New 2018 Jaguar I-Pace

Lightning performance for the new 2018 Jaguar I-Pace SUV - plus a 298 mile range for the firm's first electric car

Dominic Tobin
Mar 2, 2018

Jaguar’s first all-electric car has gone on sale, with sports car acceleration, a range of up to 298 miles between charges, and plenty of space to stretch your legs in the front and back.

With prices starting from £58,995, the 2018 Jaguar I-Pace is the first mainstream rival to the Tesla Model X. Both vehicles are SUVs, or sport utility vehicles, with a high driving position, four-wheel drive and hi-tech interiors.

Although it’s smaller than Jaguar’s petrol- and diesel-powered F-Pace SUV, the I-Pace is said to have more interior space because it has been designed from scratch as an electric car. Engineers have been able to move the windscreen and dashboard forward into the bonnet space that's normally occupied by an engine, creating more legroom for passengers.

It’s considerably quicker than most other SUVs too, thanks to its two electric motors, which can produce their maximum power as soon as you press the accelerator - with no need to rev them like a conventional engine.

Other highlights include:

  • Faster acceleration than a Porsche 911
  • Starting price of £58,995 based on an expected £4,500 government grant
  • Hi-tech interior dominated by touchscreens
  • First deliveries expected in July
  • 30 minutes of fast charging provides 80 miles of range
  • Claimed to combine comfort and agile cornering

The Tesla Model X is the only direct competitor to the Jaguar I-Pace for now, but the situation will change soon. Mercedes' Generation EQ electric SUV is expected to go on sale next year, and this will be followed by the Audi e-tron SUV in 2020.

Other alternatives include plug-in hybrid SUVs, like the Volvo XC90 T8 and Audi Q7 e-tron, which are powered by electricity but also have an engine that drives the car when the battery runs out.


Key facts

2018 Jaguar I-Pace price £58,995 including government grant (tbc)
2018 Jaguar I-Pace on sale date March 2018
2018 Jaguar I-Pace first deliveries July 2018


2018 Jaguar I-Pace performance

Two powerful electric motors - one driving the front wheels and the other the rear wheels - are claimed to move the I-Pace from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds, which is faster - just - than Porsche's 911 Carrera. The instant response of the electric motors delivers 400 horsepower as soon as you press the accelerator.

Jaguar boasts that the car is faster than the Tesla Model X, and filmed a race (above) to prove it. the claim appears to be true for the the cheaper 75D Model X, which is more expensive than the I-Pace, but doesn't apply to the top-of-the-range Moel X P100D, which can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 2.9 seconds - at a cost of almost £130,000.

It's likely that Jaguar will introduce higher-performance versions of the I-Pace in the future, given the powerful versions offered with the rest of the range, which are usually badged 'R' and 'SVR'.


2018 Jaguar I-Pace interior

Dominated by two central dashboard displays in the images released by Jaguar, the I-Pace also offers some natural interior materials, with wood and aluminium panels available for the dashboard and doors. There's the option of leather seats - as well as a plush wool and recycled suede fabric blend for anyone not keen on leather.

It's not yet clear how much of this equipment will be available on the entry-level S model - or how much you'll need to pay for the full works.

The car has a completely flat floor that allows passengers to stretch out and for someone to sit in the middle rear seat without having to straddle their legs either side of a bump. That’s thanks to the car’s electric power, which doesn’t require a bulky mechanical connection between an engine and the rear wheels.

The lack of an engine also helps because the bonnet can be made shorter and the interior longer. The space between the front and rear wheels, where passengers sit is not far short of a luxurious BMW 7 Series saloon. Indeed, Jaguar claims the I-Pace offers 10mm more kneeroom than that car.

The 656-litre boot is 6 litres larger than the one you'll find in the F-Pace. There's also 10.5 litres of storage in the area between the front seats. The full-length panoramic sunroof is expected to be an option, bringing extra light to the front and rear seats.


2018 Jaguar I-Pace Technology

Jaguar's selling the I-Pace as its most hi-tech car to date, and that's not limited to the electric power underneath its bodywork. The two-screen set-up inside keeps information, such as sat-nav directions and your music playlist separate from interactive controls, like ventilation. There's another screen behind the wheel, which is expected to display sat-nav directions or the car's range, as well as a head-up display to minimise the amount of time that your eyes are off the road - presumably rendering the other displays redundant for much of the time. We'll find out soon how much of this comes as standard, and which elements are optional extras.

The car's remote key fob is able to connect with your smartphone and the car to pre-set the vehicle when you approach, ensuring that the temperature, radio station and seat settings are just how you like them, and not programmed for another family member. In addition, an artificial intelligence system will be able to adjust the temperature, radio station and seat position to what it thinks you might want, based on your regular behaviour, driving style, climate and traffic conditions.

The car will have a 4G WiFi hotspot that can up to eight devices can connect to, and you'll be able to opt for up to six USB ports to charge gadgets.


2018 Jaguar I-Pace charging

Fully charged, the batteries will cover more than 200 miles before needing to be plugged in again. According to the official European test of battery range, the I-Pace can manage 298 miles on a single charge, but this is likely to require smooth driving in warm conditions.

Ahead of the car's launch, Jaguar indicated that the car would have a range of 220 miles, based on the official American test, which is more realistic because it replicates real-world driving more effectively. 

Super-fast charging will minimise the time that owners spend topping up the car on long journeys in the future: the I-Pace supports next-generation 100kW charging, which will be able to charge the battery to 80% of its capacity in 40 minutes. However, only Tesla's Supercharger network currently offers this type of speed. The first I-Pace owners will be limited to the fastest public points at the moment, which recharge at 50kW, providing 80 miles range in a 30 minute charge and taking 85 minutes for an 80% recharge.

Owners aren't expected to use the public charging network frequently, as most commutes and journeys are well under 200 miles. The car can be charged at a slower pace, using home and office charging stations. If you don't have any parking off the road - particularly if you live in a flat - then this might not be the car for you at the moment; there are limited choices if you need to charge regularly and park on the road.


2018 Jaguar I-Pace review

Jaguar put the I-Pace concept car on the road last March when it was driven by a journalist from our sister publication, Auto Express.

They said that the driving position was lower than most SUVs but didn't get to evaluate the car's promised performance or sporty feel on a short drive over relatively straight roads.

Jaguar claims that the car will be the most comfortable and sporty SUV in its class, thanks to sophisticated suspension and its decision to put the heavy batteries low in the car, which should help it to feel more agile in corners, without leaning too much.


2018 Jaguar I-Pace design

The front of the I-Pace is less boxy than many current SUVs, which makes the I-Pace more aerodynamic and able to travel further on a single charge. The swooping looks and angled sides, which are higher at the back, make the I-Pace appear sporty, as do large alloy wheels.

At the back, there are no exhaust pipes, but the I-Pace does have vents, so that air can flow smoothly underneath the car and out at the back, which helps it to cut through the air more efficiently.

Despite its name, the I-Pace has little in common with the F-Pace. The car has been designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, so there’s no need to make space to accommodate an engine, or the mechanical parts that link it to the wheels: in electric cars, many components are replaced by thin wires, helping to make the car spacious. The batteries are fitted underneath the car’s floor, low to the ground.

“Designers have been looking forward to electric cars for a long time,” says Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director. “They give you permission to do things that you can’t do when you have an internal combustion engine.”



2018 Jaguar I-Pace equipment and specs

Much of the I-Pace is made from aluminium, which is lighter than steel. This helps cancel out some of the extra weight of the heavy batteries, but the I-Pace is still around 400kg heavier than a typical F-Pace.

The I-Pace is 4680mm in length, 1890mm in width and 1560mm in height, which makes it around 50mm shorter, 40mm narrower and 90mm lower than the F-Pace. However, the distance between the front and rear wheels - called the wheelbase - which is a good indication of the amount of interior space, is 116mm longer at 2990mm.


2018 Jaguar I-Pace concept car

Concept cars are used as a way of testing customers’ reactions to different designs and features before a company makes the large investment into producing a new model for sale.

Jaguar took that approach with the I-Pace concept car, which was unveiled at the 2016 LA Motor Show. It was very close to the final car in terms of its shape and side. Its interior was redesigned in the production car to make it cheaper and more durable, but the screen-dominated design remained.



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