MHH International Welcomes The New Jaguar I-Pace
Electrifying all-wheel drive performance derives from twin Jaguar-designed motors with a combined 394bhp and 696Nm of mighty torque. 0-60mph arrives in a sprightly 4.5s thanks to a 90kWh Lithium-ion battery pack (with an eight-year warranty) that will, say the company, deliver a range of up to 298 mile range. In emergencies, a 30-minute charge will give about 80 miles range. An AC wall box will give overnight full charging and of course, there are no nasty emissions.
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. With advanced double wishbone front and Integral Link rear axle plus optional air suspension and configurable Adaptive Dynamics, agile handling and outstanding ride comfort are to the fore.
Additional to the instant power available, the two Jaguar-designed electric motors feature driveshafts passing through the motors themselves for compactness are placed at each axle aiding all-wheel-drive and all-surface traction. Thanks to the high torque density and high-energy efficiency characteristics, the electric motors deliver true sports car performance. This instantaneous performance is matched with exceptional ride comfort and engaging driving dynamics as we found on the very briefest of tests in a pre-production version.
The Jaguar I-Pace is not an electric variant of something else; although it has the official Jaguar look it is designed and engineered especially to take full advantage of its electric powertrain and maximise the potential of the system. As you can see from the images, the car has a sleek, coupe-like silhouette (influenced, they say, by the Jaguar C-X75 supercar) with a short, low bonnet, aero-enhanced roof design and curved rear screen.
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 sophisticated materials – including the option of a premium textile Kvadrat interior – and the usual attention to detail identify this as a true Jaguar. While a mid-sized SUV, I-Pace’s cab forward design and EV power-train still offers interior space comparable to large SUVs. There’s plenty of legroom and storage space in the back thanks to the absence of a transmission tunnel with tablet and laptop stowage found beneath the seats. The capacious boot offers a 656L capacity rising to 1,453-litres with the rear seats folded flat.
Fans of technology need not be disappointed. The Jaguar I-Pace introduces the ‘Touch Pro Duo’ infotainment system to the Jaguar brand. Utilising an innovative combination of touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls, ‘Touch Pro Duo’ is intuitive to use. There’s also a new EV navigation system that assesses the topography of the route to destination and insights from previous journeys, including driving style, to calculate personalised range and charging status with exceptional accuracy for maximum driver confidence. Ideal for those with range anxiety!
And the new tech keeps coming. I-Pace will also launch an Amazon Alexa Skill. This means owners will be able to ask an Alexa-enabled device for information held in the Jaguar InControl Remote app. For example: Is my car locked? What is the charging level? Do I have enough range to get to work? Do I have enough money to buy this fabulous car?
Well, the Jaguar I-Pace is available to order now, priced from £63,495 in the UK (this excludes any local government EV incentives).
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