Get to know the first electric Jaguar, 400 horsepower with a surprising 220 mile range and ultimate English styling.
With 400 HP, the first electric Jaguar accelerates from 0 to 60 m/h in just 4 seconds, with the benefit of having a surprising range of over 220 miles thanks to its modern high-speed battery, capable of recharging 80% in only 90 minutes.
The automotive industry is undergoing a definitive change that encourages the use of new technologies that come with sustainable engines. Among the high-end manufacturers, Tesla has defined the guidelines within the industry; with traditional brands such as Audi, with its Q6 e-tron, or Mercedes Benz, with its EQC, in anticipation of the hybrid and electric engines that will soon dominate the market. Jaguar couldn’t resist the new trend, so the company introduced its first electric model at the Los Angeles Auto Show: the I-Pace.
The first electric Jaguar accelerates from 0 to 60 m/h in just 4 seconds, with the benefit of having a surprising range of over 220 miles thanks to its modern high-speed battery.
The emblematic British automaker waited for electric motorizations technology to allow for longer range and competitive performance. The challenge was to design an SUV that respects the brand’s sporty tradition while maintaining the level of luxury and comfort to which we have grown accustomed.
The absence of a traditional engine on the front allows for a short hood, featuring a dramatic air intake and a classic Jaguar-style front, with its piano black rhombuses and angular LED lights, giving it a feline and aggressive look.
The front windshield has a steep incline that extends into a rounded roofline. In combination with the optimized rear end, the result in an excellent aerodynamic coefficient of 0.29. The sides of the model have muscular fenders that accentuate its sporty identity. The gigantic 23-inch wheels and a slim waist line links it to the most radical coupes of the brand.
The interior of the vehicle is astoundingly roomy. By having two separate electric motors, one in each traction train, the designers were able to move the passenger compartment forward, extending the wheelbase and providing plenty of interior space by eliminating the transmission tunnel. The dimensions are so generous that even the trunk of the vehicle offers 140 gallons of capacity, much larger than competitors’ averages.
The interior’s futuristic design was achieved by combining cutting-edge technology with high-end materials distinctive to the brand. For example, the instruments and the central panel are made of high definition screens. High-end materials like satin aluminum, wood, micro-perforated metal wheels for the air conditioner and natural textiles for floor, are a testament to Jaguar’s luxurious standards. The seats are true designer pieces, and the wraparound sunroof is decorated with a rhombic pattern made of carbon. The modern and classic elegance highlight a well thought-out, exquisite interior.
Its low driving position reinforces its Jaguar identity, and along with the same suspension and direction scheme of the F-Pace model, they provide the driver with superb connection to the road.
The two electric motors add almost 400 hp and 516 lb/ft of torque, available continuously, allowing acceleration from 0 to 60 m/h in 4 seconds. The batteries, cooled by liquid and high-speed charge, are located under the floor of the cabin and were developed by Jaguar for its Formula E team.
Available in the second half of 2018, it will be priced only 10-15% higher than the F-Pace, positioning it as a high-end alternative in the emerging electric SUV niche. ■
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