A New Electric Contender – The Jaguar I-Pace

The new Jaguar I-Pace is the first pure-electric model from the Coventry-based brand.

Up until now, there has only ever been one contender when looking for a premium electric SUV- the Tesla Model X.

Things have now changed. The new Jaguar I-Pace is the first pure-electric model from the Coventry-based brand and sets the standard for a range of forthcoming electrified Jaguars.

All Electric Drive

The I-Pace all-wheel-drive system is powered by two electric motors, one on each axle, both motors producing 395bhp and 513lb ft, which takes the 38kg I-Pace to 0-60mph in 4.5sec. This is slower than the range-topping Model X P100D but significantly faster than most SUVs currently on the market.

Powered by a 90kWh battery made up of high energy density lithium-ion pouch cells, the I-Pace delivers a stated range of up to 298 miles, according to the new WLTP cycle. That equates to 336 miles on the old NEDC test and 240 miles on the American EPA cycle.

At home, a 7kW wall box will charge the battery from 0% to 80% in 10 hours, while using a 50kw DC rapid charger, commonly found at most public charging stations, the I-Pace can achieve up to 168 miles of range per hour. The model is also compatible with 100kW public chargers, which will give an 80% charge in 45min but are not yet available publicly in the UK.  Jaguar has recently stated that the 100kW-plus charging points will be available to the public by the time the first I-Paces are delivered to customers in the summer.

The Interior

The I-Pace’s futuristic cabin comes with a sweeping dashboard with three giant infotainment displays, two 10-inch screens in the centre console and another mounted behind the steering wheel replacing conventional analogue instruments.

The centre dashboard allows access to the satellite navigation, stereo and phone functions, with the lower centre console being used to control secondary systems, such as the air conditioning and driving modes. The display mounted behind the steering wheel is similar to the Virtual Cockpit found in high-end Audis and lets the driver decide exactly what information they want to be displayed directly in front of them, and in what layout.

Jaguars Latest Tech

Jaguar’s latest navigation system found in the I-Pace offers new functionality and features using topography and analysis from previous journeys to offer the most accurate range predictions possible. The I-Pace will also be the first Jaguar to get an Alexa link, allowing users to ask their Alexa devices for information about the car’s status and charge levels. The I-Paces app found on both the Apple and Android store, allows you to stay updated and interact with key vehicle information including available range, charging status and charge rate.

Jaguar’s latest cabin pre-conditioning technology uses a heat pump to control the cabin climate by using energy from the outside air to warm the cabin, rather than relying on power-hungry electric heaters and contributes around 31 miles to the car’s range compared with a conventionally heated equivalent in cold weather. You can also pre-heat or pre-cool I‑Pace’s interior using the Touchscreen or, remotely, via the smartphone app to ensure the vehicle is at your desired temperature before you enter.

There is no shortage of connectivity on board the I-Pace with 4G WiFi hotspot offering internet access to eight devices. There are also six USB ports and three 12V power sockets available.

Practicality

The I-Pace is 4628mm long making it fractionally shorter than the likes of the Audi Q5 or the Porsche Macan.  Its well-shaped boot can, however, swallow 100 more litres of luggage at 656 litres total capacity. Flip the rear seats down for a flat floor and this figure rises to 1,453 litres. There’s also an additional 30litre bay below the bonnet.

There is enough headroom in the I-Pace for four six-footers but it can feel a bit claustrophobic in the back due to the way the roof curves. Life is quite uncomfortable for a central rear passenger because their seat has a harder backrest than the others.

Looking to add a new electric car to your fleet or just looking for more information, get in touch today.

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