Jaguar released details this week of their entrant to the EV market, the Jaguar I-Pace. This car is very much in the luxury EV range, dubbed to be Tesla's newest rival. But what makes this car so amazing? Keep reading to find out!
Let's get the most pressing issue out of the way first... the price. While we haven't gotten the final pricing scheme yet, Jaguar stated that the I-Pace is expected to cost 15-20% more than the Jaguar F-Pace. Going by that reasoning, the I-Pace will set you back approximately €80,000, depending on specification. Their pricing strategy puts them firmly in the luxury SUV range, competing with the likes of Tesla's Model X & the Audi e-Tron. However, it is worth noting that should the pricing stay on par with their predictions; that the Jaguar I-Pace will be significantly cheaper than Tesla Model X.
The car itself looks every bit the luxurious SUV, with plush leather interior in a variety of colours. If you are not a fan of the leather, no need to fear, Jaguar are also offering a variety of materials. Airy and spacious, the Jaguar I-Pace is sure to be a firm favourite with SUV fans. As has come to be expected with EV's, this car comes with cabin pre-conditioning which can be initiated via touchscreen or remotely via the App, meaning no more cold starts to your morning commute. With a load-space of 656 litres behind the rear seats, and an additional 27 litres in front storage compartment (beneath the bonnet), you will never struggle to do the weekly shop.
The exterior is sleek and stylish, with a choice of body colour, black contrast or panoramic glass roof to enjoy those (few and far between) sunny Irish days. The body of the car is sturdy, with the 90 kWh battery situated between the wheelbase, giving the car a low centre of gravity. This ensures a smooth, sporty performance, stopping the car from leaning excessively in tight corners. Team that with the optional LED headlights, and you're onto a winner!
The range is significantly higher than most of the EV's on the market currently, rivalling only a select few, Tesla being one. With an expected WLTP range of 480 km, range anxiety would be a thing of the past. Unfortunately the real world range will be lower, possibly around 300 - 350 km, which is still impressive. Jaguar cars are known for their smooth, exciting drives, and the I-Pace will be no different. With 700 Nm of torque, this car can do 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Impressed yet? Consider the fact that it will take only 45 minutes to charge to 80% from flat with a FCP and you will be. However, it will take almost 10 hours on a standard home charger due to the extraordinarily large battery.
However the I-Pace is not just a sports car, it's safety features are second to none, including; emergency breaking (pictured), cruise control & speed limiter, lane keep assist, rear camera, 6 Airbags positioned around the car, 2 ISOFIX points for baby/child seats and driver condition monitoring. The driver condition monitoring is exceptionally exciting in my opinion. It monitors the steering, brake & throttle pedal activity, detects any changes and will alert you if you start to get drowsy.
Now for all those techies out there, the technology on-board the Jaguar I-Pace will surely pique your interest. The infotainment system comprises of a 10" touchscreen integrated into the dashboard, and a 5" touchscreen with multi-function dynamic dials. This can display everything from the navigation system, including road topology and speed limits to nearby parking & places of interest. The I-Pace can also connect with your Smartphone, so you can stay updated with your available range, charging status & charge rate. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the "Smart settings", where the car will automatically identify the driver from their phone/key, and select their preferred seating and mirror positioning. The I-Pace also offers a head-up display which displays your current speed & upcoming navigation on your windscreen (pictured).
This car is sure to be a fast favourite with luxury SUV lovers, looking to enter the EV market but should Tesla be quaking in their boots? Only time will tell. The Jaguar I-Pace will be available from the second half of 2018, but you can register your interest on their website now.
*All information & images taken from www.jaguar.ie/i-pace.