2019 Jaguar I-Pace Preview

FAST FACTS
  • New all-electric SUV from Jaguar
  • 394 horsepower, all-wheel drive, seating for 5 people
  • Acceleration to 60 mph in a claimed 4.5 seconds
  • 240 miles of driving range on a full battery
  • Recharges in less than 13 hours using a 240-volt home wallbox charger
  • New dual-screen infotainment system with artificial intelligence learning capability
  • 25.3 cu. ft. of cargo space, with a maximum of 51 cu. ft.
  • S, SE, HSE, and First Edition trim levels
  • On sale late summer 2018


Introduction
With the debut of the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, the British luxury automaker introduces a new electric vehicle (EV) architecture that can be used for future EV models wearing both Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates.

Here, in I-Pace format, the vehicle is a 5-passenger crossover SUV. When it goes on sale toward the end of the summer of 2018, the I-Pace will be offered in S, SE, HSE, and limited-production First Edition trim levels.


Exterior Features
Jaguar says that the production version of the 2019 I-Pace is essentially the same as the concept vehicle that previewed the new model.

Thanks to its space-saving electric vehicle platform, the I-Pace features a short hood and available wheels sized up to 22 ins. in diameter pushed out to each corner. The roofline is fast, wrapped into a rounded rear window that sharply contrasts with the vehicle’s sharpened body corners, which help to maximize aerodynamic efficiency, Jaguar says.

Jaguar also says the I-Pace boasts a 0.29 coefficient of drag, also helped in part by active grille shutters and a standard air suspension that lowers the vehicle nearly half an inch at speeds over 65 mph.

Interior Features
A standard panoramic glass roof bathes the 5-passenger cabin in natural light, making it feel more spacious than it already is. Jaguar says that despite the I-Pace’s official EPA midsize classification, the interior is larger than expected in terms of occupant space.

As far as cargo space is concerned, the I-Pace is rather small. By Jaguar’s measurement, the trunk holds 25.3 cu. ft. of cargo behind the rear seats. Fold them down and a maximum of 51 cu. ft. is available. Interior storage fares better, with Jaguar citing numerous solutions including a large compartment within the “floating” center console.

Occupants enjoy standard leatherette seating, with two grades of real leather available as an option. Ecologically responsible buyers can also select a premium textile material composed of wool blend and recycled manufactured suede cloth. Front performance seating is available as an option.

The driver and front passenger face a dashboard trimmed in gloss black, machined aluminum, or gloss gray woodgrain panels.

Under the Hood
Two electric motors, one located at each axle, draw power from a centrally housed 90-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output measures 394 horsepower and 512 lb.-ft. of torque, which is good enough to accelerate the I-Pace to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 124 mph, according to Jaguar.

Performance is just one of the I-Pace’s appealing traits. The SUV can also travel 240 miles on a single charge, and can recoup up to 80% of its battery power in 40 minutes when plugged in to a municipal 100-kW DC fast charger. Of course, if you buy the Jaguar I-Pace, or even lease it, you’re going to want to get a wallbox charger installed at home. That will provide a full battery charge in less than 13 hours.

With so much weight snugged down low in the chassis, Jaguar predicts that the I-Pace will deliver handling performance akin to a sports car. The enormous available wheels and tires will help, of course, along with optional Adaptive Dynamics suspension components.

The standard regenerative braking system is designed to give the driver control over how much friction the components deliver, and in the maximum setting can facilitate one-pedal driving. This means that a careful driver who plans ahead can drive the I-Pace without using the brakes at all. Instead, simply lift off the accelerator pedal and the vehicle will immediately begin to slow all the way to a stop.

Safety
Jaguar will equip the new I-Pace with the usual list of driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies, including adaptive cruise control with lane-centering steering assist, drowsy driver monitoring, and a Clear Exit Monitor that can warn you not to open your door because of approaching cyclists or vehicle traffic. When the I-Pace travels at speeds below 12 mph, it will emit a noise to help alert distracted pedestrians that a vehicle is moving nearby.

Technology
As is expected in a modern luxury EV, the Jaguar I-Pace is loaded with technology.

Starting with the standard InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, it comes with two high-resolution touch-screen displays to help the driver to manage myriad vehicle functions. Connect Pro service includes a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and an InControl Remote smartphone app is also compatible with smart watches.

Navigation is included, as well as Smart Settings technology powered by artificial intelligence that can predict how you want the vehicle set up based on the key fob, your smartphone signal, the time of day, the vehicle’s location, weather conditions, and past history of vehicle use. The dual-screen infotainment system is supplemented by a 12.3-in. digital instrumentation display and an available head-up display.

Additional technology features include Activity Key, which allows you to leave the key fob secured within the I-Pace during exercise and lock/unlock the SUV using a special wristband, and Park Assist, which is a semi-autonomous parking-assistance feature.


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