2019 Jaguar I-Pace Global Drive in Portugal.
Portugal — Whatever image you have of Jaguar, it will soon be
rendered obsolete by the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, the first all-electric
vehicle from a brand that has long lived by its founder’s maxim of
"grace, pace and space.’
long hood look of previous Jaguars; since this is an electric
vehicle, there are few if components up front. To compensate, the
I-Pace incorporates other familiar attributes, such as Jaguar’s
signature flowing waistline, although it accentuates the front
haunches. Then there’s the grille lifted from the F-Pace or XJ6.
The new aesthetic continues inside, which eschews the clichéd
walnut-paneled library look. Instead, two large high-definition
screens anchoring the instrument panel, augmented by a pair of
rotary switches. It’s modern, elegant and intuitive. A full-color
head-up display, which projects key information onto the windshield
in front of the driver, is available. Finally, a panoramic glass
roof lends the roomy cabin an enormous feel far beyond this vehicle’s
Once you are
seated, however, little prepares you for the I-Pace’s exemplary
The test drive
route started with a conventional mix of city and highway driving
until the navigation directed us off-road, where the I-Pace forded
an 18-inch-deep stream. Stop and think about taking an electric
vehicle with its undercarriage battery pack of 432 cells
effortlessly wading through water.
the stream, the road went up an unpaved dusty mountainside, which
the Jaguar handled effortlessly. The final stop was a Formula One
racetrack, where the I-Pace swiftly yet silently generated speeds of
more than 100 mph. And why not? It’s a Jaguar.
I-Pace clearly proves itself as a classic Jaguar for the new
millennium, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of
124 mph. If you’re used to an internal combustion engine, going
this fast this silently will take some getting used to. You can turn
up the electronically produced artificial noise, but why? There’s
a spectacularly good Meridian sound system that’s better at that.
uses a Jaguar-designed electric motor on each axle fitted around a
compact, single-speed transmission and differential, enabling power
delivery to all four wheels. Nevertheless, the vehicle is filled
with features meant to extend the I-Pace’s range:
climate control adjusts airflow to the number of passengers so that
air doesn’t blow on empty seats. The I-Pace can also pre-condition
the cabin to the proper temperature while plugged in, rather than
drawing power to do it once underway.
— The I-Pace
maintains the battery pack’s optimal temperature while charging to
deliver the most range.
navigation system factors in the topography of routes, driving
styles and available range to accurately calculate routes. It also
locates charging locations along the route.
employs regenerative braking to capture energy generated while
decelerating to recharge the battery. It can be adjusted to capture
more or less energy. Under the former, the driver nearly never has
to touch the brake; just release the throttle, but gentle pedal
modulation is essential.
A standard air
suspension delivers an impeccable ride/handling balance in the best
Jaguar tradition, lowering the car by 0.4 inches above 65 mph, and
raising it 2 inches in off-road mode. Of course, as you’d expect
of a car with such a huge battery pack, the I-Pace perfectly plants
itself during cornering. Fortunately, there’s enough power that
you rarely realize how heavy this car feels. In fact, its driving
position and component setup give it a futuristic vibe that gives it
uniquely futuristic driving feel. It’s enhanced by the utter lack
of any mechanical commotion common to gas-powered cars. You just
silently rocket forward, thanks to 512 pound-feet of torque.
It’s quite a
package, one that truly reimagines the automobile, not just in terms
of packaging, but also in design, proportion, performance and
interior accommodations. It’s truly a landmark Jaguar.
time, they might have even called it the E-Type.
Permanent magnetic electric motors
(estimated): 240 miles
(80 percent/100 percent — 230 V): 10.1/12.9 hours
4,800 pounds (estimated)
capacity: 25.3-51 cubic feet