The Jaguar I-Pace is a four-wheel drive premium crossover in a mid-sized niche and, at the same time, the first full-featured electric car of a serial assembly in the history of the British company. The novelty of 2018 has a beautiful, memorable design, high practicality, as well as modern stuffing. Eletcrocar was shown to the world public in March 2018 during the Geneva Motor Show. The whole model range is Jaguar.
The first time the conceptual version of a full-fledged electric crossover was demonstrated to the public in the autumn of 2016 in sunny Los Angeles. The company had been working for more than 18 months before the release of the serial version of the SUV with electric motor. What is unusual is that compared to the conceptual version of the machine, the serial model has little change, which is now quite rare.
The British management declares that the novelty can compete with the already established electric machine Tesla Model X, produced in America. Potential buyers include wealthy people who live in big cities and are active in their lifestyle. The new Jaguar Ai Pace 2019 electric car is produced at the Austrian factory, where E-Pace is already being assembled. For Russian customers, the new car should be launched closer to autumn.
Although the car was made in the general style of the company, it is somewhat different because of the small overhangs, compact hood and generally coupe-shaped shape. The “trolley” used a special, specially designed for electric cars, where an aluminum alloy is used. The front of the British electric Jaguar I Pace 2018 stands out due to the bloated wings, which are even above the hood line.
As for the hood itself, it was equipped with a huge air intake installed in the traditional central part. Thanks to the narrow matrix optics with LED filling, it is possible to easily identify the manufacturer. In addition, gives out the British style of a large grille, which received a chrome edging, as well as a branded “nameplate”.
The front bumper of the new Jaguar I-Pace in Russia has large air intakes, which emphasize the aggressive appearance, as well as its style. Below you can see “foggers”, which have received a subtle form. In general, the front end of the novelty looks predatory. I would also like to say for the aerodynamic component of the model. Based on the manufacturer’s statements, the drag coefficient was 0.29 Сx.
Constantly incoming air flow from the compartment with an electric motor is redirected through the air vent to the roof, in the same way as in a traditional supercar with a rear-motor or medium-motor location. The air initially passes through a panoramic roof of a rounded type, and then carefully descends on the steep glass at the back side under the spoiler canopy.
Judging by the company’s statement, the glass surfaces of the new product have decided to be covered with a composition that has water-repellent properties, so there is no need for wipers. Interestingly, the front bumper has special active curtains that open for better cooling. The side part of the Jaguar I-Pace 2019 allows you to get acquainted with the size of the hood, as well as the overhangs. You can see the clear shape of the coupe, as well as a sharp log for the stern. The company’s designers have managed to elegantly make the top line, which starts from the front wing and extends to the rear.
The result is a waveform. Numerous car manufacturers always leave it almost flat. The lower area of the British electric Crissosover is equipped with a black molding, which has an inscription of chrome – “Jaguar”. Almost immediately notice the stylish 18-inch wheel rims, which received an unusual appearance. As a separate option, even 22-inch branded ice rinks can be installed. The ground clearance height is 142 millimeters.
Compared to the concept, the serial model has larger side mirrors. The side windows are equipped with static vents. The side of the Jaguar I-Pace 2019 determines the proportionality of the entire electric machine as ideal. Thanks to the air suspension, it is possible to raise the body by 50 millimetres, increasing the ground clearance to 204 millimetres. Very unusual, but the “Briton” knows how to overcome ford, up to half a meter deep.
Interestingly, the doors of the new electric Jaguar I-Pace 2019 can be opened with a retractable handle. This technology has recently begun to gain in popularity.
The back of the British debut crossover is very similar to the stern of other company models. However, you can notice the style used by all car manufacturers for electric cars – increasing smooth lines and curves. As for the shape of the headlights, it is almost the same as on the F-Pace model.
Inside, there is an LED design. The rear door has a small anti-wing. The upper part of the luggage compartment door is equipped with a wide, thin auxiliary brake indicator. The car has actually got a dynamic, original, attractive appearance.
The inside of the electric crossover Jaguar I-Pace was made according to the most actual fashion trends. The salon has a small number of mechanized keys, toggle switches – everything can be controlled through touch panels. The driver’s seat is equipped with a prominent multifunctional steering wheel, as well as a full digital large-format dashboard. The three-spoke steering wheel itself looks expensive, has chrome and leather.
The steering wheel is also equipped with touch keys, which is hardly practical. The Jaguar I-Pace 2018-2019 dashboard features a 12-inch screen displaying speed, navigation data, battery level and more. Maximum personalisation is a pleasure.
You can choose almost any scale design and generally different way of outputting data. As a separate option, a laser projection can be mounted on the windscreen. The central part of the torpedo has 2 displays that support touch control. The Touch Pro Duo Flight Deck, which has received 10 inches of control, is responsible for the management of the multimedia information system.
The EV Navigation navigation system is present. Next comes a more compact, 5-inch display that helps you manage the “climate” and enter text. On its sides you can find nice, solid washers with touch buttons. Climate control is a separate type of climate control.
The small display shows the air currents, and the washers themselves show the temperature mode. As there is no transmission as such, for obvious reasons, there is also no gear selector. To switch on the D, P, R or N mode, press the mechanical buttons in the row.
Multimedia system is trainable and can do a lot of things. For example, it is equipped with a system that analyzes the external temperature and independently adjusts the heating zones of the steering wheel, seats and other things. She also knows how to find the owner when he is close to the car and before the beginning of the movement to adjust the position of the seats, as well as to heat up the cabin Jaguar to the required level.
In general, the front torpedo finish replicates this element in the concept of iPace, but looks not so revolutionary because of the placed mechanized keys on the central torpedo and doors. If to speak for the furnish and its quality, it fully meets the premium niche of the vehicle.
The electric car has a 5-seater interior layout. The seats in the front have a highly ergonomic and comfortable profile. There is also an excellent side support and a variety of modern “lotions” (electric adjustments, seat heating, ventilation and so on). The seats themselves received a combined upholstery, which consists of finely grained leather, wool and high-strength fabric. The doors of the new electric machine have door closers similar to those of a luxury sedan.
A wide sofa, which can easily accommodate 3 people, has been installed for those sitting at the back. 890 millimeters of free space is available for the rear passengers’ feet. It’s nice that a passenger sitting in the center of the car does not feel uncomfortable because of the missing transmission tunnel. Rear passengers have their own separate “climate” with round regulators.
There are also USB ports, sockets and so on. A panoramic roof over the heads stretches out beautifully. Massive glass occupies almost the entire area of the roof. Under the rear armchairs the company’s designers placed compartments for small things. Being inside the new electric crossover Jaguar you realize that the car is expensive, everything is covered with quality leather Windsor.
In addition, you can see the pleasant inserts of wood. The architecture is close to the Range Rover. Jaguar I-Pace 2019 has two trunks at once. The first is placed in the front of the car, the rear can hold 656 liters. If necessary, this figure can be changed upwards if you fold the rear seat backrests, which will provide 1,453 liters of usable space.
Those who like to transport large-size things will appreciate the Jaguar I-Pace 2019 trunk. It is also nice that the luggage compartment is equipped with a flat loading platform and well-designed ergonomics. The underground niche is equipped with an air compressor for air suspension.
Makes the stylish Jaguar I-Pace crossover move with two synchronized electric motors (one per axis) through which the drive shafts pass. Each electric propulsion system provides 200 horsepower and 348 Nm of rotational force.
The total power is 400 horsepower and 696 Nm of torque (although the power is transmitted to the wheels at full speed). Jaguar I Pace EV400 accelerates to 100 kilometres per hour in just 4.8 seconds. Maximum speed was 200 kilometres per hour.
Such powerful electric motors of the British crossover Jaguar I Pace 2019 were equipped with single-stage planetary transmissions and differentials. All torque is transmitted to all 4 wheels, as the machine has a permanent four-wheel drive.
The novelty of British production has the latest lithium-ion traction battery with a capacity of 90 kWh, which consists of 432 cells. The battery of the new Jaguar I-Pace 2019 offers a power reserve of 480 km per charge (WLTP cycle). Under real-world conditions, a full charge should last for 350-400 kilometres, which is also a lot. The battery has a dual-circuit liquid cooling system and a pre-preparation unit that speeds up the process of “filling” the battery with electricity. This system was taught when it is necessary to lower or raise the temperature automatically after connecting to the network.
British experts have tested the car in 40-degree cold and say that there will be no difficulties in the cold climate with the novelty. The I-Pace electric car was conceived from the very beginning as a high-performance model that provides dynamic driving, everyday practicality, sophistication and safety. A team of engineers was able to place the battery as low as possible between the axles.
Thanks to this, it was possible to ensure a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, as well as a low center of gravity, which gave the electric crossover stability. In addition, the machine has become as obedient as possible to the helm commands. Jaguar I-Pace 2018-2019 was developed for use in hot or extremely cold climatic conditions. Minimum temperature allowed when driving an electric car, as mentioned earlier, minus 40 degrees Celsius.
This parameter is 10 degrees lower than that of other electric machines. Such improvements have been achieved by applying battery pack insulation and a more advanced electric car heating system. In cold weather, the heat pump helps to maintain optimal operating conditions both inside the car and in the battery packs.
At the same time, the heat pump is powered by external electricity and heats the cab with inverters and power electronics instead of being based only on battery power. It turns out that even in the harshest weather, Jaguar I-Pace will try to keep a solid power reserve on one charge.
The owner of an electric machine can fill up 80 percent of the battery capacity in just 40 minutes, using a quick 100 kW DC charge. As a permanent alternative, it is possible to use a household charger with a wall box with a power of 7 kW. It allows you to charge the battery up to 80 percent in 10 hours. From a traditional socket you can fully charge the battery in 13 hours.
The British vehicle is based on an original aluminium platform. It is unified with other modern Jaguar vehicles in some respects. As for the body and chassis, they were made of aluminum and were designed specifically for electric crossovers. The strength data is at the highest level – the torsional stiffness of the body was 36 kNm / degree.
This parameter is the best among all Jaguars. The front part received an independent two-lever suspension, and the rear wheels received a multilever construction with an “integral” lever. The front and rear are also equipped with anti-roll bars, springs and passive shock absorbers. Optionally, a pneumatic chassis with Adaptive Dynamics can be fitted.
It can adjust the body level in real time, regardless of the load. For example, with this technology, if the car accelerates more than 105 kilometers per hour, the height of the ground clearance drops by 10 millimeters. The basic version of the Jaguar I-Pace 2019 crossover is equipped with an adaptive steering mechanism, which has an electric booster.
Brake system of medium-size SUV already in the basic configuration has a ventilated disc “brakes” in a circle, which are complemented by a list of modern electronic technologies. Hurricane dynamics and not always responsive braking system is inherent in most electric machines, but the perfect chassis, alas, is not.
The relatively low centre of gravity and the wheels on the sides of the wheel make it easier to turn a blind eye to energy savings and drive on winding roads at high speeds. Electric power amplifiers sometimes seek to fill the steering wheel with synthetic weight, but this has no negative impact on the Jaguar I Pace 2019.
The British-made crossover is quite agile at any turn and does not even know anything about the various demolitions. In the worst case, the car can afford a skidding, showing rear-wheel drive properties, but mostly “electric cat” behaves gracefully and neutrally.
Since we are looking at the premium crossover from the world-famous Jaguar company, we can expect that the car has a lot of modern equipment that is responsible for the safety of passengers on board. New product is equipped:
- Anti-block braking system;
- System for emergency braking;
- Forward and rear LED optics;
- Technology that prevents tipping over;
- Assistant during an emergency slowdown;
- Rollback prevention technology;
- System that knows how to control torque;
- Tracking system;
- Dynamic stability control technology;
- External sound technology ESS;
- Pedestrian protection systems;
- Complex of technologies for recognition of control machine fatigue, monitoring of “dead” zones and road markings;
- Institudinal child seat fixtures ISOFIX;
- Safety cushions for front and rear passengers;
- Technology for monitoring tyre pressures;
- Advanced seat belts.
Also, the “Briton” has a security framework. This sturdy frame is located around the large I-Pace battery. It was made of winged metal and steel, so it is a guarantee of safety for the driver and all passengers. It also has adaptive cruise control and power steering. The rear of the new Jaguar I-Pace features a rear-view camera that gives you a clear view when driving in reverse.
Dynamic lines are displayed on the Touch Screen for assistance during parking, reflecting the size of the electric crossover and the orientation of the trajectory. The car also has a parking assistance system that helps during parallel and perpendicular parking. It is able to take over the steering by parking your car in the necessary, accessible place.
Parking sensors are installed around the circle to facilitate manoeuvring in confined spaces. With the safe exit control function, the system alerts the rear passengers to the approaching vehicle or cyclist. As soon as the system detects an approaching interference, a warning signal lights up on the door.
If there is no interference, the indicator turns off. A system that detects approaching vehicles from behind significantly improves safety. The technology is able to warn the driver about transport, pedestrians or invisible objects that are on either side.
Based on the results of independent crash tests conducted by EuroNCAP, the electric crossover Jaguar I-Pace received 5 stars in safety, which is the best result.
Complections and prices
For the Russian market, there are 4 Jaguar I-Pace 2018 configurations: S, SE, HSE and First Edition. The basic version is estimated at no less than $91708,74:
- Side mirrors with heating, electric drive and illumination of the door area;
- Sport seats with leather upholstery;
- Meridian music system for 11 speakers and a subwoofer;
- ABS, ESP;
- Emergency deceleration technology;
- Function that monitors driver fatigue;
- System that can recognize road signs;
- Technology that holds the car within a given lane;
- Parking sensors;
- Digital dashboard;
- Navigation system;
- Electric drive of front mounted seats;
- Forward and rear LED optics;
- ISOFIX child seat fixtures;
- Airbags and other equipment;
- Slight alloy 20-inch wheels;
- Double-zone climate control;
- Electric heating of the windshield and so on.
The top-of-the-line First Edition will already cost from $115765,56. It will be equipped with:
- Dynamic cruise control;
- Luggage door servo drive;
- Matrix headlights;
- Circular cameras;
- A more advanced music system Meridian Surround Sound, designed for 15 speakers;
- Panoramic roof;
- Pneumatic suspension;
- Four-zone climate control;
- High-speed emergency braking technology and a large number of advanced equipment;
- Auto-blackening exterior mirrors;
- Wheels finished with Diamond Turned.
Comparison with competitors
A direct competitor to the Jaguar I-Pace 2018 is the already established electric car Tesla Model X. Until recently, no one could more or less adequately challenge the American crossover, so this role was taken over by the British company. And the British were able to give a good answer to Tesla.
If we speak for the American car, it is not the most beautiful of all models, but it is impossible to say that the car looks unpleasant. There are fresh and futuristic notes. The rear doors resembling seagull wings are worth nothing.
Such elements can provide a marketing move. Also, Model X has its own autopilot, able to leave the parking lot without bothering its owner to find a vehicle.
Interestingly, Jaguar I-Pace 2019 is the first car in its company, which is equipped with artificial intelligence based on algorithms of machine learning. The electronic part adjusts to the driver, adjusting the settings of the machine.
Two electric machines can be seen as rivals, but Tesla is much bigger. There is also an option for 7 seats, than the “Englishman” can not boast. An American car costs more than an iPace. The most powerful version of the P100D is 2 times more expensive than the basic version from Jaguar. At external comparison, more aggression and style of the brand is traced in the new Jaguar, however, and Tesla looks good enough, despite the minimalism.
The inside of the cars is similar in terms of futuristic style. The “American” is equipped with simpler lines, but the Jaguar shows more sculptural appearance of the dashboard. As for the technical part, here more powerful and faster will be Tesla Model X- 3.1 seconds up to the first hundred against 4.8 seconds. Also the declared mileage of the top version of Tesla is 542 kilometers.
Pluses and minuses
- Stylish, beautiful appearance;
- Modern LED lighting “in a circle”;
- Low aerodynamic drag;
- Panoramic roof;
- Massive, stylish rims with an unusual appearance;
- Variable ground clearance height (thanks to the air suspension as an option);
- Qualitative salon;
- Expensive finishing materials;
- Digital dashboard;
- Ergonomics at the highest level;
- Total of 3 displays;
- Comfortable and quality seats;
- Inside there’s a lot of free space;
- Large volume of luggage compartment;
- Low center of gravity with positive effect on controllability;
- Powerful 200 hp electric power units;
- Wheel drive system;
- High capacity battery;
- Fast charging function supported;
- Harmful emissions into the atmosphere are absent;
- All the basic equipment looks pretty rich;
- High level of safety, confirmed by EuroNCAP crash-tests;
- Large number of electronic assistants and systems;
- Good dynamics.
Cons of a car
- Little value;
- In our country the infrastructure is poorly developed, which does not allow the full use of an electric car;
- In cold weather, the energy reserve of the Jaguar I-Pace battery is consumed much faster;
- For off-road crossover isn’t gonna work.
The new British car is really cool. Now the Tesla Model X has a good competitor, which even financially is more profitable. The British company broke into a new niche at full speed and did it quite successfully. The novelty has a spectacular appearance, high-quality and modern interior, as well as high-performance electric motors that work together with high-capacity batteries.
All this helps quite a heavy British SUV to be dynamic. Jaguar I-Pace 2019 can travel more than 350 kilometers on a single charge. There’s a fast charging feature that allows you to saturate your battery with the right power in a short time. Separately, it is worth mentioning the high safety of the model, a large number of various electronic systems and assistants, as well as good controllability.
With the optional air suspension, the ground clearance height can be adjusted. The interior looks much better than the direct competitor Tesla Model X, and with two trunks in the front and back, you can take all the necessary things with you. Jaguar has made a confident move in the field of electronic machines, so it remains to wait for the response from the rest of the world’s companies.
The model can be safely recommended as a city crossover. But as a novelty will show itself in practice, will show only time. It’s nice that in 2018 a lot of electric cars were presented. Already now it is felt that the global market is preparing massively for the transition to more environmentally friendly vehicles, which are cheaper to maintain and reduce pollution of our atmosphere.
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