More than a year since the concept Jaguar I-Pace was unveiled to great fanfare at the LA Auto Show, Jaguar has finally unveiled its £63,500 all-electric SUV production model — and it’s on sale in the UK from today.
The Jaguar I-Pace is one the most anticipated SUVs around because it’s the first production all-electric Jaguar, and also one of the first electric SUVs.
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First unveiled at the 2016 LA Motor Show, the new I-Pace takes design cues from the already successful F-Pace, but it’s the all-electric powertrain that really sets it apart from the rest of the range. Here is a summary of the key Jaguar I-Pace specs. Scroll down to read more about the Jaguar I-Pace release date, price, design, and more.
- The Jaguar I-PACE offers room for five adults plus luggage
- Its all-wheel drive performance comes from two Jaguar motors with a combined 394bhp and 696Nm
- The Jaguar I-Pace goes from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds
- A 90kWh Lithium-ion battery delivers up to 298-mile range
- It comes with rapid public charging taking the battery from 0-80% in 85 minutes, while a 30-minute charge gives an 80-mile range
- The Jaguar I-PACE will be fully compatible with 100kW chargers as the technology rolls out across the UK
- Smart Settings use artificial intelligence algorithms to tailor I-PACE to individual driver styles
- Wireless over-the-air updates mean you’ll always have the latest software, and will keep the car secure
- Jaguar I-PACE owners may be eligible to benefit from lower road taxes, reduced tolls and reduced congestion charges
- The car’s battery comes with an eight-year warranty and 21,000-mile/two-year servicing
- The Jaguar I-Pace release date is 1 March and its price is £63,495 in the UK (excluding government incentives)
Jaguar I-Pace: Release date
The Jaguar I-Pace is available from 1 March in S, SE and HSE models alongside a First Edition, each inspired by the design of the original I-Pace concept.
Jaguar I-Pace: Price
Before today’s Jaguar I-Pace launch, Jaguar hinted the I-Pace would cost around 10-15% more than an equivalent version of its F-Pace SUV. Our sister site Auto Express predicted it would cost around the £55,000, but the Jaguar I-Pace price in the UK has been set at £63,495.
Jaguar I-Pace: Design
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The I-Pace might be an SUV but it continues the same styling seen on other Jaguars such as the XF, XE and F-Pace. The front of the car is dominated by a large grille, and its strong, swooping lines make the Jaguar I-Pace look as though it’s moving, even when it isn’t. The back of the new SUV also echoes the design already seen on the I-Pace’s conventionally powered siblings, with narrow rear lights and an almost squashed rear window.
To make the car aerodynamic, while keeping it cool, Active Vanes in the grille open when cooling is required, but close when not needed so air is redirected through the so-called bonnet scoop.
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At the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace Concept, director of design Ian Callum said: “We’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package.
«[It’s] a radical departure for electric vehicles. It represents the next generation of battery electric-vehicle design. It’s a dramatic, future-facing design; the product of authentic Jaguar DNA matched with beautiful, premium details and British craftsmanship.»
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Jaguar I-Pace: Performance
The Jaguar I-Pace goes from go from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds meaning its a close match for the Tesla Model X, and it comes from two sets of motors delivering 396bhp of power and 696Nm of instant torque, all-wheel drive and all-surace traction. What’s more, thanks to a double wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension, the I-Pace is said to handle like a sports car rather than an SUV.
The battery is placed centrally between the two axles, and as low down as possible, with a seal between the housing and the underfloor. This means its aluminium body has 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity. Together with the structural battery pack, it has a torsional rigidity of 36kNm/degree – the highest of any Jaguar.
As the Jaguar I-Pace is all electric, it is powerful and efficient. Jaguar’s figures suggest a low drag coefficient of 0.29, which will help the I-Pace cut through the air, and Jaguar says that this helps it achieve has a predictive range of 500km on the NEDC cycle (more than 220 EPA).
Jaguar I-Pace: Interior
As a mid-sized SUV, and the fact the I-Pace’s cab has a forward design with compact EV powertrain, the layout of the Jaguar I-Pace optimises space for passengers making its interior space comparable to large SUVs.
In the back, legroom is 890mm and, because there’s no transmission tunnel, there’s a 10.5-litre central storage compartment. The back of the SUV also comes with tablet and laptop stowage beneath the seats, and the rear luggage compartment has a 656-litre capacity. This increases to 1,453-litres when the seats folded flat.
Jaguar I-Pace: On-board technology
The Jaguar I-PACE introduces the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system seen on other Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, namely the Land Rover.
It uses touchscreens, sensors and tactile physical controls which Jaguar claims is intuitive to use. On top of this, a new EV navigation system looks at the topography of the route, along with data from previous journeys, such as driving style, to calculate personalised range and charging status.
This uses AI-powered, Smart Settings to identify individual driver preferences before tailoring the I-PACE’s driving and interior settings accordingly.
Elsewhere, the Jaguar I-PACE will also launch an Amazon Alexa Skill meaning drivers will be able to ask an Alexa-enabled device for information held in the Jaguar InControl Remote app. For example: Is my car locked? What is the charging level? Do I have enough range to get to work?
To keep the system secure, this infotainment software will be update over-the-air.
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Jaguar I-Pace: eTrophy racing series
Depite the fact the car wasn’t even out at the time, at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show Jaguar announced the I-Pace eTROPHY racing series, an all-electric championship for its new EV.
Jaguar has said the series will use 20 identical I-Pace EVs, and it’ll be the main support series of the 2018 Formula E championship. It is not clear where this series will sit in relation to the FIA-approved Electric GT World Championship. That series is going to arrive this year or next year, and will use identical production-based Tesla Model S EVs in a similar setup. Just like the eTROPHY, Electric GT will have 20 cars in total, run by ten teams –but unlike Jaguar’s series, other manufacturers will eventually be able to join it.