The future of Jaguar became uncertain after it was acquired by India’s car manufacturer Tata Motors. However, the situation for Jaguar could not be better considering the great success of its F-Pace model, and the leaps it hopes to make with the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace all-electric model. The SUV is currently on exhibit at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but it will take two years to achieve full production. The all-electric version of the I-Pace model is expected to feature major engineering and mechanical changes, but Tata Motors promises to retain that classic Jaguar look and feel. How is an insight on what to expect from the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace model for 2018.
An SUV with the Power of a Sports Car
The switch to an all-electric engine is expected to significantly boost the power, speed, and performance of the new Jaguar I-Pace. And, although it will not differ from the F-Pace by much when it comes to speed, it is nevertheless expected to offer a better user experience as it is expected to exhibit its power and torque from zero rpm, thanks to the flawless electric motors. The all-electric version of the Jaguar I-Pace will feature two electric motors: one between each pair of wheels for even weight and power distribution.
Each of the motors has a power output of 197bhp, and, combined, the SUV registers about 395 horsepower. What’s more, the powerful motors give the car a maximum torque of 700nm per square foot, and this gives a whole new experience to driving; this is because the electric motors offer immediate response without interruptions, gear shifts, or lug. And, considering that this is a four-wheel SUV, it is expected to accelerate from 0mph to 60mph in just four seconds.
2018’s Jaguar I-Pace model is powered by a 90kwh lithium ion battery. The battery is very powerful, but it is also quick to charge; it will take only two hours to charge the battery using a standard 50KW DC public charging point. However, the car’s charging system can withstand a capacity-charging higher than the 50kw DC, which is just one of the car’s future-proofed aspects. What’s more, the SUV is aluminum intensive, and even the battery pack is housed in an aluminum compartment to ensure security.
The battery also packs a high energy storage capacity that, according to the European NEDC test cycle, provides a range of about 500km. To this end, the battery can last for up to one week for users who drive short distances, say, between home and the workplace.
A Classic Jaguar Look
The 2018 Jaguar I-Pace features a flashy and modern look that is not only compact but also sporty in appearance. To start with, it is smaller than most mid-sized SUVs as it measures 4680mm long, 1560mm tall, and 1890mm wide. What’s more, the wheel base is bigger than that of the F-Pace. The short height, coupled with the bigger wheel base, gives the Jaguar I-Pace a compact and sporty appearance.
The bonnet is low-set and features a flashy grill that allows air into the scoop. Since the car does not run on gas, the designers replaced the exhaust pipe with vents through which turbulent air is passed from the rear wheel arches, the rear diffuser, and the wake. The rear window is exceptional since it has a sloping and curved appearance, and the hydrophobic glass sheds water to clean itself without the need for a wiper.
In spite of being smaller than most typical mid-sized SUVs, the Jaguar I-Pace packs a lot of space for four passengers. The electric architecture makes it possible to save on space by doing away with certain components, and the designers do a great job of offering a minimalist cockpit design. For instance, it features a flat floor that not only frees more space but also allows passengers to sit lower.
This, coupled with the slimline design of the seats, gives passengers a sports-car feel as the design places the passengers’ hips lower in relation to their heels; Jaguar refers to the seating arrangement as ‘sports command driving position’. In addition to space, the SUV’s plush seats are designed for utmost comfort. They feature plush leather covers that feel soft to the touch and give the car a luxurious look and feel.
Additionally, they are ergonomically designed to prevent fatigue especially for users who take long-distance drives. One of the most notable aspects of the Jaguar I-Pace is that it lacks a gear selector and transmission tunnel. Instead, the SUV features a center console that has buttons for changing gears. And, while the absence of these two components gives the interior a unique look and feel, it also frees up more space for the inclusion of a 28-liters stowage under the bonnet, eight-liter stowage between the front seats, and a 530-liter boot.
For added comfort and visual appeal, the roof is made of full-length panoramic glass that features a ceramic lozenge-patterned print. The roof is appealing during the day, but it is mesmerizing at night when it becomes illuminated by the LED lights embedded into the ceramic.
Technology and Infotainment
Convenience and entertainment are also guaranteed thanks to the high-end technological components incorporated into the SUVs dashboard. To start with, the infotainment system is similar to the InControl Touch Pro System available in other modern Jaguar models. To this end, users can use apps from a connected smartphone via the InControl Apps feature, and there is a strong Wi-Fi hotspot to keep you connected to the internet.
The dashboard also features three touch-screens that place more control in your hands. The primary screen measures 12 inches and consolidates all the controls in one interface. The second screen measures 5.5 inches and it controls all the infotainment features. Finally, the third screen measures 12 inches and it provides control to all instrumentation.
Jaguar has not opened up about the 2018 Jaguar I-Pace price, but it is expected to be 10%-15% higher than that of the F-Pace. To this end, it is expected to range between $60,000-$70,000.