2020 I-PACE New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is the British automaker's first battery-electric vehicle. It's a revolution inside and out.
Four trim levels are offered: base S, SE, HSE, and First Edition. Beneath the hood, a 90-kwh lithium-ion battery pack supplies current to twin electric motors. Working together, they generate 394 horsepower (294 kilowatts) and 512 pound-feet of torque, splitting power among the front and rear wheels. As sensors detect wheelspin changes, they adjust the power delivery accordingly.
Estimated by the EPA, the I-Pace's potential range is 234 miles. With a 100-kw quick-charge unit, an I-Pace can take 40 minutes for 80-percent recharging of its battery pack. Full charge takes about 12.6 hours when plugged into a Level 2 outlet.
Jaguar has estimated 0-60 mph acceleration time at a brisk 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 124 mph. Not many vehicles of any type can boast of acceleration even close to that level.
Standard all-wheel drive, coupled with a torque-vectoring system, produces a confident sense of handling stability.
The I-Pace crossover has not been crash-tested by either the NHTSA or the IIHS. Then again, neither has any other recent Jaguar model.
Despite an aluminum body skin, the I-Pace is no lightweight. The battery pack alone weighs 1,329 pounds.
Standard safety features include a rearview camera and parking sensors. All I-Pace models also offer low-speed automatic emergency braking and LED headlights, as well as active lane control. Step-up models may add such safety technology as high-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and a head-up display. Jaguar's extensive warranty covers the battery pack for 8 years or 100,000 miles..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
I-Pace S ($69,500), the base model, has standard all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, an air suspension, and a 380-watt sound system. Also included are 8-way power front seats, LED headlights, keyless start, and a huge panoramic glass sunroof.
SE ($75,850) adds leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, a power tailgate, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors.
HSE ($80,500) provides a richer grade of leather, 18-way cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a gesture-controlled power tailgate, 825-watt audio, and a surround-view camera system. Adaptive cruise control incorporates steering assist..