By on March 1, 2018

Jaguar I-Pace Hero

After two years of playing hard to get, Jaguar has finally revealed the production version of the I-Pace SUV. Actually, “revealed” may not be the best word to use, as it feels like we’ve already seen it.

The model looks so much like the earlier concept vehicle that most people wouldn’t be able to tell the two apart, even if they sat inside them. The only real difference is that the production Jag has a cushier-looking interior and a tad more ground clearance. Other than that, both vehicles are practically indistinguishable — even down to the flush door handles.

Despite the bewildering decision to name its non-electric compact luxury crossover the E-Pace and its larger, battery-driven brother the I-Pace, the automaker doesn’t appear to have done a bad job with either. While the E-Pace caters to those seeking a small-and-fancy “sport utility vehicle,” the I-Pace is for those seeing an alternative to Tesla’s Model X.

That’s most evident when you compare the two vehicles’ specs. Jag’s entry into the electrified SUV segment places a motor on each axle for a combined all-wheel output of 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque, which the manufacturer claims is good enough for a 4.5-second standing rush to 60 mph. The entry-level Model X 75D does its 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. However, the top-trimmed P100D will blow the doors off the I-Pace and just about everything else with four wheels with its 3.3-second run.

Similarly, the I-Pace’s 90 kWh battery offers an estimated range of 240 miles. This, once again, keeps it within a stone’s throw of the base Tesla, but it loses ground to better-equipped versions. Jaguar says the batteries can charge from zero to 80 percent in just 40 minutes via a 100 kW DC fast charger. Home charging solutions using a 230V AC wall box will take roughly 10 hours to do the same job.

It’s worth noting that the Model X 75D uses a smaller battery pack (75 kWh) and claims roughly the same range. It’s also a larger vehicle at 198 inches in length. The I-Pace is 184.3 inches long and loses an entire row of seating to the Tesla because of it. But Jaguar says overall interior volume is superb, better than the slightly longer F-Pace, and being a five-seat affair provides extra room for cargo.

Technology on the I-Pace appears to be superb. While there are show-off features, like flush door handles that emerge by way of a button pressed on the door or key fob, Jag has implemented plenty of substantive hardware into this crossover. The flat handles even serve a purpose. Jag says the handles improve aerodynamics, something the automaker fussed over quite a bit in designing this vehicle.

Additional standard tech includes active air suspension and Jaguar’s suite of driving aides. The I-Pace will also be the first Jaguar to get over-the-air software updates via a built-in 4G Wi-Fi. This system can, of course, be synced to multiple devices and Jag has made sure the SUV has an abundance of USB charging ports and storage areas for such items.

An available full-color head-up display projects key information such as vehicle speed and navigation instructions onto the windshield and is supplemented (if you choose to) by a 12.3-inch interactive display behind the steering wheel. That screen offers plenty of ways to customize how the driver sees data, though the I-Pace also has the ability to learn the preferences of various users by recognizing a smartphone’s Bluetooth signal. Once the car senses an approaching driver, it can adapt itself to match the user’s preferred climate control, infotainment, and seat settings.

This can also all be controlled via the model’s center console, which Jaguar says can be paired with Amazon’s Alexa. While the extent of the system’s functionality within the car isn’t totally clear, Jaguar did say users will be able to audibly access any information held in the Jaguar InControl Remote app — which includes things like service intervals and the vehicle’s current level of charge — through any Alexa-enabled device.

The massive glass panoramic roof is standard and shoppers will have their pick of Luxtec leatherette or the optional legit grained leather. There are also plenty of options for interior materials in both dark and light shades. As of today, Jaguar retailers can begin placing customer orders for the new I-Pace. However, U.S. pricing won’t be announced until the vehicle’s public debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover]

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18 Comments on “2019 Jaguar I-Pace: Crossing Over Into the Electric Market...”

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    The latest and most significant auto news is Trump’s tariffs on metals.

    Where is the article?

  • avatar

    The naming scheme is silly, but there is a logic behind it I think. The F in F-Pace comes from the F in XF. So the SUV counterpart to the XE needs to be an E as well.

  • avatar

    I don’t think we’ve yet fully figured out the result of Notoriously unreliable brand + inherently reliable electric drive. Maybe Jag will find a way to make sure you have to replace coolant pumps every 6 months, or something.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Says the guy with an AMC avatar. :)

      Actually, I thought the same thing. I’m not a fan of all the tech stuff, but hopefully the basics all work well.

    • 0 avatar

      That again? Jaguars have been average or above in reliability for years, they also have the longest warranty of any luxury brand. Give it a break already!

  • avatar

    The interior is beautiful and puts to shame the monolithic rubber block that is the F-Pace dashboard. Hoping they can make the electronics reliable, but from the looks of things with all these screens and “adapting” center console, color me skeptical.

  • avatar

    Horrendous. Looks just like the concept but then concept was awful also. I won’t complain about another practical EV, but why does it have to look so dorky? Just make it look like the F-Pace, since that’s one of the best current CUV designs.

    Can’t see how anyone could think this looks cooler than a Leaf or Bolt, or even a Prius Prime. When I think of the phrase “autonomous taxicab”, it looks pretty much exactly like this.

    Steals the title of worst current design from the CLA for sure.

    • 0 avatar

      Looks good to me. Actually has an integrated look. Autonomous drone taxicab? I see no resemblance whatsoever to the Google Waymo plastic blob.

      I don’t feel the slightest urge to criticize this iPace’s styling, whereas to me every new Lexus looks like the product of insane stomach ulcers at Toyota design HQ. That new UX epitomizes cruddy out-of-touch bad taste design with a face that would alarm a blowfly, let alone a sentient human being. If you want horrendous, Lexus has that sewn up. Even the rubbish CLA beats any current Lexus as a styling statement to my way of thinking.

      Still, if you find the Jag poor-looking, so be it. Just be aware that many would not agree in the slightest.

      • 0 avatar

        I agree with Scott. I don’t like it.

        The wheels are *ridiculous*, the black character line is more befitting a Mitsubishi or Citroen, that huge fixed rear quarter window looks cheap (I guess at least it isn’t plastic, and the overall & size shape is close to a less useful Dodge Caliber.

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    not an easy sell, it seems to sit between a Tesla 3 and a Tesla S.
    (more expensive than a 3, less seating than a S)

    it should succeed in countries where RHD Tesla model 3 will take time to get to. assuming Jag also ramps up supply.

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    I’d buy this over the Tesla Model X. I prefer the interior as I find the IPAD console a bit annoying and something of a danger to passengers. I also think Tesla’s full wing doors are rubbish and I for one think this will be a very reliable motor for Jaguar as it’s simpler than an ICE vehicle.

  • avatar

    The Plymouth Voyager interior is a nice touch.

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    More I read about this car the more I like it. Range is good and figures seem honest, interior is best in class, it has amazing amounts of torque and power, looks better to my eyes than any other electric car, is useable with 4 wheel drive, overall packaging is good, better than BMWs efforts, likely to be more reliable than Tesla’s and all this from a profitable car maker that will be around tomorrow.

    I admire Tesla and their innovative approach but and it’s a big but in the real world their cars feel a bit unfinished. They are amongst the least reliable cars and they insist on using an IPAD to control everything. So they are not for me. Jags nailed it big time.

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    This crossover design (of oversized hatchback, estate-ish MPV and SUV) is the sort of car you might expect from the company that has been a fresh new breeze in the industry for over a decade, Tesla. Compared to the i-Pace, the new Model 3 looks conventional, dorky even.

  • avatar

    Perfect accident, gadget-distraction ride. Those electric motors will end up in a classic EV conversion free of distractions…

  • avatar

    “charges on a 100kW fast charger…”

    …that DOESN’T F*ING EXIST IN 99.9999% OF THE WORLD. If luxury automakers want to compete with Tesla, they’d better be prepared to build a high-speed charging network.

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