We’ve already seen what the Jaguar I-Pace looks like, but until now we didn’t know what it could do. This is Jaguar’s first foray into the all-electric market, and it’s a good step forward for the Brits.
First off, the I-Pace looks cool, but as you probably already guessed, the exterior is optimized for aerodynamics. The interior is optimized for space. Like we’ve seen with other EVs, not having an engine up front means more room for everyone. Technically, this is a midsize SUV, but the cabin is closer to a full-size.
Jaguar made the I-Pace with two motors created in-house, one for each axle. That means the SUV is all-wheel-drive. It goes 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds, which isn’t Ludicrous fast, but Jag could release a hotter version later. Thanks to the 90-kWh lithium-ion battery, range is rated at a respectable 240 miles. Again, a longer-range version might be in the works. With a 100 kW DC charger, you can get 80 percent charge in about 40 minutes, which isn’t too bad.
Not only will the I-Pace accelerate quickly, it’s supposed to handle well. Jaguar claims a 50/50 weight distribution, which is easier to achieve without an engine at one end. Even cooler is the Smart Settings AI algorithm. It learns your driving style and changes settings to match what you like. That’s far better than using tech to help you post Tweets on the go, I think.
Like Tesla, Jaguar is going to use over-the-air updates to keep the I-Pace software up-to-date.
You’ll start to see the I-Pace soon enough. The all-electric SUV will hit dealerships in the second half of 2018. If you want one, you can place an order at your local dealer today. Pricing for the US isn’t coming until March 6.