Jaguar targets Tesla

with new I-PACE

Jaguar I-PACE, 2018, front, action
Jaguar I-PACE, 2018, front
Jaguar I-PACE, 2018, side, action
Jaguar I-PACE, 2018, rear, action
Jaguar I-PACE, 2018, rear seats
Jaguar I-PACE, 2018, interior
Jaguar I-PACE, 2018, side, static
Jaguar I-PACE, 2018, front, static
Jaguar I-PACE, 2018, battery pack

JAGUAR has flicked the switch on its electronic revolution by revealing the new all-electric I-PACE five days ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

With a top speed of 124mph and a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 4.5 seconds, the zero emission I-PACE is set to rival Tesla in the world of performance electric vehicles.

Moreover, the I-PACE has a potential range of almost 300 miles on a single charge putting Jaguar at the forefront of current battery technology.

And to prove the point about its new EV, Jaguar screened a shoot out between the I-PACE and two Tesla Model X vehicles during the launch of its first all-electric model.

In a 0-to-60-to-0 test staged in Mexico ahead of this weekend's FIA Formula E race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez E-Prix circuit in Mexico City the Jaguar out-shone its American rivals.

The new I-PACE at 15ft 4ins long slots into the Jaguar SUV line up in between the latest E-PACE and the top selling F-PACE launched last year.

With a ‘cabin forward' design theme and short front overhang, the I-PACE has wheelbase of 9ft 9ins making for plenty of room inside, a 656 litre boot and space for 25 litres more of cargo under the bonnet.

It also sits on 22-inch wheels creating an imposing presence on the road.

The I-PACE is powered by two electric motors - one on each axle - with a combined 400ps and 696Nm of torque on tap.

Its 90kWh battery pack is made up of 432 individual cells and is slung low at the bottom of the car helping to create a low centre of gravity.

Charging to 80 per cent can be done in 45 minutes from a rapid charger or around 10 hours for a full recharge at home.

Weighing it at some 2.13 tonnes the Jaguar is also considerably lighter than other similarly-sized electric SUVs and comes with drag-reducing aerodynamics including active vanes in the front grille, retractable door handles and a rear roof-mounted spoiler.

It is Jaguar Land Rover's first fully electric vehicle and is due to be followed soon by a plug-in hybrid version of the Range Rover as electrification starts to play an increasingly large role in its products.

The I-PACE is being built alongside the E-PACE at Graz in Austria as part of JLR's recent tie up with production specialists Magna Steyr.

Inside, the I-PACE also marks the introduction of a new-look for Jaguar cockpits featuring the Touch Pro Duo twin screen display, a 12-inch multi-mode instrument panel and the option of a head-up display for the driver.

The I-PACE also makes use of the Alexa voice control service and comes with advanced technology which includes automated software updates and a predictive Artificial Intelligence system which can configure the vehicle to an individual's preferences as they approach the car.

With no transmission tunnel, the I-PACE is set up as a five seater and offers almost three feet of legroom in the rear. Creature comforts include trays under the rear seats plus a 10.5-litre centre console. Maximum luggage capacity is 1,453 litres.

The I-PACE will have its world premiere on March 6 at the Geneva show and will be on sale later in the year priced from £63,495.


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