Jaguar’s Indian website has listed its fully electric SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace, that will be launched here this year. The I-Pace will be the first of six electrified cars Jaguar’s planning to launch in India. Like many other auto manufacturers, Jaguar is betting big 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 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.
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.
Inside, the Jaguar I-Pace gets the Touch Pro Duo ‘flight deck’ infotainment system along with the floating centre console, designed to minimise driver distraction. 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.
Customers can also use 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 will also be the first Jaguar able to receive wireless software updates.
When is the I-Pace launching in India?
Jaguar Land Rover India confirmed last year that it would introduce the I-Pace in the second half of 2020. It is likely that the company is working towards putting the first examples on the road (and a skeletal charging infrastructure) during the festive season.