Jaguar I-Pace officially debuts, can it stop the Tesla Model X’s reign?

Jaguar has officially revealed its first all-electric SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace. Slotting below the F-Pace, the compact EV is set to win the hearts of customers through its zero tailpipe emissions, everyday practicality and sleek coupe-like silhouette.

Inspired by the C-X75, the I-Pace shares the similar design cues with the Jaguar supercar – low bonnet, aerodynamic roof design and curved windscreen. Every curve and body lines work in harmony to help the I-Pace slice through the air as efficiently as possible, resulting in a drag coefficient of just 0.29 Cd. Other drag reduction measures include Active Vanes (electronically controlled flaps), flush door handles and optional air suspension that lowers the ride height by 10 mm at speeds above 105 km/h.

Without an internal combustion engine, Jaguar was able to package more interior space for the compact SUV that is comparable to large SUVs. For example, the boot space is rated at 656 litres, a touch more than the larger F-Pace’s 650 litres. Technological highlights on the I-Pace include Touch Pro Duo infotainments system, Vibrant HD displays, haptic rotary controllers, over-the-air software updates, built-in 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and Ask Alexa – Amazon powered AI helper.

Other options include fine-grain Windsor leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, interior trims finished in deep piano black, satin wood grain or polished aluminium, performance seats and upholstery colour theme.

The I-Pace features a dual-motor set up – one on each axle – giving it all-wheel drive capabilities. The two electric motors give a combined output of 394 hp and 696 Nm of twisting force, enough to launch the I-Pace from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.

The bespoke EV aluminium architecture that holds the 90-kWh lithium-ion battery packs between the axles helps the I-Pace to achieve 50:50 weight distribution and low centre of gravity. The inherently balanced chassis is coupled with double wishbone front and Integral Link rear axle with (optional) air suspension and configurable Adaptive Dynamics to give the all-electric SUV agile handling properties.

Jaguar also promises that a full charge will give the I-Pace 480 km of driving range before needing a recharge. Plugged into a standard home wall box (7 kW) can achieve 80 percent charge in 10 hours. When using a DC 100 kW charging station, however, the I-Pace that is compatible with rapid charging will charge the battery from 0 to 80 percent in just 45 minutes or additional 100 km range for every 15 minutes.



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