Jaguar has been teasing the I-Pace for quite some time now, and for many justifiable reasons, first it signals a new era at Jaguar where an electric-only car is in its lineup, second it is the first electric car from a luxury automaker, it is safe to say that everyone in the auto industry is looking closely at this one.
The I-pace is striking to look at, it retains the big cat’s design language but has applied rigorous aerodynamic principles to it, the result is a swooping yet upright design that blurs the lines. The front and back have an angular variation of the current light cluster design. From the side, short overhangs give it a sporty stance, concealing a very large boot capacity but makes you doubt rear headroom. Inside the interior is also extremely attractive, the dash has swooping lines and is adorned by two dual touch screens, one for the infotainment, and the other is mixed with physical dials, which I believe is a better approach than just touch, especially when driving. Then there’s the steering wheel which is one of the most beautiful three spoke steering wheels, ever.
As for the power, the electric drive-train is an original Jaguar system, two compact motors power the front and back wheels, the batteries are placed between them underneath the car, giving it a low center of gravity, the system produces 400 hp and 696 nm, the I-Pace reaches 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds.
The 90kWh Lithium-ion battery, give the I-Pace a range of 480km. DC rapid charging (100kW) provides 0-80 per cent battery charge in just 40 minutes. Home charging with an AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over ten hours. With the I-Pace Jaguar has acknowledged that electric cars are the future, and they couldn’t have done it any better. Tesla ought to be worried.