The i-Pace will take over the show-rooms, concessions Jaguar in a few weeks but she is already at the centre of all discussions. It is that this model is unclassifiable in the nomenclature of the manufacturer, a sort of sedan raised through its stylistic codes to vehicle headlights of the range, is the carrier of several revolutions. The story will keep that Jaguar was the first to break the monopoly of Tesla in offering a family-friendly upscale 100 % electric. Several months before Audi and Porsche. To tell the truth, the group Jaguar Land Rover didn’t really have the choice if he wants to be at the rendez-vous of end of 2020 in terms of reduction of the average CO2 emissions of its range to 95g/km and if he wants to continue to sell vehicles in China, where quotas of eco-friendly vehicles are being taxed. The English engineers have developed a new platform for this groundbreaking program which has caused some internal friction when it came to referee which of the two labels would have the scoop. Having regard to the performance of the engine, Jaguar has established itself naturally according to our sources.

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The rear bench seat 1/3-2/3 is not welcoming to the centre. Jaguar Land Rover

The electric propulsion providing more freedom in terms of architecture than a car with combustion engine, the i-Pace sits on a wheelbase nearly 3 meters, which guarantees a habitability of the limousine in the back seat, more designed for two to three people. The loading volume reached 683 litres by incorporating the tray of 27 l located under the front hood.

The power of the lithium-ion battery comprised of 432 cells, and based on chemistry (NMC nickel-manganese-cobalt) occupies the entire basement. With a capacity of 90 kWh, the batteries (guaranteed 8 years) supply power to two electric motors synchronous, one per axle. The combined power appears at 400 horsepower. As for the couple, it announces a value impressive 696 Nm. If the top speed is electronically limited to 200 km/h to avoid that the autonomy melts like snow in the sun, the force of the acceleration is impressive, especially at startup. I-Pace and reaches 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, the time of a Porsche Macan GTS, and goes from 80 to 120 km/h in 3.2 s!

With the air suspension, which offers three levels of ride height, the i-Pace is able to venture into the paths to be hollow. Nick Dimbleby/Jaguar Land Rover

More than performance, it is on the ground of the autonomy that is expected in the i-Pace. No surprises: the highway is definitely not the preferred field of electric vehicles. During our test in Portugal, the computer indicated a fuel consumption greater than 30 kWh rolling around 120/130 km/h. Each passing seeking the power is a loss of a few points of radius of action. It is truly on a journey with a cumulative secondary network and crossings of agglomeration that we may be able to consume less than 22 kWh/100 km. In these conditions, it is possible to achieve the 480-km (cycle WLTP) claimed by the manufacturer.

The interior remains classic. The i-Pace incorporates a digital display and two screens stacked on top of the center stack. The buttons of the transmission are positioned on the left jamb of the central arch. Nick Dimbleby/Jaguar Land Rover

At the end of a varied route of about 400 km, the i-Pace has passed its entrance exam. The engineers had the good idea to equip the vehicle with the energy recovery system at the lift of the foot and the brake, at two levels. The most high allows up to 0.2 G of deceleration, and relief, if we practice conduct proactive, to brake in most situations. The air suspension associated with the dynamic chassis (2 702 €) contributes to the comfort and guarantee real capacity of the crossing thanks to a ride height adjustable in the range of 90 mm. We have thus been able to climb a mountain path, steep and strewn with pebbles, but also through a ford without putting themselves in danger thanks to the all-wheel drive which perfectly handles the distribution of torque to all four wheels.

System COTA-enabled manager the accelerator and the brake, the i-Pace, evolving in a manner partially independent. Nick Dimbleby/Jaguar Land Rover

We doubt that many clients may the beautiful alloy wheels off-track, especially the models equipped with pneumatic tires 22 inch we do not recommend, due to the degradation of the comfort. In Jaguar, it’s not slowing down really at nothing. Especially not to a few loops of the circuit. The i-Pace does, does it not, the brand logo victorious seven times in the 24 Hours of le Mans? Against all expectations, this crossover of 4.68 m, while 2.2 tonnes on the scale in spite of a structure composed of 94 % aluminum, showed himself to be more comfortable that some vehicles are deemed sports. Wedged in a bucket seat, the sound is artificial, mechanical, sporty turned on in the cabin, you will have the impression to be become a pilot. This Jaguar of a new genus has its centre of gravity lowered by 130 mm compared to an F-Pace, the lack of body roll, a perfect distribution of the masses and the suspensions tested, the F-Type at the front and multi-link of the F-Pace to the rear. Back on the road, the i-Pace walk around the occupants into a relaxing mood due to the lack of noise. It is therefore bothered by the noise, especially on an abrasive coating. Remains a subject at the centre of all concerns: the duration of the cooldown.

The trunk offers a generous loading capacity. Nick Dimbleby/Jaguar Land Rover

On a standard outlet, you can count close to 40 hours… The duration will be divided by four with an installation of 7 kW (Proxiserve). Jaguar will market a wallbox of this type around 1 490 €, without counting the credit of 30 % on the amount of the material. The full energy would not be more than 40 minutes on a high-speed 100 kW but this type of installation is non-existent in France. This gap makes the use of this great and beautiful car issue over large distances. If, as the blare of the public authorities, the future is electric, it is time that France equips itself with a network in terms of the challenges.

The charging socket is installed in the left front fender. Nick Dimbleby/Jaguar Land Rover

beyond attractive tax regime particularly for company (bonus ecological of 6 000 €, bonus to conversion, exemption of TVS, carte grise free or half-price following departments, depreciation of the battery), as much to decide as to reassure the customer, Jaguar France will associate with a network access card Chargemap and pre-charged (50 €) to each car. It will alsont a mobility offering (approximately 150 €/month) giving access to a motor vehicle heat about eight weeks. Anything to get you to fall for this English-billed 78 380 euros in the entry level range.

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