2019 Jaguar I-Pace --a Tesla killer?

March 4, 2018

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Electric Power

Under the body is a pair of electric drive units, one at each axle. The I-Pace puts out a net 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. Goes 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, and  its 90-kWh battery pack will keep the I-Pace going for an estimated 240 miles (EPA and European measurements are still forthcoming).

Charge time using the 100-kW DC fast charger will get you to 80 percent charge in just about 40 minutes. Using a 7-kW Level 2 home charger will take about 10 hours to add the same 80 percent. All this being said, it's best to leave it overnight to charge.
As with other modern EVs and PHEVs, the I-Pace offers multiple brake-regeneration settings. In its strongest mode, one-pedal driving is feasible when drivers turn off the car's creep mode. (Creep mode allows the EV to roll forward when the driver's foot moves off the brake, like most gas cars will.)

The battery is backed by an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty. If the battery drops lower than a 70 percent state of health at any point within that window, it'll be covered.

Visually similar to the concept

The production version isn't much different from the concept version. It's similarly sized to the F-Pace on the outside, but Jaguar says it's much more spacious inside. Because there is no gas engine up front, the front end is a bit shorter, giving it more of a cab-forward look. Out back, it's pretty traditional. Its drag coefficient is a slippery 0.29, thanks in part to things like flush door handles and a standard air suspension system that lowers the vehicle by 0.4 inch at highway speeds.

The inside is similar to what you'd find in modern Jaguar and Land Rover SUVs. Because it lacks that transmission tunnel  that runs the length of the vehicle, there are many compartments for storage just about everywhere you look. The rear cargo area measures 25.3 cubic feet, and a glass panoramic roof is standard.


The center stack uses a two-screen setup, with the top half taking care of infotainment duties while the lower half deals with climate control, seat and drivetrain settings. The I-Pace's transmission is activated via four buttons just below that lower screen. The gauge cluster is also a 12.3-inch screen.

Jaguar's Touch Pro Duo infotainment system packs a bunch of new features designed just for electric vehicles. It can suggest nearby parking garages or charging points when arriving at a destination or help you plan a road trip based on the vehicle's range. When an owner approaches the I-Pace, it can determine what key the driver is carrying and adjust settings to match the driver's preferences, which is superconvenient in multidriver households.

The I-Pace also carries over-the-air update capabilities, so owners won't need to go back to dealership in order to get firmware updates. Also, if you like with smart assistants, the I-Pace will have its own Amazon Alexa skill which allows owners to check the car's range, lock status and more without leaving the house or even picking up a smart device.

The I-Pace's interior looks very futuristic, with a multitude of screens everywhere you look.

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