or 2 years.
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