The all-new, all-electric Jaguar I-Pace – the British carmaker’s first-ever EV – has already raised a few hackles in the world of electrified vehicles.
This marvelous specimen of automotive engineering does not only have the potential to give the Tesla X a run for its money, but it is also expected to lead the EV race in the foreseeable future.
Designed from the ground up, the new Jaguar I-Pace uses state-of-the-art 90 kW·h lithium ion battery to deliver an electrifying range of 480-kilometer per charge, with zero tailpipe emissions.
With the genes of a Jaguar coursing through the I-Pace, nothing less than an exhilarating ride experience can be expected from it, and the car definitely lives up to it in every which way imaginable.
The well-positioned battery, cleverly integrated into the chassis, affords the vehicle a low center of gravity and very effective weight distribution, thereby adding to the impressive driving dynamics.
Two powerful electric motors, identical to the ones used in Jaguar’s Formula E race-cars, provide enough immediate torque (400 PS and 696 Nm) to take the car from 0 to 100 kph in a snappy 4.8 seconds.
While the Jaguar I-Pace’s all-aluminum architecture gives the car its robustness, the all-wheel-drive capability allows smooth, controlled handling, practically, in all conditions.
The vehicle’s suspension technology ensures optimal agility and responsiveness, something that has become synonymous with the British brand.
As the car’s speed increases, the suspension lowers itself to counter the battery-sapping drag.
With gear-shifting out of the equation on this one, and with touch button ease all around, driving the I-Pace is truly an exquisite experience.
As you engage the Dynamic Mode via the Jaguar Drive Control System, there is an immediate enhancement in the vehicle’s ability to deliver greater dexterity and improved handling. That is what you would call an electrifying performance.
Hassle-free AC|DC charging at public charging points makes it a pretty reliable vehicle when away from home.
A typical 50kw DC charger can juice up the battery for the next 270 kilometers in just about an hour, which can reduce even further as charging infrastructure evolves.
Home charging, again, is as simple and convenient as charging your smartphone. An hour of charging using your wall box can deliver up to 35 kilometers of range, which effectively means the I-Pace can be fully juiced up overnight.
When we talk electric vehicles, range is of prime importance, and that’s exactly what every detail of the I-Pace has been designed for.
Even when it comes to increasing the cabin temperature, there’s no demand on the battery as a heat pump uses the heat generated from the car’s electrics and the outside air to warm the inside.
Also, as soon as you lift your foot from the pedal, the I-Pace’s regenerative braking system takes over, converting kinetic energy into electric energy, which again goes towards charging the battery.
Another way of saving battery power and optimizing range is to program the vehicle to pre-heat or pre-cool the interior using the power supply when the battery is charging.
Engaging the Eco Mode of the I-Pace also contributes to range as it encourages a more economical driving style.
The streamlined shape of the vehicle contributes to its aerodynamic efficiency, which in turn results in minimal air resistance as the car cuts cleanly through the air. This again is a burden off the battery’s back.
The sleek design and flowing contours of the I-Pace, right from the flush door handles down to the rear diffuser, not only contribute heavily toward battery efficiency and range, they also add immensely to the aesthetics of the vehicle, giving it a premium and sporty appearance.
The inward curving grill channels air through the hood scoop, taking it over the smooth contours of the roofline and around the body, resulting in a pretty impressive 0.2 Cd drag coefficient.
The first thing that strikes you about the Jaguar I-Pace’s cabin is its roominess. With engine and transmission tunnels out of the equation, the cabin extends further forward, providing comfortably ample leg room.
Form-fitting, twin-needle sewn seats in lavish leather; sleek, minimalist instrument panel; and subtle metallic touches all around all add to the contemporary ambiance of the cabin.
The technology at work inside the new I-Pace is again distinctively Jaguar class. A superlative audio system, climate features, different driving modes and vehicle dynamics setup are just a touch away on the sleek and minimalist dual touchscreen interface.
Here’s more: the connect pro pack not only lets you create a 4G WiFi hotspot for connecting up to eight devices at a time, but also affords enhanced navigation functionality such as sharing your estimated time of arrival; real-time traffic; satellite view; door to door route planning; as well as search for public charge points.
Ample booth space, more leg room for back seat passengers, storage under the back seats, acoustic laminated glass to muffle outside noise, and more, are all proof of the vehicle’s practicality for everyday usage.
With the help of the I-Pace remote app, you can communicate with the vehicle on your smartphone to control charging, lock or unlock, access range information, as well as find your way back to where you last parked your car with on foot directions.
Vehicle-optimized apps can be accessed via the I-Pace’s touchscreen by simply using your smartphone pack to share your Android or Apple smartphone screen.
And something that Jaguar could never have ignored is Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support that allows you to talk to your vehicle from the comfortable confines of your home.
Accurate range estimations, low power alerts, and charge station location and routing information can be easily accessed through the Navigation Pro.
The advanced head-up display allows you to focus on the road ahead by projecting clear and precise information and prompts on to the I-Pace’s windscreen.
The all-new Jaguar I-Pace is truly an electrifying electric vehicle.