The Jaguar I-Pace marks the automaker’s entry in the world of electric mobility with its e-SUV set to take on the Tesla Model X, Mercedes EQ C and the Audi e-tron quattro.
Electric mobility is the future and Jaguar is the latest company to make its entry there. The British carmaker has officially revealed the Jaguar I-Pace at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show 2018, which is easily the most unconventional offering to come in the manufacturer’s history. The Jaguar I-Pace marks the beginning of a new era for the company as the model will be competing against a host of electric cars in the future including the Tesla Model X, Mercedes EQ C and the Audi e-tron quattro. Jaguar has revealed prices for the I-Pace in the UK and the e-SUV starts at 58,995 Pounds (around ₹ 53 lakh).
The design language is distinctly Jaguar-like on the I-Pace and certainly oozes a lot of appeal and flamboyance for an electric car. There are hints of the the E-Pace and F-Pace, as well as the F-Type on the new e-SUV, while Jaguar has also incorporated design elements from the C-X75, which can be seen on the wheel arches. The Jaguar I-Pace measures 4682 mm in length, which is about 10 mm longer than the Jaguar XE, but the wheelbase has been stretched by a 160 mm over the sedan at 2990 mm.
The Jaguar I-Pace is an SUV and is underpinned by an all-new aluminium platform along with two electric motors and Jaguar’s own battery technology. The electric motors are mounted on each axle. The I-Pace uses a 90kWh battery pack, made up from 432 lithium-ion cells and mounted in a frame that’s an integral structural component in the car’s floor. The range is expected to be good for around 483 km; while power output is rated at 395bhp and 696Nm of torque. With all that power, the I-Pace can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 4.5 seconds, Jaguar claims.
Unlike the Tesla Model X, Jaguar will be keeping the battery and power standard across the variants. The SUV will be able to achieve 80 per cent charge in just 45 minutes using a fast charging setup, while a standard home charger will take about seven hours.
Inside, the I-Pace has been toned over the concept, but retains the futuristic bits including the widescreen infotainment system, which uses a pair of displays in a layout that’s not too far from that of the Range Rover Velar. There are also rotary dial controllers for the temperature with integrated displays. The I-Pace features a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot offering internet access to up to eight devices, and there are up to six USB ports and three 12V power sockets. The long wheelbase also ensures better legroom for passengers at the rear.
Thanks to the compact installation of the electric motor and batteries, the Jaguar I-Pace promises to be a lot more practical with a flat floor and cargo capacity of 656 litres, which can be expanded to 1453 litres. There’s also an additional 30-litre bay below the bonnet.
The Jaguar I-Pace will be going on sale in Europe and other markets towards the end of this year.