Jag revs the el ec­tric pace

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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.

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