Jaguar has finally taken the wraps off its first all-electric car, the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, which also happens to be an SUV. And for a first time effort, this EV is pretty special.
It’s arguably the best looking EV sold publicly, both inside and out, with master designer Ian Callum and his team creating an electric vehicle that will appeal to the masses, but still looks different enough to let people know that it’s worth taking notice of.
Like most EVs in this space, the I-Pace is all-wheel-drive, and with two electric motors combining to produce 395bhp (294kW) and 696Nm (513 lb-ft), there’s enough oomph to get it to 100kmh in 4.8 seconds.
But hold on, that’s a lot of power and torque – surely it should be quicker, right? Well, despite a mostly aluminium build, the I-Pace still weighs a hefty 2133kg. There’s no getting around the fact that batteries are always going to add weight.
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Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk a bit about the car.
Designed from the ground up, with its own platform, the I-Pace has the battery pack built in as part of the chassis. This not only lowers the centre of gravity, but also creates a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
It also allows for the structure of the car to be extremely rigid, with Jaguar quoting its highest ever torsional rigidity – 36,000Nm/degree.
Mounting the battery pack this way also allows the I-Pace to be fitted with double-wishbone front suspension and an integral-link rear axle when fitted with the optional air suspension.
“Where other companies talk about the future, we build it,” said Dr Ralf Speth, CEO Jaguar Land Rover. “We have torn up the rule book to create the newest member of the PACE family, the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE. With zero tailpipe emissions, no CO2 and no particulates, it moves us dramatically closer to our vision of a clean, safe and sustainable future.”
Jag’s expecting to set up a raft of rapid-charging stations, which it says will give you 100km of range in just 15 minutes. Hang around for 40 minutes and you’ll get 80 per cent of a full “tank” of electricity. Do it at home, with a 7kW AC wall mounted charger and the 80 per cent will take around 10 hours.
Drive reasonably sedately and the company says you’ll get around 480km per charge, which means you’ll probably want one of those rapid charging stations near your work.
Drive is taken care of by a pair of motors, which Jaguar is very proud to say it designed in-house. The driveshafts run through the motors and torque distribution is able to be sorted for each individual wheel.
It can also send up to 90 per cent of drive to the rear axle, to create a very rear-wheel-drive feeling car.
Inside, the I-Pace features possibly one of Jag’s best interiors to date. A whole raft of settings can be taken care of on your phone as well, like pre-conditioning the battery and setting the climate control before you’ve hopped in the car.
The company has done a tonne of work to make the materials as tactile as possible, with plenty of tech thanks to its dual touchscreen centre console. The upper screens takes care of sat-nav and audio, while HVAC and vehicle settings are looked after by the lower screen, much like the Range Rover Velar.
Behind the lower screen is a generous space for equipment, while three seat designs will be offered to buyers.
Jaguar’s exterior design, having taken inspiration from the C-X75 concept, means the bonnet is a lot shorter, and the rear end quite stubby, creating a much more roomy interior space. The company even claims that despite it being a mid-size SUV, it has the same room as a large SUV.
While the exterior length is 4682mm, which is similar in length to the F-Pace, the wheelbase is a massive 2990mm, liberating plenty of space for passengers.
No transmission tunnel means the I-Pace gets a 10.5-litre centre storage space up front, while rear legroom is 890mm. There’s also space under the seats for storing a tablet or laptop, and the luggage space gives you 656-litres, with 1,453-litres available when the back seats are folded flat.
There’s also a small space under the bonnet, which Jag calls the “froot” – a front boot.
There will be three trim levels – S, SE and HSE – a very Land Rover-like offering. And there will be a First Edition run as well.
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