All Jag, little drag, no lag
FLOORING the accelerator of the I-pace is a starshipengaging, warp-drive kind of experience.
The electric Jaguar leaps forward instantly as the pedal is pressed.
Because the car has only one gear, there’s no pause in propulsion, all the way to the electronically limited 200km/h top speed.
Jaguar even installs scifi sound in the I-pace, for the full Spock-car effect.
Burrow into the menus on the central touchscreen to find the one delivering Calm, Dynamic or in-between soundscapes. Tap Dynamic and the I-pace’s audio plays a designed-byJaguar electric vehicle noise inside the car.
Anyone who’s never been in a Tesla, which is almost everyone, will be amazed by the Jaguar’s stellar performance and amused by its final-frontier soundtrack. But the IPace is superior to anything Tesla has so far produced.
Prettier outside, more practical inside, the
Jaguar also looks better built.
It has Tesla-equalling driving range between recharges.
Prices are sharp compared to its most obvious competitor, Tesla’s Model X SUV.
Finally, the I-pace is really fun to drive.
It took Jaguar only four years to go from blank sheet of paper to first IPace deliveries in Europe.
In that time the company designed, engineered and tested something completely different from anything else to ever wear the leaping-cat badge.
The I-pace is a fiveseater with a nearly allaluminium body that’s been styled to slip through the air, the rear seats are roomy and comfy, and the cargo capacity is 656L.
It has a big lithium-ion battery pack beneath its floor supplying juice to two powerful electric motors, one turning the rear wheels, the other the fronts, so it’s all-wheel drive.
The I-pace is good offroad and even better on track. The Jaguar easily went up and down slippery gravel slopes and forded a small stream.
The I-pace’s classy chassis, designed along the same lines as sports car stablemates, meant it cornered fast and smooth on the racetrack.
The I-pace also shines in more mundane driving.
It has the power and traction to win any traffic light Grand Prix but is soothingly quiet and rides comfortably, at least on the adaptive air suspension that will be standard or optional on all three model grades in Australia.
The car’s electricitygenerating braking easily brings it to a complete standstill and you only need to use the brake pedal for sharp stops.
The I-pace will be sold in S, SE and HSE grades, from $119,000 to $140,800, when Australian deliveries beginning in October.
A lavishly equipped $159,700 First Edition will be available for the first 12 months of production.
According to the new global energy efficiency test known as WLTP, the IPace can cover 480km on a full charge.
Driven hard and fast this will drop but, as experience at the overseas launch indicates, even when pushed it will still do 300km on a charge.
Jaguar has engineered the EV for 100kw DC fast charging, which can give the I-pace’s battery an 80 per cent fill in just 40 minutes.