Jag revs the el ectric pace
Small SUVs are the rage all over Europe and there is no better time to combine a small SUV body with an electric powertrain as has been done by both Jaguar and Hyundai. Being one of the hottest and fastest growing segments worldwide, this is why Jaguar understandably joined the race for electric vehicles. And their answer to it came in the form of the I-Pace. The Jaguar I-Pace is the first vehicle built on the company’s new platform for electric cars that it calls a skateboard. This all-new platform features an all wheel drive thanks to motors that power both its front and rear axles. We were amongst the lucky few to grab a quick test drive of one of the prototypes of the baby Jag. And yes, we came back from the test mighty impressed.
Not only is it sporty and handles and steers just like one would expect of a Jag, it does not feel as heavy as its two-ton plus weight, all with the lithium and copper that weighs it down. Cleverly balancing the driving dynamics is the trick air suspension, which comes as a standard and has auto-levelling functionalities that largely lower the center of gravity in the car, keeping it pinned to the road. And this is not all. Keeping in with the times and the electric competition in the market, the I-Pace uses artificial intelligence to improve your driving experience. The AI system monitors the driver’s habits and is constantly keeping pace with the pilot’s needs actively throwing in suspension goodies through an interactive communication system that Jaguar prides itself with.
Range for the I-Pace is touted at 500km (extremely practical we must say) and with the exciting looks and a suite of sounds that will be available on the production version of the vehicle, both for the pedestrians as well as the occupants, this could be the most promising electric car to hit the markets. The I-Pace goes on sale in international markets later on in the year.