Jaguar I-PACE | Photo by Nick Dimbleby

The Jaguar I-PACE Sets the Pace


What’s the significance of the year 2010 for Jaguar Cars?

It’s the last year in which the car company introduced no new models. If that seems like a ‘so what?’ fact, it’s important to remember that, for most of its history, the company had many two and three-year gaps when no new models were introduced. Even then, the new model might be a ‘Series 2’ for an existing model like the E-Type.

Today, the last time Jaguar went more than a year without a new model was between 1988 and 1991. And not only does each new year find new Jaguar models, there have been more new model introductions, and ‘firsts’ for Jaguar, in the past three years than in recent memory.

New Jaguar Models in the Past Three Years

Starting with the XE in 2015, revisions to the XJ and FE soon followed. 2016 saw the introduction of the F-PACE, the company’s first crossover SUV and the 2nd-generation XF. The E-PACE, Jaguar’s first compact SUV, debuted in 2017, alongside new models of the F-Type, XE, and XF.

The I-PACE

So what has 2018 brought so far? The Jaguar I-PACE, the company’s first all-electric vehicle, appeared at this year’s Geneva Motor Show ahead of it’s arrival at dealerships, which is expected in the second half of 2018.

What Makes the I-PACE Different?

Aside from the fact that it’s all-electric, if there is one word to explain how the I-PACE varies from just about every other showroom Jaguar today, it is that it’s ‘different’. Really. The all-electric power plant is just the first of many unique characteristics that make the I-PACE different to all other Jaguar models, including the other PACE’s.

Cab-Forward Design

One of Jaguar’s many design trademarks is a long bonnet and short boot. But, without a gasoline engine up front, the I-PACE bucks the trend.

Cargo Space

When it was launched, the F-PACE boasted among the largest cargo capacities in its class: 508 litres with the rear seats up. The I-PACE offers 656 litres with the seats up and 1,453 litres with the seats down. Ever heard the words ‘Jaguar’ and ‘cargo-capacity’ in the same breath before?

Two Electric Motors

This is something the I-PACE has over most all-electric vehicles on the market. One motor on each axle makes it more efficient than other electrics.

If you’re a Jaguar owner, each new model might make you feel like yours is getting older. It is, but when it comes to Jaguars, that’s a good thing.

 

(Featured image: source. Photography by Nick Dimbleby)