New 2019 Jaguar IPACE SUV New 2019
Jaguar IPACE SUV

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is a breakthrough vehicle not only for the British carmaker, but also for electric vehicles in general. It’s unique in that it combines the athleticism of an SUV with all the best attributes of an EV, which is smooth, quiet and swift performance. While comparisons with the Tesla Model X are inevitable, that vehicle comes across as more of a people-mover than a sporty crossover SUV. In addition to being a paradigm shifter, the I-Pace also builds on Jaguar’s newfound prowess in building competent crossover SUVs like the F- and E-Pace while delivering the brand’s promise of a luxury experience when it comes to design and cabin comfort. And the EV technology not only provides good range and performance, but also is the basis of a package that delivers higher room and utility in a tidy package. It’s the first in a new generation of EV SUVs that includes the upcoming Audi e-Tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC. The Jag, however, has an upper hand because it is on sale now.

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You'll Like This SUV If...

The new I-Pace is for you if you're an early adopter and want to get in on the EV revolution that will soon sweep the industry. “Range anxiety” is fading with vehicles like these that can travel 234 miles on a single charge. Plus, you get the bonus of off-road abilities not normally associated with electrics.

You May Not Like This SUV If...

Looking for a crossover SUV to tow your toys or accommodate more than five passengers? Look elsewhere. The Jaguar I-Pace comes with only two rows and is more about transporting people than carrying loads.

What's New for 2019

All-new from the ground up, Jaguar’s 2019 I-Pace features an all-new electric powertrain driving all four wheels, an advanced suspension that provides a surprising amount of off-road abilities, a full suite of safety and driver assists and Jaguar’s latest InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with a high-definition 10-inch screen. The traditional instrument display in front of the driver features a 12-inch configurable screen. The I-Pace offers 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque from two electric motors, one on each axle, that enable 0-60-mph acceleration of 4.5 seconds.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

Jaguar’s I-Pace is unlike any vehicle you’ve ever driven. It’s quick off the line, extremely quiet and uses regenerative braking to not only help stop the vehicle, but also sharpen handling. There are two levels of regen available, the highest can bring the car to a stop without using the brake; however, it’s a bit too aggressive to use for smooth one-pedal driving in the twisty bits. The cab-forward design provides a short front deck that combined with the higher seating position found in traditional crossover SUVs imparts a tremendous sense of command over the road ahead. The battery pack is positioned beneath the floor giving the I-Pace a very low center of gravity. Combined with wheels that are pushed out to the corners, the I-Pace feels firmly planted to the tarmac. The adjustable air suspension and shocks give the I-Pace a taut, controlled yet comfortable ride. The steering is precise and adds a quickened response when the Sport mode is selected. Overall, the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace puts the emphasis on “sport” in sport utility.

Favorite Features

SUSPENSION AND DRIVE MODES
The suspension is fully adjustable and allows for varying ride heights that will allow the vehicle to hunker down on the road when pushing it hard or raise itself up to ford nearly 20 inches of water. There’s also hill-ascent and -descent modes that have a cruise control feature to automatically regulate vehicle speed without driver intervention. There’s also AdSR (Adaptive Surface Response), which senses wheel slip and helps the vehicle get going on low-grip surfaces. It will also employ regen or standard braking on slick roads to help maintain control.

SMART NAVIGATION
A big concern for EV owners is range and where to find a place to charge. The Jaguar I-Pace is equipped with smart navigation that reads the route and the driver’s style to accurately predict how much charge is left and give an accurate readout of range. The system takes into consideration not only the route but the terrain ahead and tells you where the recharging stations are along the way.

Vehicle Details

Interior

Because there is no traditional drivetrain up front, there’s a small front deck which houses a small one-cubic-foot “frunk.” The rest of the vehicle is given over to the passenger cabin, which provides plenty of room for five passengers. A panoramic glass roof also adds to the light, airy feel of the interior. Seat comfort, the high quality of the interior materials and the traditional dash layout blending the high-tech screens and conventional controls give the look and feel of a luxury vehicle that just happens to be an electric. All-around visibility is good, though the A-pillars, because of the cab-forward design, do impinge a bit on your peripheral vision. There’s plenty of room front and rear as well as 25.3 cubic feet of load space behind the second row that expands to 51.0 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded down.

Exterior

The I-Pace looks like it fits right between the E- and F-Pace in Jaguar’s lineup of crossover SUVs. But closer inspection reveals that its proportions are slightly different, thanks to the EV powertrain. The lines are freer flowing with a sporty flair, and it has more of a 4-door-coupe profile than a more upright SUV. While it has a traditional grille, its purpose is to funnel air up into a large hood vent that aids aerodynamics. Likewise, aggressive front lower intakes help channel air around the front wheels helping to contribute to the vehicle’s low 0.29 coefficient of drag. Less drag means more miles of range. While the top half of the vehicle has sporty-car cues, the lower half is more traditional SUV, with a stepped lower sill and standard 18-inch wheels filling up the wheel arches.

Notable Standard Equipment

Jaguar is offering the 2019 I-Pace in S, SE, HSE and limited First Edition trim levels. Standard models come with 18-inch wheels, Leatherette seating with 8-way-power front seats, a 380-watt Meridian sound system, Bluetooth, cruise control, emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, traffic-sign recognition and a Wi-Fi hotspot. SE model upgrades include standard leather seats, 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, power liftgate, blind-spot assist and adaptive cruise control.

Notable Optional Equipment

In the higher trim levels, buyers will find an all-around-view camera, heated rear seats, power-gesture liftgate, a more powerful 825-watt Meridian sound system, adaptive cruise with steering assist. The First Edition features charcoal ash wood veneers, heated steering wheel, Suedecloth headliner, configurable ambient lighting, fog lights, head-up display, adaptive dynamics and the adaptive surface-response system.

Under the Hood

The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace’s advanced electric drivetrain features a pair of 197-horsepower electric motors that each make 256 lb-ft of torque. With one motor on each axle, the I-Pace can seamlessly shift up to all its output front-to-rear and can vector torque from side-to-side, which enhances both on- and off-road performance. Positioning of the motors and the center-mounted 90-kWh battery pack provides an ideal 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution. Jaguar says it takes about 12.9 hours to recharge the battery to 100 percent on a 230-volt AC Level 2 charger at home, and about 10 hours to 80 percent charge. A 50-kWh DC high-speed system takes about 85 minutes for a full charge or 40 minutes to an 80-percent level. The lithium-ion battery pack carries an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty, and Jaguar will replace it if it falls below 70-percent efficiency during that span.

Two permanent magnet electric motors
90-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
394 horsepower
512 lb-ft of torque
Estimated range per full charge: 234 miles
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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Pricing Notes

The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace S starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $70,495, with the SE model at $76,885 and the HSE at $81,495. The First Editions have an MSRP of $86,895. All prices include $995 destination. The only comparable model on the market right now to the I-Pace is the Tesla Model X. While it’s slightly smaller and doesn’t have the complex falcon-wing door arrangement, the Jaguar offers value by being priced significantly less than the standard dual-motor 75-kWh Model X with 237 miles of range, which starts at $84,200. If you step up to the 100-kWh Model X, which promises a 296-mile range, it will cost you $100,700 including $1,200 destination. To see what others in your area are paying for the I-Pace, check out KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price. As for resale value, it’s too early to predict for such a new, niche vehicle.

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