Jaguar i-Pace EV is 2019 World Car of the Year

Published: 17 April 2019

► Jaguar’s first all-electric car
► Crossover EV is on sale now
► Two motors, 298-mile range

Jaguar's all-electric i-Pace has won the illustrious 2019 World Car of the Year award at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The crossover EV, first revealed in March 2018, (quite literally) shocked the world when the real thing looked almost identical to the concept car in 2016.

The i-Pace not only won the coveted WCotY award, but also won the World Car Design of the Year award and the World Green Car award, too - the first ever car to win three awards in the same year. Prof. Dr. Ralph Speth, CEO of Jag, said the awards give the i-Pace 'the ultimate recognition it deserves.'

Read our full review of the Jaguar i-Pace right here

Jaguar i-Pace: the full story

This is a landmark car for Jaguar, launching it into the growing electric car segment, and it’s dripping with cutting-edge tech from across the portfolio. The new i-Pace was launched at a snazzy event in London on 1 March 2018 and we’ve got all the specs, prices and analysis you’ll want about this new car.

It's a modern take on the Jaguar design oeuvre, with a tall hatchback stance and a rising beltline - and of course with no internal combustion engine to package, the nose is short and stout. You won't mistake this for a traditional Jaguar, that's for sure.

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So how much will the Jaguar i-Pace cost in the UK?

Taking the £4500 government incentive grant into account, i-Pace prices stack up as follows: 

  • Jaguar i-Pace S (the entry-level model): £58,995 
  • Jaguar i-Pace SE £64,995 
  • Jaguar i-Pace HSE (the top ‘core’ trim): £69,995

Check out our full guide to the Geneva motor show 2018 here.

Jaguar i-Pace

There will also be a super-plush First Edition sold in limited numbers, at an eye-watering £76,900. That’s the only version available in fluoro-carrot Photon Red paint, the exact same shade previously seen on the concept car. 

Such pricey, top-end special launch editions have become the norm in the new car market, as manufacturers cash in on the early adopters’ rush to get into the latest groundbreaking new models.

What powers the electric Jaguar i-Pace?

A 90kW battery pack feeds two electric motors, one at each end, making the i-Pace all-wheel-drive. 

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Jaguar i-Pace: prices, specs and photos

Total power and torque are equivalent to 395bhp and 513lb ft. Make no mistake, the i-Pace will be no slouch, and that battery pack is as big as modern Teslas’, giving it proper long range.

The motors have been designed in-house at Jaguar and are relatively light, weighing about 38kg each. They’re mounted as low as possible in the sandwich platform for optimum weight distribution to keep that trademark Jag agility.

How fast is the new Jaguar i-Pace?

Jaguar says it can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.5sec. And to prove the point, it screened a film at its world debut where it took on a Tesla Model X 75D and 100D in a 0-60-0mph drag-race in Mexico, with surprising results.

You can watch the Jaguar i-Pace vs Tesla Model X race here

With 50:50 weight distribution and the ability to switch torque instantly between the front and rear axles, it promises an involving driving experience, too.

Skateboard platform for new electric Jaguar i-Pace

Kerb weight is pegged around 2133kg - those large battery capacities don’t come light (or cheap). The i-Pace is claimed to be more torsionally rigid than an F-type, with a lower centre of gravity than an F-Pace. This bodes well.

Like the latest Nissan Leaf, the i-Pace is set up around ‘one-pedal’ driving, with deceleration strong enough to obviate the use of the brake pedal unless particularly hard braking is required. It’s a style of driving most people will quickly adapt to. 

How long does the Jaguar i-Pace take to charge?

The 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack takes 45 minutes to charge from 0-80% using a 100kW rapid charger, or 10 hours from a 7kW AC wallbox, designed for overnight charging at homes. Jaguar claims this will suit most owners perfectly, as they top up on cheap off-peak domestic electricity.

New 2018 Jaguar i-Pace

Compatibility with Amazon Echo allows owners to ask Alexa to confirm charge level, how much time remains until full and so on. It’s also possible to ‘pre-condition’ the battery remotely; having the battery at optimum temperature is said to affect the potential range by as much as 30-60 miles.

What’s the range? How far will the i-Pace go between charges?

The i-Pace is the first battery electric vehicle (BEV) to be homologated on the new WLTP test cycle, the more stringent replacement for the outmoded NEDC consumption test. Under the new test conditions, the i-Pace is rated at 480km (298 miles).

Read more about the WLTP system in our handy explainer here

Jaguar estimates would be equivalent to approximately 335 miles under the old, less stringent NEDC test. Under the North America-centric EPA test, it would be equivalent to around 240 miles.

How big is the Jaguar i-Pace?

With an overall length of 4680mm, the i-Pace’s dimensions are similar in size to the Porsche Macan, but Jaguar claims interior space equivalent to the larger Cayenne. That’s quite a boast.

Jaguar i-Pace cutaway

Boot space is an entirely usable 665 litres, and there’s a modest secondary luggage compartment up front where an engine would be in a conventionally fuelled Jag, with space to take a couple of shopping bags or, more likely, keep the charging cable in. 

Without a pesky engine to get in the way, the wheelbase has been stretched to nearly three metres and the distinctive ‘cab-forward’ profile pioneered on the i-Pace concept car creates plenty of rear legroom. We’ve sat in it and it’s a remarkably roomy cabin. It’s a five-seater only, no third row of seats here. 

Jaguar i-Pace: the interior

The concept’s bold interior has been toned down into a more conventional cabin for production. It’s still minimal and modern, with upper and lower landscape-oriented touchscreens combined with rotary controllers as per the latest Range Rover Velar

‘I pushed hard against [the idea of] these great big iPad-style portrait touchscreens, because frankly if you’re driving at 70mph, you don’t have time to concentrate on finding your way to the touchscreen,’ reckons Jaguar design director Ian Callum.

Jaguar i-Pace interior

CAR climbed aboard the i-Pace and it feels genuinely roomy in the front and rear. The relatively fast roofline doesn’t seem to have pinched much headspace, and nor has the optional glass roof. 

The latter is more than a metre long and has been designed to absorb UV light, meaning it doesn’t need a headroom-stealing sunblind. 

There’s no shortage of mobile device charging options aboard, with three 12v sockets, six USB ports and one HDMI/HML port.

The exterior design story

The new Jaguar i-Pace’s styling has stayed very close to the original concept car first shown at the 2016 LA show.

CAR had an early preview of the production-spec i-Pace at Jaguar’s design studio near Coventry with design director Callum.

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‘I can’t express enough how excited I am about this car,’ he told us. ‘Honestly, it’s probably the most exciting project that I’ve been responsible for in terms of design, and I think the team as well. It came around rather spontaneously really, because we decided that we wanted an electric car, and we decided that it should be a Jaguar for a number of reasons.’

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. In an electric car! Jaguar says it has built more than 200 prototypes in the course of the i-Pace’s development programme, which has taken in 1.5 million miles of testing to make sure it closes the reliability and durability gap with the class best.

Ian Callum on the Jaguar i-Pace

‘What was great about this for us as a design team is that we started from first principles – there was only what we call a skateboard underneath and nothing really above it, so we could do whatever we wanted [taking into account] the size of people. Apart from some areas of crash and safety requirements, we really had a lot of freedom with this. Creating the car from the ground up to a design we wanted is something very exciting indeed, and for me the shape of the future.’

Jaguar i-Pace electric and prices

‘The production i-Pace is slightly narrower, it’s slightly taller and the wheels are smaller, but I hope you agree we haven’t deviated too much from the concept,’ adds Callum, proudly. 

The show car’s giant 23-inch wheels have downsized, but only slightly – top-spec i-Paces will ride on 22s, and base models start on 19s. Big rims remain a Jag speciality, regardless of cost and ride implications.

The ‘cab-forward’ mid-engined look deliberately echoes 2010’s canned C-X75 supercar, Callum tells CAR magazine. ‘So a little bit of that car saw its way to reality in the end. I wasn’t going to give up on that one!’ 

Long sunroof: Jaguar i-Pace

Production of the new Jaguar i-Pace starts in summer 2018, at Magna Steyr in Austria, alongside the E-Pace (that’s the compact Jag SUV with an engine, despite the name).

Jaguar i-Pace orders open officially at the 2018 Geneva motor show, although customers have been able to register their interest with dealers since the original i-Pace concept car was first unveiled.

We drive the new i-Pace pre-production car: don't miss our Jaguar i-Pace review

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By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer