While the I-Pace has been on the cards for India ever since its global unveiling in 2018, Jaguar has only just launched it at a starting price of Rs 1.06 crore. We got a quick preview of the car recently, here’s all you need to know
Jaguar was one of the first luxury carmakers to bring in an all-electric vehicle globally when they launched the I-Pace in the international market in 2018. But they’ve only just brought it to India now, and we recently got a chance to take a closer look.
First up, the design. Upfront, the I-Pace has sleek-looking LED headlamps that are standard across all variants – only the top-end HSE trim gets the Matrix LED headlamps. Interestingly, the DRLs are not a standard fitment on the base S variant. Moving on, the I-Pace flaunts sporty looking gloss black accents on the front bumper and the signature Jaguar grille. Below the front grille, there are active air dams that allow the flow of air smoothly from the front, through the ducts in the bonnet, over the windshield and there on above the roof spoiler at the back. This smart design characteristic gives the I-Pace a coefficient of drag of just 0.29. In its side profile, the I-Pace’s design looks like a good amalgamation of the F-Pace and the F-Type - while the C-pillar is reminiscent of the SUV, the wide rear haunches and the sleek LED taillights seem to be inspired from the sports car. Frankly, I’m not a huge fan of how the car looks from the rear. The tailgate is too flat for my liking, but the bumper does give it a sporty appeal.
As far as dimensions go, the I-Pace is 4,682mm in length with its front and rear wheels sitting 2,990mm apart. In comparison, the Mercedes-Benz EQC that was launched in India last year measures 4762mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2,873mm. At 1,895mm, the I-Pace, however, is marginally wider than the EQC.
Interior and Features:
While from the outside the bonnet of the I-Pace looks rather stubby, from behind the wheel it feels rather large – the raked-out front windscreen has a huge part to play here – but it should offer good visibility to the driver. The dash has a neat layout and a lot of signature Jaguar elements like the steering wheel, the Pivi Pro screens in the centre console for the infotainment and the air-con controls. The feature list on the top-spec HSE models include a head-up display, heated ORVMs, 16-way adjustable electric front seats with heating and cooling functions, and a lot more. Safety tech includes 6 airbags, emergency brake assist, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking aid and more. Jaguar will offer the most features available in the top-spec HSE trim as an option to the S and SE trims as well. This should allow customers to customise the car as per their liking. Speaking of which, the I-Pace also has three exterior design packs and interior upholstery options to choose from.
The I-Pace is a large car and it shows when you enter the rear seat. There’s more than sufficient leg and knee room. You get over 650 litres of luggage space in the boot which can be increased to over 1000 litres if you drop the 40-20-40 split rear bench. Unfortunately, the I-Pace comes with a space saver in the boot and it does eat up a lot of the boot space. Additionally, there’s also a small 27-litre storage space at the front under the bonnet.
Powering the I-Pace is a 90kWh battery pack that sits at the base of the car and works in union with two motors – one for each axle. This not only helps Jaguar achieve a 50-50 weight distribution but also ensures that the e-Jag comes equipped with an all-wheel-drive system. The I-Pace produces nearly 400 horses and 700Nm, which is lower than what you get in the Mercedes-Benz EQC. Interestingly, the Jaguar claims to dismiss the 0-100km/h dash in 4.8s, which is 3/10th of a second faster than the EQC. The I-Pace get a range of 480km in a single full charge, Jaguar claims that the real-world range should be around the 300km mark. When plugged into a 100kW fast charger, the I-Pace gives you a 100km range in 15minutes and 80% in just 40 minutes. A 7kW AC home charger, however, will take over 12-13 hours to charge it fully. Jaguar installs a 7kW home charger for all I-Pace customers and additionally also offer a 3kW portable charger.
Jaguar has introduced the I-Pace at a price of Rs 1.06 crore for the base S variant. The I-Pace’s only other competitor, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is priced at Rs 1.04 crore, and is only offered in a single variant. Meanwhile, Audi is also gearing up to step into the EV space in India with the e-tron and the e-tron Sportback.