The first electric vehicle (EV) from Jaguar has broken cover. The I-Pace is the newest member of its Pace family, and according to Jaguar, it delivers, ‘sustainable sports car performance, all-wheel-drive agility and five-seat SUV practicality.’
The styling closely echoes what has already been seen in concept form as well as in camouflage in testing ahead of its official unveiling. It slots in the range above the E-Pace and below the F-Pace, although, as an all-new electric crossover, it’s likely to signal the start of a new EV franchise across the Jaguar range.
And it’s needed – Jaguar sales continue to be dominated by those of Land Rover, and this new car – with no direct LR alternative – is set to attract new customers to the company. The styling shares much in the way of design language with the Jaguar XE and XF, so it retains a low and sporty look, despite having a roomy interior.
Video: Jaguar I-Pace features and benefits
What is the Jaguar I-Pace like to charge?
Thanks to the strategic positioning of its motors and battery packs, the I-Pace looks lean and low – which it needs to if it’s going to steal customers from Tesla, its closest rival. The I-Pace makes use of JLR’s aluminium platform expertise, and houses two electric motors for a promised range of 298 miles on a single charge.
Using a 50kW DC charge point, it takes 85 minutes to take the I-Pace’s 90kWh battery pack from flat to 80% capacity.
Currently the UK is in the early stages of seeing 100kW DC rapid chargers being rolled out: using one of these a 0-80% charge will take 40 minutes.
Most electric car owners recharge their vehicles overnight using a dedicated wall box: for a 0-80% recharge using a 7kW AC supply requires 10 hours, which should suit most owners. Jaguar doesn’t yet quote a time for charging the I-Pace using a conventional three-pin domestic plug.
Anything else we need to know?
Jaguar says that The I-Pace will be capable of rapid charging, with zero to 80% in 85 minutes. Inside, it continues the concept’s appealing minimalist layout, while on the road, with around 396bhp to play with, it’s attractively quick off the blocks, with a claimed 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds.
And to prove its sporting credentials, Jaguar is throwing the I-Pace into a new racing series to support the Formula E electric single-seater championship. Jaguar has announced prices for the I-Pace, with a starting price of £63,495 – before the expected very long list of options is delved into.
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