Built from the ground up, the new Jaguar I-Pace is a pure Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), making it one of the few that will be available in South Africa alongside Nissan's Leaf and BMW's i Series. Combined power output is 400PS and 696Nm.
Jaguar I-Pace has a range of 480km (298miles), which is enabled through its lithium-ion battery that has a capacity of 90kWh. Said battery can even charge to 80% in approximately 40 minutes when plugged into a DC fast charger.
Rapid public charging from 0-80% in 85-minutes, with 30-minutes charge giving about 80 miles range.
The car's interior includes a control system using touchscreens, which uses artificial intelligence to identify drivers' preferences.
Another complaint normally levelled against electric cars is the maintenance requirements. Callum describes the I-Pace as "technically an SUV", which has helped with packaging the extra height required for the batteries and ancillaries, but although the i-Pace isn't pitched as an off-roader, it's capable of a wading depth of 500mm.
Jaguar's usual aluminium architecture gives a rigid body structure and helps achieve a flawless 50:50 weight distribution.
Jaguar isn't leaving things to chance when it comes to that all-important range either, as the navigation system is specially created to offer routes that ensure the maximum possible range.
The company also claims a structural rigidity of 36kNm/degree; "the highest of any Jaguar".
The design is nothing unexpected.
Its sleek, coupe-like silhouette is influenced by the Jaguar C-X75 supercar with a short, low bonnet, aero-enhanced roof design and curved rear screen. The arrangement allowed Jaguar to design a auto with short hood, roomy cabin and a more aerodynamically efficient squared-off rear end. In the rear, legroom is 890mm while, with no transmission tunnel, there's a useful 10.5-litre central storage compartment.
The I-Pace is driven by Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans, while the Teslas have former IndyCar champion Tony Kanaan behind the wheel. "Never before have I been so excited for a launch - the world is watching with great anticipation and I can not wait for the world to see everything we have achieved with this vehicle". On that note, Jaguar pointed out how the most expensive - and fastest - Model X, the P100D, is nearly twice as expensive as the I-Pace, which starts at £59,000 in the United Kingdom (approximately $82,000 although U.S. prices have yet to be confirmed). The starting price in the United Kingdom is £63,495, excluding government incentives.