The Won­der­ful World of Von­del­ing

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in­creases. It can be am­pli­fied, emit­ting a sound straight out of the movie Tron, but it isn’t over­pow­er­ing.

When re­vers­ing it also pro­duces a warn­ing sound, much like that of a truck, and ac­cord­ing to Jaguar it can also be pro­grammed to emit sound while mov­ing for­ward at slow speeds.

Top speed is lim­ited to 200 km/h as driv­ing at full tilt se­ri­ously lim­its the bat­tery pack’s range. But at sen­si­ble cruis­ing speeds us­ing Eco mode, the I-pace can de­liver a range of up to 480 km (WLTP cy­cle) be­fore recharg­ing.

The au­tomaker also claims that it is pos­si­ble to achieve a bat­tery charge from empty to 80 per­cent in just 40 min­utes us­ing DC rapid charg­ing (100 kwh) or top up an ad­di­tional 100 km in as lit­tle as 15 min­utes. Al­ter­na­tively, home charg­ing with an AC wall box (7 kwh) will take the I-pace from empty to 80 per­cent in just over ten hours. Mas­terly Agility With a low cen­tre of grav­ity and 50:50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion, al­lied to a stiff alu­minium chas­sis and (op­tional) air sus­pen­sion with Adap­tive Dy­nam­ics, the I-pace felt as lithe and com­posed, with the lev­els of bal­ance and agility of a Chi­nese mar­tial arts mas­ter on the sweep­ing, un­du­lat­ing Al­garve roads.

Even on low-pro­file 22-inch rub­ber, its ride com­fort was a rev­e­la­tion, mostly owing to its long wheel­base, but it took a while to get used to the higher level of de­cel­er­a­tion in­her­ent to its brake sys­tem, with an elec­tric booster that gives it flex­i­bil­ity when blend­ing (high or low) re­gen­er­a­tive and me­chan­i­cal brak­ing.

Also en­dear­ing was the I-pace’s on­road and off-road ver­sa­til­ity. On a care­fully laid-out gravel route, af­ter se­lect­ing the set­tings for off-road driv­ing (lift­ing the body), the I-pace ne­go­ti­ated a wa­ter ob­sta­cle with ease, thanks to a wad­ing depth of 500 mm.

With its short over­hangs and rel­a­tively good turn­ing cir­cle, it also con­fi­dently ne­go­ti­ated the tight sec­tions on the snaking dirt track, but per­haps the most im­pres­sive was the ease with which it climbed up a steep in­cline – its huge torque and fully in­de­pen­dent all-wheel drive sys­tem mak­ing it sim­ple. The I-pace also shrouds new tech­nol­ogy, as it is the first Jaguar to in­cor­po­rate the Touch Pro Duo in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with a com­bi­na­tion of touch­screens, ca­pac­i­tive sen­sors and tac­tile phys­i­cal con­trols to op­er­ate key func­tions.

While quite in­tri­cate with mul­ti­ple menu lay­ers, the sys­tem is ac­cu­rate and works well, and a full-colour head-up dis­play (HUD) is sup­ported by a 12-inch In­ter­ac­tive Driver Dis­play be­hind the steer­ing wheel. The EV Nav­i­ga­tion fac­tors in the to­pog­ra­phy of planned routes to cal­cu­late avail­able range, and can also sync with a smart­phone travel app, mak­ing jour­ney plan­ning easy. With Smart Set­tings it can also learn your driv­ing habits and an­tic­i­pate your needs.

Built in Aus­tria as part of a man­u­fac­tur­ing part­ner­ship with Magna Steyr, the quiet Coven­try Cat is now avail­able in Europe in S, SE and HSE trim, and priced from R1,074,757 (at cur­rent ex­change rates).

With its host of hid­den tal­ents, the I-pace is a pace-set­ter – much like the Ang Lee di­rected movie that won over 40 awards and is still hailed as one of the great­est and most in­flu­en­tial mar­tial arts films – not only for Jaguar, but also in its seg­ment and for ve­hi­cle de­vel­op­ment in gen­eral. It is sched­uled for launch in South Africa in mid-2019.

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