Jaguar I-Pace on track for its launch in India this year

Last year, Jaguar Land Rover revealed that it plans to launch the Jaguar I-Pace in India in second half of 2020. While the COVID-19 outbreak has delayed the launch, EVW has learnt that the Jaguar electric car is still on track for the current calendar year. The Jaguar I-Pace launch in India will take place around Diwali this year.

JLR has listed the Jaguar I-Pace on the Indian website, and it plans to release it as the first of six electrified cars Jaguar models in India. Like many other auto manufacturers, it is betting on electric vehicles and initiated the “Destination Zero” which aims towards zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestions a safer and a cleaner future.

Jaguar I-Pace design

The Jaguar I-Pace has been well received and won the 2019 World Car of the Year award. Inspired by the Jaguar C-X75 supercar with a short, low bonnet, aero-enhanced roof design and curved rear screen, the I-Pace gets a cab-forward design with a contrasting squared-off rear, to reduce the drag co-efficient to 0.29 Cd. Jaguar’s new Matrix LED headlamps with trademark double-J graphic and sweeping indicators make for a sharp front. The electric SUV’s design has many talking points like the sweeping front fenders, dramatic curves, muscular haunches, strong waistline and 22-inch wheels.

With a wheelbase of 2,990 mm, the interior has a big amount of space for both the passengers and the luggage. The rear luggage compartment has a volume of 656 litres that can be increased to 1,453 litres with the seats folded flat. A full-size panoramic roof comes optional.

2021 Jaguar I-PACE rear view
The Jaguar I-Pace sits on a dedicated EV platform. The benefit is clear when you see the spec sheet – it is only 1 cm longer than the Jaguar XE, but its wheelbase eclipses that of the Jaguar XF!

Range & Performance

Jaguar I-Pace claims sports car level performance combined with next-gen artificial intelligence technology and five-seat SUV practicality. Its 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery uses 432 pouch cells to deliver a range of 480 km. 80% of the battery can be charged in just 40 minutes using a 100 kW DC rapid charger while a 7 kW home charger can do the same in just over 10 hours. Two electric motors placed at each axle offer 400 PS of power and 696 Nm of torque that can launch the I-Pace from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. With the battery placed as low as possible between the axles, it provides a 50:50 weight distribution. A double-wishbone front and integral link rear suspension influence the driving dynamics.

The aforementioned specs are for the EV400 variant, but now, JLR is making a cheaper ‘EV320’ variant as well. The Jaguar I-Pace EV320 has lower-output electric motors that generate 235 kW (320 PS) of power and 500 Nm of torque. A 0-100 km/h sprint takes 6.4 seconds instead of 4.8 seconds and the top speed is 180 km/h instead of 200 km/h. The range, however, is the same – 470 km (WLTP).

Charging

JLR has upgraded the on-board charger to an 11 kW unit, which allows customers three phase AC home charging. This means faster home charging of 53 km/hour (WLTP) and a lower full charging time of 8.6 hours.

In India, Jaguar has tied up with Tata Power to prepare a skeletal charging infrastructure before customers walk into the dealers asking for a test drive. Tata Power will install charging solutions for Jaguar Land Rover across its retail network of 27 outlets in 24 cities besides a wallbox solution at the customer’s home or office.

Besides, Jaguar I-Pace customers can access the wide network in the public charging infrastructure that Tata Power is building, with 700 charging outlets promised by March 2021. The company will provide a range of AC and DC chargers, starting from 7 kW to 50 kW capacity, across India for its group brands (Jaguar, Land Rover & Tata Motors) as well as other OEMs like MG Motor.

2021 Jaguar I-PACE dashboard
JLR has already upgraded the on-board charger, infotainment system and the instrument cluster of the Jaguar I-Pace in 2020. These are some of the several changes the company has brought to the EV before rolling it out in India.

Interior & Features

As for the interior, the Jaguar I-Pace was introduced with the Touch Pro Duo ‘flight deck’ infotainment system along with the floating centre console, designed to minimise driver distraction. Now, there’s a new, smartphone-inspired ‘Pivi Pro’ infotainment system that features new and flat menu structure for navigating it easily. The number of steps required to lock a location for navigation have reduced by half, and it is possible to pan and zoom in and out of the map with a pinch of the fingers. A full-colour head-up display projects key information such as vehicle speed and navigation instructions onto the windscreen.

The instrument cluster is a 12-inch Interactive Driver Display providing the necessary information. JLR has enhanced the instrument cluster as well, with revised graphics to give a clearer SoC indication, and made the predictive range algorithm more accurate and consistent. Wireless smartphone charger has joined the list of features this year, but it’s an optional one.

Customers can also use the Jaguar InControl Remote app to lock/unlock the car, know the battery charge level, to pre-condition the battery and set cabin temperature. The I-Pace is the first Jaguar able to receive wireless software updates.

Price

The Jaguar I-Pace will likely cost upwards of INR 1 crore (ex-showroom) in India and compete with the Mercedes EQC and the Audi e-tron that comes out next year. JLR’s second battery electric vehicle in India could be the all-new Jaguar XJ electric which world premieres next month.