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All-electric Jaguar I-Pace officially revealed

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As planned back in November 2016, Jaguar has revealed the production version of the I-Pace SUV, the company’s first electric vehicle. The production version is nearly identical to the concept inside-out.

As for the construction, the I-Pace is built on a bespoke EV aluminium architecture that uses advanced riveting and bonding technology for a light, stiff body structure. According to the company, the I-Pace has the highest torsional rigidity of any Jaguar. The battery is placed centrally between the two axles, and as low down as possible. This location enables perfect 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity, Jaguar said.

Powering the I-Pace are two Jaguar-designed electric motors, each at front and rear axle, producing a combined output of 400 PS and 696 Nm of torque, making it an all-wheel drive. Those numbers are good enough to propel the electric Jaguar from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.

As for the battery, the I-Pace gets 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack that has 432 pouch cells instead of cylindrical cells. Jaguar claims a range of 480 km (European WLTP cycle). With rapid charging, up to 80% can be achieved in 40 minutes (100 kW DC charger), with 15-minutes charge giving 100 km range. The company even took one of its potential customers for testing to clear her doubts on range. Jaguar is offering 8-year battery warranty and 21,000-mile / two-year servicing.

Suspension is a double wishbone front and Integral Link rear axle with (optional) air suspension and configurable Adaptive Dynamics.

Taking about the design, Jaguar said that the coupe-like silhouette is influenced by the C-X75 supercar with a short, low bonnet, aero-enhanced roof design and curved rear screen. This cab-forward design contrasts with its squared-off rear, which helps reduce the drag co-efficient to just 0.29 Cd. To optimise the balance between cooling and aerodynamics, Active Vanes in the grille open when cooling is required, but close when not needed to redirect air through the integral bonnet scoop, smoothing airflow.

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The interiors are pretty familiar with Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, full digital instrument cluster and so on. The I-Pace also has artificial intelligence algorithms to tailor the EV to individual driver preferences. As for the options, Kvadrat branded premium textile can also be specced for the interiors.

The I-Pace will also launch an Amazon Alexa. This means owners will be able to ask an Alexa enabled device for information held in the Jaguar InControl Remote app. For example: Is my car locked? What is the charging level? Do I have enough range to get to work?

With no transmission tunnel, there’s a useful 10.5-litre central storage compartment. In the rear, tablet and laptop stowage is found beneath the seats, while the rear luggage compartment offers a 656-litre capacity – and 1,453-litres with seats folded flat.

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The I-Pace will be available from 1 March, in S, SE and HSE derivatives alongside a First Edition. Priced from £63,495 in the UK (excluding government incentives).

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