Jaguar unveils new I-Pace electric SUV

Posted March 03, 2018

The 2019 I-Pace doesn't actually look that different from the concept version that previewed it.

The battery is placed centrally between the two axles, and as low down as possible with a seal between the housing and the underfloor. Overall the body is quite aerodynamic, with a drag co-efficient of 0.29Cd. 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is practically a SUV that combines sports auto performance along with next-gen AI.

Jaguar promises that the cabin is a spacious place to be in and comes with a whole bunch of storage space as also features. The Jaguar I-PACE joins the growing Jaguar SUV range. The more powerful SUV narrows the distance between it and the I-PACE to reach 60 miles per hour - only a half car-length this time - but still lags behind it by roughly the same amount in the braking test. Pointing out that a P100D would nearly get you two I-PACE for the same amount, Jaguar opted not to test that particular model (plus there's certainly no way the Tesla would've been beaten). It's similar in length to Jaguar's XE midsize sedan at 4.67 metres (184 inches).

But of course, the I-Pace won't be strong enough to compete with the Ludicrous Model X and this is where the vehicle will have to concede defeat.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans was driving the I-Pace while IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan took the wheel of the Model Xs.

The I-Pace has been designed from the outset as an electric vehicle (EV) and also a performance one. The instantaneous torque, lightweight aluminum construction and compact size mean it can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. Go for a 100kW rapid charger, and that time drops to just 40 minutes. Stay tuned for more new rides coming soon.

With a state-of-the-art 90kWh Lithium-ion battery using 432 pouch cells, the I-PACE delivers a range of up to 298 miles (WLTP cycle). There's also an EV navigation system said to be capable of calculating an extremely accurate personalised range based on insights from previous journeys - even down to driving style - as well as factors from the current journey like the topography ahead.

Amazon's Alexa Skill enables owners at home to access information in the Jaguar InControl remote app.

Canadian pricing will be announced in late March, according to a JLR Canada spokesman.

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.

Germany's BMW is also planning all-electric models and hybrid vehicles and its first electric Mini will be released next year.