It is, according to Jaguar, the definitive electric vehicle. Clean, smart and safe, the I-PACE delivers sustainable sports car performance, next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) technology and five-seat SUV practicality.
“Where other companies talk about the future, we build it,” declared Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr Ralf Speth on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show. “We have torn up the rule book to create the newest member of the PACE family, the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE. With zero tailpipe emissions, no CO2 and no particulates, it moves us dramatically closer to our vision of a clean, safe and sustainable future.”
Added Jaguar I-PACE vehicle line director Ian Hoban, “We set out with a clean sheet approach to harness new battery electric technology with an architecture engineered from the outset to optimise performance, aerodynamics and interior space. The result is a true Jaguar and truly driver-focused EV. For I-PACE customers, fuel stations are a thing of the past – after overnight charging they’ll wake up every morning with a ‘full tank of fuel’.”
SPORTS CAR PERFORMANCE AND CUTTING-EDGE DESIGN
With a state-of-the-art 90kWh Lithium-ion battery using 432 pouch cells, the I-PACE delivers a range of up to 480 kilometres (WLTP cycle). Owners will be able to achieve a 0-80 percent battery charge in 85 minutes using DC charging (50kW). The Jaguar I-PACE will be fully compatible with DC Rapid Chargers (100kW), which will enable a 0-80 percent charge in just 40 minutes. Home charging with an AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over ten hours – ideal for overnight charging.
A suite of smart rangeoptimising technologies includes a battery pre-conditioning system: when plugged in the I-PACE will automatically raise (or lower) the temperature of its battery to maximise range ahead of driving away. Two Jaguar-designed electric motors – which feature driveshafts passing through the motors themselves for compactness – are placed at each axle, producing combined performance of 400PS and 696Nm, and all-wheel-drive, all-surface traction.The high torque density and high-energy efficiency characteristics of the motors deliver sports car performance, launching the I-PACE from a standing start to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. The bespoke EV aluminium architecture uses advanced riveting and bonding technology to deliver a light, stiff body structure. Together with the structural battery pack, it has a torsional rigidity of 36kNm/degree – the highest of any Jaguar.
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 location enables perfect 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity.
The Jaguar I-PACE is designed and engineered to take full advantage of its smart electric powertrain and maximise the potential of the packaging benefits it brings.
Its sleek, coupé-like silhouette is influenced by the Jaguar C-X75 supercar with a short, low bonnet, aeroenhanced roof design and curved rear screen. This cab-forward design contrasts with its squared-off rear, which helps reduce the drag co-efficient to just 0.29Cd.
To optimise the balance between cooling and aerodynamics, Active Vanes in the grille open when cooling is required, but close when not needed to redirect air through the integral bonnet scoop, smoothing airflow.Inside, the layout optimises space for passengers while sophisticate materials – including the option of a premium textile Kvadrat interior. While a mid-sized SUV, I-PACE’s cab forward design and EV powertrai provide interior space comparable to large SUVs.
In the rear, legroom is 890 millimetres while, with no transmission tunnel, there’s a useful 10.5-litre central storage compartment. In the rear, tablet and laptop stowage is found beneath the seats, while the rear luggage compartment offers a 656-litre capacity – and 1,453-litres with seats folded flat.I-PACE introduces the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system to Jaguar. Utilising an innovative combination of touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls, Touch Pro Duo is intuitive to use. A new EV navigation system assesses the topography of the route to destination and insights from previous journeys, including driving style, to calculate personalised range and charging status. The advanced system uses “Smart Settings” technology – driven by AI algorithms – to identify individual driver preferences, and then tailors the
I-PACE’s driving and interior settings accordingly.