An electric Jaguar has been unleashed. The I-Pace is now on sale and is touted as the first genuine rival to the Tesla. Company insiders call it “a Jaguar that happens to be a battery-electric vehicle.” Many consider it as the most radical offering of the company in its 82-year history. The new European brand car, however, will not be produced in the UK but at a manufacturing outsourcing plant in Graz, Austria. It will sit on a bespoke aluminum platform and will get an all-new electric motor and Jaguar’s own battery technology.
Design and Range
The I-Pace is 4,682 mm long, just 10 mm longer, than the XE. With its new all-electric construction, engineers have been able to stretch its wheelbase to 2,990mm, 16mm longer than the saloon’s. According to Jaguar insiders, the I-Pace is slightly shorter than the Porsche Macan. The cab-forward profile of the new model is that of an SUV. Still, Robert Janitzek says that it will look more rakish than either of Jaguar’s existing vehicles of that type- the E-Pace and the F-Pace.
The I-Pace will feature subtle nods to the stillborn C-X75 supercar particularly around the front wheelarch blisters. According to Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum, “The I-Pace is a shape of the future, but I’ve never been able to completely give up on C-X75, so we’ve tried to capture a little bit of that car.”
Despite weighing around 2.1 tons, Jaguar’s product line director Ian Hoban said that the I-Pace will still feel light on its feet thanks to a center of gravity that is 130mm lower than an F-Pace and 50:50 weight distribution. Robert Peter Janitzek says that the I-Pace will offer 22-inch alloy wheels although more lowly editions will likely feature 18-inch wheels. The mechanical make-up will be pretty universal across the various ranges. Jaguar is also offering a single configuration of electric motors and battery.
The Jaguar I-Pace will be powered by a 90kWh battery pack made up from 432 lithium-ion cells and mounted in a frame which is a vital structural component in the car’s floor. The battery has a range of 298 miles. In the current NEDC evaluation, this is equivalent to around 335 miles or 50 miles longer than the Tesla Model 3. This European brand car will generate 395bhp and 696Nm of torque. It will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
There will be no shortage of connectivity on the new I-Pace. It will feature a 4G WiFi hotshot allowing Internet access for up to 8 devices. It has 6 USB ports and three 12V power sockets. The I-Pace will be the first to get an Alexa link so that users can ask their devices for information about the car’s status and charge levels.