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All-New 2019 Jaguar I-PACE is Unveiled, Puts Tesla on Notice

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In a live webcast from its manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria, Jaguar today revealed the highly anticipated production version of the I-PACE electric crossover. The global public debut will take place at the Geneva Motor Show next week and, while dealers have already begun taking orders, its arrival at North American dealerships is scheduled for the second half of 2018.

Influenced heavily by the concept vehicle revealed in 2016 (itself influenced by the C-X75 supercar concept), the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE will be available in three trim levels: S, SE and HSE, with an additional First Edition model available for the first year only.

“Starting with a clean sheet enabled the dramatic cab-forward profile, unique proportions and exceptional interior space—yet it is unmistakably a Jaguar. We wanted to design the world’s most desirable EV, and I’m confident we’ve met that challenge.”

- Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design

A long wheelbase of 2,990 mm with an overall vehicle length of 4,682 mm gives the vehicle a similar footprint to the Jaguar F-PACE, but with the interior space of a larger vehicle. Its bold proportions, emphasized by the available 22-inch wheels, are a direct result of the advanced electric drivetrain and architecture that underpin the vehicle. Available premium LED headlights emphasize the clean lines of the I-PACE and feature a compact design that incorporates the trademark Jaguar ‘double-J’ signature daytime running light design.

Inside, superior attention to detail and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system combine with the distinctive floating centre console and standard panoramic roof to wow passengers. This is backed by vibrant HD displays, advanced touchscreens and capacitive switches. Despite the dramatic sloping roofline, Jaguar says, there is plenty of headroom because of the low-slung seating position, which provides a sporty enjoyable seating position without compromising posture or space. In the rear, trunk capacity is 708 litres, which can increase to 1,444 litres with the seats folded flat.

With a 90kWh lithium-ion battery powering Jaguar-designed electric motors placed on the front and rear axles, the I-PACE delivers an estimated range of up to 386 km. Said battery can even charge to 80% in approximately 40 minutes when plugged into a DC fast charger. Alternatively, home charging with a 240V AC wall box will take the I-PACE to 80% in just over ten hours.

Interestingly, owners can pre-condition the battery temperature to maximize range, and heat or cool the cabin before starting their journey while plugged to power. By allowing the vehicle to precondition itself while still connected to power, maximum range can be achieved without the need to draw power from the on-board batteries to reach optimal operating temperature. Customers can pre-set a time for this process to automatically begin ahead of each journey through the Jaguar InControl Remote app or from the Touch Pro Duo touchscreen.

As for performance, the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE produces 394 hp and a whopping 512 lb-ft of torque. Expect impressive acceleration from a standing start: 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds. All-wheel drive comes standard, as does the air suspension which is capable of lowering the vehicle by up to 10 mm at speeds above 105 km/h.

And don’t worry about winter: Jaguar has engineered the I-PACE to perform in hot and cold climates, operating at temperatures as low as -40°.

We will continue to talk about the new 2019 Jaguar I-PACE in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!