Marcus De Guzman / Jaguar | March 05, 2018 10:12
From concept to reality, Jaguar I-Pace goes official with 394 PS
After a lengthy teaser campaign, as well as being spotted by our spies on several occasions, Jaguar has officially revealed their new electric crossover, the I-Pace. First revealed in concept form during the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, the all-new crossover joins Jaguar's growing 'Pace' family and is touted of delivering sports car performance, along with intelligent smart systems in a five-seat electric crossover.
“We set out with a clean sheet approach to harness new battery electric technology with an architecture engineered from the outset to optimize EV performance, aerodynamics and interior space. The result is the I-PACE – a true Jaguar and a truly driver-focused EV,” said Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director.
Beginning with its exterior, it appears that Jaguar decided to keep the I-Pace's design faithful to the concept. Drawing inspiration from the C-X75 concept, the I-Pace features a sleek and aero-inspired look. Like the F-Pace, it gets the familiar front grill and headlight design while the rear and taillights feature styling cues from the F-Type. Also giving the I-Pace a more stylish look are its distinct tailgate and panoramic glass roof.
Step inside and a heap of high-tech instruments, in-car amenities and fine cabin trim greet the occupants. Serving as the I-Pace's infotainment system is the Jaguar InControl Touch Pro Duo. First used on the Range Rover Velar, it works via a pair of infotainment systems and comes with Smart Settings and even Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms. This allows the system to recognize driver preferences by setting the vehicle's driving and interior modes accordingly. The system also comes with navigation as well as voice command recognition.
Other features present in the I-Pace include sport bucket seats, leather upholstery, wood grain trim, gloss black plastic and faux metal accents, digital instrument panel and automatic climate control as such.
Giving the I-Pace its drive are a pair of in-house developed electric motors. They are placed at each axle and feature a compact design, with the driveshafts directly going through the motors. According to Jaguar, the motors deliver instanteneous torque that are on par with sports car performance thanks to 394 PS and 694 Nm of torque. Jaguar claimed that the I-Pace can sprint from 0 – 97 km/h in 4.5 seconds.
Powering the electric motors is a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which allows the i-Pace to have a maximum range of 386 km. Recharging the battery to 80-percent can be achieved in as quick as 40 minutes when charged with a 100 kW DC rapid charger. However, when recharging the battery at home with a 230V outlet, the same state of charge can be done in ten hours.
Beside the electric powertrain, the I-Pace also features an aluminum architecture that comes with advanced riveting and bonding technology for a lighter and stiffer body structure. With the battery placed in the center, Jaguar said this allowed the I-Pace to have a 50:50 weight distribution and a lower center of gravity.
The Jaguar I-Pace is set to make its official public appearance at the 2018 Geneva Interional Motor Show. Also, the I-Pace will initially be made available by mid-year as a 2019 model year.