Design The I-PACE isn’t a conventional design converted to electric power, as some of its rivals are. Instead it’s designed to the strengths of the electric driveline; low centre of gravity with floorpan-mounted batteries and compact electric motors at each end. The result is a cab-forward design packs generous seating for five into a mid-sized footprint. Jaguar describes it as a ‘five-seat sports car’ and that’s the effect. The low bonnet, sweeping roofline and coupé-like silhouette give a sleek aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.29.
Performance The I-PACE’s state-of-the-art 90kWh Lithium-ion battery powers two Jaguar-designed motors, one for each axle, which produce a combined 400PS and 696Nm. Acceleration is exhilaratingly rapid; 0-62mph takes just 4.8 seconds and maximum torque is available from rest for instant response. Using DC rapid charging, owners will be able to achieve a 0-80 per cent battery charge in just 40 minutes. Alternatively, overnight charging from a 7kW wallbox at home will achieve the same charge in around 10 hours (0-100% charge in 12.9 hours). Maximum range is 298 miles, though this depends on terrain, speed and the way you drive.
Technology Three trim levels are available; S, SE and HSE. As standard the I-PACE S comes well-equipped with an Interactive Driver Display and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which comprises a 10" touchscreen integrated into the dashboard and a lower 5" touchscreen with multi-function dynamic dials. Standard connectivity features for all models include Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (including a 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot), Smartphone Pack and Secure Tracker. SE specification adds a powered tailgate and auto-dimming, power fold, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights. HSE trim includes Matrix LED headlamps and 18-way heated and cooled Windsor leather memory Sport seats with heated rear seats.
Safety The I-PACE comes with six airbags, comprising driver and passenger airbags, side curtain and thorax. Standard driver assistance features include the Park Pack (360⁰ Parking Aid, Rear Traffic Monitor, Clear Exit Monitor and Park Assist). SE trim adds the Drive Pack, with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, High-speed Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Assist. HSE adds the Driver Assist Pack’s Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist and 360° Surround Camera.