2019 Jaguar I-PACE
The highly-anticipated production version of the I-PACE debuted in a live global webcast on March 1 from the I-PACE manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria. The visually stunning I-PACE Concept premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show; visitors to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show will get a firsthand look at the final version of Jaguar’s first battery-electric vehicle, which looks nearly identical to the original concept.
Range, Power and Fast Charging
Details about the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE are impressive, thanks to an estimated driving range of 240 miles on a full charge from the 90kWh lithium-ion battery. The all-wheel-drive I-PACE is powered by two electric motors — one driving each axle — for a total output of 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque, which makes the I-PACE capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, according to Jaguar. Owners will be able to charge the battery from zero to 80 percent capacity in about 40 minutes using publicly-available 100kW rapid charging facilities, or achieve the same 80 percent charge at home using a 230V/32A AC wall box in just over 10 hours.
Advanced EV Architecture
Built on a unique aluminum-intensive EV architecture that uses advanced riveting and bonding technology, the I-PACE features a light, stiff body structure with a 50:50 weight distribution. The battery is positioned between the axles and as low as possible for a low center of gravity. The suspension includes double wishbones at the front and an Integral Link rear suspension with standard Active Air Suspension for good ride quality and agile handling.
“The I-PACE’s electric powertrain offered us unprecedented design freedom,” said Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum. “Starting with a clean sheet enabled the dramatic cab-forward profile, unique proportions and exceptional interior space — yet it is unmistakably a Jaguar. We wanted to design the world’s most desirable EV, and I’m confident we’ve met that challenge,” Callum asserted.
The proportions and coupelike silhouette of the I-PACE were inspired by the Jaguar C-X75 Concept Car, including elements such as the short, low hood, aero-enhanced roof design and curved rear window. With a long 117.7-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 184.3 inches, the I-PACE has a similar footprint to the Jaguar F-PACE but offers the interior space of a larger vehicle, thanks to the EV architecture.
“We set out to design an emotive and atmospheric interior that excites the senses, where the driver is central to the experience and passengers are afforded the space they need,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design. “Being inside the I-PACE is to experience something special and that is what a Jaguar is all about,” Callum noted.
Materials used to create the I-PACE’s interior are a combination of natural finishes and high-tech surfaces including optional Gloss Black, Gloss Charcoal Ash woodgrain and precision-machined aluminum. Seat surfaces include Luxtec material, optional Grained Leather, Fine-Grain Windsor leather or a premium textile material developed with Danish textile expert Kvadrat that combines a wool blend with recycled technical suede cloth.
The first Jaguar to employ artificial-intelligence machine learning to create a better driving experience, the I-PACE uses technology to identify and automate some of the routine tasks that can distract or inconvenience a driver. I-PACE also is the first vehicle to incorporate the new Jaguar InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that combines a 10-inch upper touchscreen and a 5.5-inch lower touchscreen. It uses an innovative combination of touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls to operate key functions while reducing visual clutter within the cabin.
Embedded in the Touch Pro Duo system is the new EV Navigation, which considers the topography of the planned route — as well as information from previous trips and individual driving styles — to more accurately calculate available range and will also identify potential charging locations along the route. The I-PACE also is the first Jaguar to receive software updates wirelessly, known as Software-Over-The-Air, including infotainment system, telematics and battery charging capability.
Regenerative Braking, Single-Pedal Driving
Regenerative braking helps to maximize range and efficiency by collecting braking energy and storing it in the battery. It also allows single-pedal driving, which means when the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the regenerative braking starts to slow the car so the driver does not have to press the brake pedal, but can always override with the pedal if it becomes necessary to stop quickly. If the driver can time stops to allow regenerative braking to slow and stop the car, it will become efficient because all brake energy gets harvested and stored.
U.S. On-Sale Date
The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE will be available in three trim levels: S, SE and HSE, with the First Edition model offered for the first year. Jaguar dealers can now begin placing customer orders for I-PACE, and the first cars will begin arriving at U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2018. Designed and engineered in the UK, the I-PACE will be built in Graz, Austria, as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing partnership with carmaker Magna Steyr. Jaguar announced that the I-PACE will be priced from $69,500 in the U.S.