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2018-03-01 19:00

 • New all-electric I-Pace • Twin Jaguar-designed motors with a combined 294kW/696Nm delivering 0-100km in 4.5s • 90kWh Lithium-ion battery delivers up to 479km range  • Rapid public charging from 0-80% in 85-minutes, with 30-minutes charge giving about 80 miles range. I-Pace will be fully compatible with 100kW chargers as the technology is rolled out across the UK • Smart Settings use artificial intelligence algorithms to tailor I-Pace to individual driver preferences • Wireless over-the-air updates to ensure customers always have the latest software • With zero tailpipe emissions, I-Pace owners may be eligible to benefit from lower road taxes, reduced tolls and even reduced congestion charges

London – Jaguar has debuted its first electric vehicle (EV), the I-Pace, the latest member of its SUV family. Jaguar Land Rover South Africa says it's committed to an "electrified future" with its first all-electric and hybrid models arriving in South Africa from 2019.

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The official public debut of I-Pace will be at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6. The I-PACE will be available from 1 March, in S, SE and HSE derivatives alongside a First Edition, all inspired by the design of the original concept. 

Watch the reveal as it happened:

Electric engine

Its 90kWh Lithium-ion battery delivers a range of up to 479km. Jaguar said: "Owners will be able to achieve a 0-80 percent battery charge in 85-minutes using DC charging (50kW). The Jaguar I-Pace will be fully compatible with DC Rapid Chargers (100kW) as the technology is rolled out across the UK, which will enable a 0-80 percent charge in just 40 minutes. Home charging with an AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over ten hours – ideal for overnight charging."

A suite of smart range-optimising technologies includes a battery pre-conditioning system - when plugged in the I-Pace will automatically raise (or lower) the temperature of its battery.

Performance

Two electric motors – which feature driveshafts passing through the motors themselves for compactness – are placed at each axle, producing 294kW and 696Nm, and all-wheel-drive, all-surface traction.

The high torque density and high-energy efficiency characteristics of the motors deliver sports car performance, launching the I-Pace from a standing start to 100km/h in just 4.5s. 

Design

Jaguar said: "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."

In the rear, legroom is 890mm while, with no transmission tunnel, there’s 10.5-litre central storage compartment. In the rear, tablet and laptop stowage is found beneath the seats, while the rear luggage compartment offers a 656-litre capacity – and 1453-litres with seats folded flat.

Connected-car technology

The I-Pace introduces the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system to Jaguar. Utilising an innovative combination of touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls, Touch Pro Duo is intuitive to use.

A new EV satnav assesses the topography of the route to destination and insights from previous journeys, including driving style, to calculate personalised range and charging status.

The system uses ‘Smart Settings’ technology – driven by AI algorithms – to identify individual driver preferences, and then tailors the I-Pace’s driving and interior settings accordingly.

The I-Pace will also launch an Amazon Alexa Skill.

Jaguar said: "This means owners will be able to ask an Alexa-enabled device for information held in the Jaguar InControl Remote app. For example: Is my car locked? What is the charging level? Do I have enough range to get to work?"

To ensure owners always have access to the latest infotainment, telematics and battery energy control software, I-Pace will be the first Jaguar to provide software over-the-air – providing seamless updates.

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