Jaguar might be one of the automakers you’d least expect to design and produce a world class, pure electric SUV. But it did, and the results are spectacular. I-PACE completed a historic treble win at the 2019 World Car Awards, capturing three highly-coveted prizes: 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and World Green Car. Additionally, the 2019 I-Pace is one of Autotrader’s Best New Car winners.
Smart engineering is one of the keys to this car’s success. Instant torque and All Wheel Drive traction gives the I‑Pace the acceleration of a sports car. It reaches 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. I‑Pace is propelled by two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors. Similar to the technology found in the I‑TYPE Formula E racing car, these motors generate 394 HP and 512 Lb-Ft of torque. It’s 90kWh battery generates a 234 mile pure electric range – about 10% smaller than the max range offered by the Tesla Model X, but it’s starting price is around $35,000 less! ($69,500 for I-PACE vs. $105,300 for Tesla Model X 100D).
Additionally, I-Pace is far more stylish than Model X, which can look bloated by comparison when the two vehicles sit side by side. I-Pace is a svelte 483 pounds lighter. Styling has been a constant priority for the British carmaker; Jags have long been considered among the most beautiful cars on the road. Mechanical problems, which plagued the company for many years, are long gone. In 2008, when India’s Tata Motors purchased Jaguar and it’s British cousin, Land Rover from the Ford Motor Company, the Indian conglomerate immediately invested heavily in research and development to create forward-thinking products. This decision has proved highly profitable. Sales have dramatically increased across the world; Jaguar products are winning superlative awards; JLR’s electrification strategy has landed it in the heart of the luxury EV SUV market; and to meet the booming demand for its cars, Tata is opening new factories in Britain, India, China, Slovakia and Brazil.
With Tesla’s $7,500 federal tax incentives winding down in 2019 and Jaguar’s fed tax incentives just beginning, I-Pace is one of the world’s most legitimate Tesla-fighters. I-Pace’s biggest competitor will be the Audi e-Tron SUV (priced at $74,800).
Richard Truett, an Automotive News test driver/reviewer says: “I-Pace marks Jag’s emergence as a modern engineering powerhouse. Jaguar’s electric crossover proves the company can compete with global tech leaders. The I-Pace is the most capable vehicle Jaguar has ever engineered and developed – a brutally fast electric sports car with a crossover body that can haul five people and their gear nearly anywhere they want to go for about as far as you'd want to drive in a day and, of course, without burning fossil fuel. I-Pace is an Olympic gold medal performance.”
Truett offers five impressive points proving I-Pace’s creative engineering:
1.) The driver can set the vehicle to maintain the optimum battery pack temperature while the I-Pace is plugged in. That helps improve range.
2.) Another range-improving feature is the air conditioning system that senses the number of passengers and adjusts the AC so that cold air is not directed to empty seats.
3.) At low speeds, just one electric motor drives the vehicle.
4.) Setting the regenerative braking to high enables one-pedal driving, which means when the driver lets off the accelerator, the regenerative brakes will bring the vehicle to a stop.
5.) The 432-cell lithium ion battery pack can be 80% recharged in as few as 40 minutes using publicly available100-kilowatt DC chargers. Using a standard 220V charger takes 10 hours or a typical overnight, to recharge to 80 percent.
It took Jaguar/LandRover just 4 years to send I-Pace from a blank design sheet to the showroom. This may very well be a record for efficient EV development; other EVs have taken much longer to produce from start to finish. Along with designing an EV from scratch, Jaguar created, tested and manufactured a completely new electric powertrain, which won the company the prestigious Best Electric Powertrain Award, the Best New Engine Award and the Best In Class of the 257 to 330 kW (350 to 450PS) Category at the Engine and Powertrain Technology Show in Stuttgart. The 3 titles recognized the technical excellence of the I-Pace’s zero-emissions powertrain, which was designed and developed completely in-house.
A major reason for Jaguar’s new electric sensation: automotive designer Ian Callum. Car buffs consider him a legend. From Aston Martins like the DB7 to a number of limited edition Ford performance cars, his designs have withstood the test of time. For Callum, I-Pace’s aggressive, low-slung design is the result of a new electric vehicle ethos, which marries form and function. Streamlined aerodynamics allow the car to move through space more fluidly and efficiently. And because new high-tech EVs are built on battery “skateboard” platforms which eliminate huge fossil fuel engine encumbrances, far more freedom is available to designers to locate their passengers in “cab-forward” supercar compartments. Says Callum about his award winning design: “The essence is to visually try to make sure the visual weight of the car is going forward, so it looks like it has a dynamic about it. That’s very important.”
Jaguar dealers believe they have a hit on their hands, They forecast at least 25% of all I-Pace sales in the USA will take place in California.
The Model X seats 7 passengers; I-Pace seats 5. The Model X provides 88 cubic feet of cargo space with 2 of its seats taken out. I-Pace offers 51 cubic feet with 2 of its seats folded. Putting these 2 differences aside, reviewers are saying consumers may decide I-Pace is a much better bargain than the Model X.
The I-Pace cabin is beautifully designed and wrapped with plenty of luxurious materials. Seats offer excellent balance, support and suppleness. The accommodations are plush; rear passengers will find a hidden shelf beneath their seats for iPads and laptops; the headroom is generous, and the tinted glass roof provides an airy, open feel to the compartment. Jaguar’s new InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system gets its debut in I-Pace. A 10-inch touchscreen is positioned above a 5.5-inch “sister screen, creating a clean display layout that Jag engineers call the “Flight Deck.” A third fully digital gauge screen sits behind the steering wheel.
Nowadays, some EVs are omitting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; that’s the case with I-Pace, though Jaguar’s well-designed integrated navigation makes up for this lack. Jaguar says Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will soon be added with a software update.
Popular Science, one of America’s oldest and most trusted magazines, has named the all-electric 2019 Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV as a Best of What's New Award Winner in the automotive category. The Jaguar I-PACE was named as one of the best innovations in the year for its winning combination of technology, design, and performance.
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