With its involvement in Formula E, Jaguar has made it clear that it sees electric cars featuring strongly in its future. Now, that future is here, with the launch of the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace at this week’s Geneva Motor Show.
The I-Pace is powered by two electric motors delivering a total of 400PS, which translates into the sort of performance figures we would expect from a big cat. Acceleration 0-60 mph takes just 4.5 seconds
To underline its performance Jaguar pitted the I-Pace against the Tesla Model X 75D and 100D in a 0mph-60mph-0mph head-to-head challenge which you can view below (on suitably equipped devices and browsers).
Jaguar say the 90kWh lithium-ion battery in the I-Pace is sufficient to power it for a range of up to 298 miles. Rapid charging will recharge from 0 to 80% capacity 85 minutes using 50kW DC charging. For shorter distances use, a 30-minute charge will give the I-Pace a range of about 80 miles. A 7kW home charger will recharge the iPace to 80% in ten hours.
The I-Pace will be fully compatible with the new 100 kW chargers being rolled out across the UK. With these higher-powered charges 0-80% recharge should take just 40 minutes.
To allay concerns about battery life, the Jaguar I-Pace battery comes with an eight-year battery warranty.
The twin electric motors are place on both front and rear axles meaning the I-Pace has all-wheel-drive for maximum traction.
The Jaguar I-Pace uses Jaguar’s aluminium architecture. This combined with a structural battery pack, results in the highest torsional rigidity of any Jaguar.
To help deliver the sort of handling characteristics expected from the Jaguar marque, the battery is placed between the axles and mounted as low as possible. Jaguar say this results in a perfect 50:50 with distribution and a low centre of gravity.
The coupé looks of the I-Pace were apparently influence by the Jaguar C-X75. Notably it differs from many of its stablemates by shunning the long-bonnet look. Instead the design is notably ‘cab-forward’ with a squared off rear end that helps reduce the drag co-efficient to just 0.29Cd.
The lack of a transmission tunnel has freed up space for central and under-seat laptop storage in the interior. The rear seats fold in traditional hatchback style to provide 656-litres, or 1,453 litres of luggage space when they are down.
The I-Pace is now available in S, SE and HSE derivatives with prices starting at £63,495, before government incentives.