2021 Jaguar i-Pace electric SUV India price, range, features and driving impressions

Nikhil Bhatia

Jaguar I Pace: What is this?

I-Pace may initially be Jaguar’s first pure electric vehicle (BEV), but in the brand’s ambitious plan to realize an all-electric vehicle by 2025, it unknowingly becomes the spokesperson of the new Jaguar. I-Pace aims to take full advantage of the packaging freedom allowed by electric vehicles and is different from other Jaguar in many aspects.

Judging from some headline figures, the Jaguar I-Pace’s dual motors can produce 400 horsepower and 696 Nm of power, and it is powered by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a WLTP range of 480 kilometers. The Jaguar I Pace S version starts at 1.06 crore, while the top HSE featured here starts at 1.12 crore (ex-showroom, India).This pricing makes I-Pace a rival to its luxury electric SUV Mercedes-Benz EQC. This Audi e-tron The upcoming ones will also be in the same price range.

Jaguar I Pace: How’s it outside?

In a word, radical. The designers of Jaguar took full advantage of the design flexibility allowed by the EV (there is no bulky engine or gearbox to use) and displayed it in the form of an I-Pace. Of course, the “raising eyebrow” headlights and square grille are familiar to Jaguar, but the stubby hood, the forward-leaning design of the cab and the large passenger compartment are very different from the traditional SUV silhouette. Even the rake of the rear windshield broke the norm. Whether the appearance suits you depends on personal taste, although the 4.6m long I-Pace has attracted people’s attention during a day’s driving. Jag looks very futuristic and really stands out.

The shape of the I-Pace is quite different from the contours of a traditional SUV.

I-Pace also added many interesting details to help aerodynamics. The door handle is flush with the body—— Land Rover Range Rover Star Pulse – And it will only pop up when the car is unlocked. There are also blades in the grille, which only open when the battery needs additional cooling. When the blades are closed, air flows through the hood air intake, through the windshield, and reaches the roof. Going to the back, you will notice that the I-Pace does not have a rear windshield wiper; Jaguar’s designers say that minimal turbulence at the rear prevents dust and dirt from accumulating on the windows. In practice, this arrangement works well, even in rainy days, you can see through the rear window, but in order to get the best view, you should check the excellent “ClearSight” function option, which will come from the roof installation The signal from the camera is relayed to the rear view mirror.

Jaguar I Pace: What does the inside look like?

With its digital instruments, touch screen and minimalist design, I Pace’s interior has a new era of coolness. You will also like its airy feel. The windows are large, and the standard panoramic glass roof of an Indian-spec car only adds to the sense of space. Unusually, there are no shutters on the roof. Jaguar says that this kind of glass can absorb infrared light and keep the cabin cool at any time of the day. On a cloudy day when we were driving the I-Pace, we had no reason to complain, but the real test of the claim would be on a bright and hot summer day.

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The minimalist cab looks very modern, with dual touch screens taking over most of the in-car functions.

The driver will like the scenery in front, but you may need some time to judge the front end of the car; the windshield extends far forward, which takes some time to adapt. However, the beautifully shaped multi-directional adjustable front seats, thick steering gear and smart digital dial really give you peace of mind. The layered instrument panel is also well done, and the floating arm with gear buttons, mode selector and suspension adjustment buttons at the lower part of the center console is also well done. But what is an EV without complex and/or complex and/or large touch screen layout? I-Pace is equipped with Jaguar Touch Pro Duo system. There is a 10-inch main touch screen on the dashboard and a smaller 5.5-inch unit for the climate control system. Fortunately, Jaguar did not give up the physical knobs for temperature and fan settings. The main touch screen is fast and smooth, but not as intuitive as we hoped.

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Even if you sit with your knees up a bit, there is still plenty of room in the back, even if it is six feet.

The people sitting in the back will not complain about the space. Although the rear window is small, legroom and headroom are sufficient even for a six-foot person, but the huge glass roof gives the cabin a feeling of ventilation. The backs of the rear seats are a bit straight, and the sitting position is a bit knee-up. This is the result of the battery pack being placed under the floor, but overall, the comfort of the rear seats is still good. Interestingly, there is also some storage space under the seats. You will find recesses for all kinds of gadgets in this cabin, including the 10.5-liter trash can between the front seats.

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Standard panoramic glass skylight to enhance the sense of space

The luggage space at the back is up to 656 liters. The problem is that the space-saving tires are located on the luggage compartment floor and greatly reduce the available space. There is also a 27-liter storage cabinet (aka frunk!) under the hood.

Jaguar I Pace: What are its characteristics?

As a standard configuration, I-Pace is equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, 360-degree cameras, interconnection technology, panoramic glass roof, two-zone climate control and electric tailgate. However, considering the (relatively) small additional expenditure of the S and SE decoration models, the fully loaded HSE decoration is the purchased I-Pace. HSE includes matrix LED headlights, 16-way adjustable electric front seats (with heating and cooling), adaptive cruise control, head-up display, pleasant Meridian 3D sound system and gesture-controlled tailgate. It is disappointing that the air suspension and four-zone climate control are only available as options and will greatly increase the price.

Jaguar I Pace: What is it like to drive?

People who think that electric cars are nothing more than beautifying appliances need to drive I-Pace. As expected, it is quiet and fast, but the real revelation is the way it handles it. It turns quickly (torque vectoring through braking), feels agile, and the excellent grip of all-wheel drive gives you the confidence to push hard. You can also get a nice connection when turning-it weighs well and has a suitable weight level for different speeds. You would never have imagined that the 2.2-ton high-riding crossover would be so fascinating. The secret is that the heavy battery pack is located under the floor, making its center of gravity low. The motors on each axis also allow a 50:50 weight distribution.

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The I-Pace, which is close to 2.2 tons, is very fast, with 0-100kph accelerating in 4.8 seconds.

Performance is another highlight of I-Pace. We timed Jag and completed 0-100kph in 4.8 seconds. This is the sports car performance of a five-seater electric SUV! With 400 horsepower and 696 Nm on standby, it can easily accelerate at all speeds. The seamless power transmission and the immediacy of response are addictive, and knowing that overtaking is just a short press of the accelerator pedal, it’s a smug feeling. What is impressive is that there is no lack of motivation even in the conservative Eco mode.

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The electric drive system is silent at city speeds, with only a little road noise.

Although I-Pace has great power and performance, it is still a quiet everyday car. There is almost no sound from the power transmission system, and at city speeds, there is almost no road noise that can break the inner calm. If you miss your beloved gasoline or diesel engine car, you can choose to hear synthetic engine notes from the speakers. The V8-like notes are cool and equally disorienting! Jaguar has also dialed in the optional crawl mode, in addition, you can also change the regenerative braking force, “high” is similar to powerful engine braking.

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The optional air suspension allows you to raise the car by 56 mm.

On its optional air suspension, the I-Pace can also ride well. Big bumps and potholes are handled very well, and the thick tires can absorb the initial impact well. The option to raise the suspension by 56 mm (with a ground clearance of up to 230 mm) came in handy, and we were impressed by the ease with which the I-Pace climbed the gentle off-road path.

Jaguar I Pace: How about battery life and charging?

As mentioned earlier, the WLTP cruising range of the Jaguar I-Pace is 480 kilometers. Although we haven’t let Jag pass the real-world test of our meters, we have driven for a day in the city and on the highway and conducted some acceleration tests. It is estimated that the cruising range after a full charge is 350-360 kilometers, which is impressive. With the development of electric vehicles.

I-Pace can be fully charged in 48 hours through a 15-amp socket at home, and the 7kW AC wall charger provided with the car reduces the charging time to 14 hours. The 25kW DC fast charge can charge the battery pack from 0-80% in 3.5 hours, while the 50kW DC fast charger reduces the charging time to 1.5 hours.

Jaguar I Pace: Should you buy one?

It would be wrong to make a clear judgment on the I-Pace without comprehensive testing of the range and charging. Even so, it is difficult not to be impressed by Jag EV.

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I-Pace has an interesting appearance, a special feel inside, and provides all the peace and quiet of an EV you expect. However, what distinguishes I-Pace is the way it is driven. It’s fun in a way you wouldn’t expect an EV. This role of driving pleasure may become a hook in the field of luxury electric vehicles with close prices and specifications. Now, we can only say-space, rhythm and elegance; I-Pace has it all.

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