2019 Jaguar I-Pace: brief first drive of all-electric luxury crossover Page 2


2019 Jaguar I-Pace first drive

2019 Jaguar I-Pace first drive

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The I-Pace darted quickly through the cones with a whiff of fun from the rear end.

The all-wheel-drive system reacts quickly and without much warning—compared to Jag’s standard, internal combustion all-wheel-drive system from Magna—though it still defaults to understeer when drivers get too ambitious with its 2.5 tons.

Our autocross was scored not only on time, but also efficiency and distance traveled. After my brief stint behind the wheel, I learned that while my time was mid-pack, my distance traveled was lower than those of earlier drivers, aided by the Jag’s easy control around the cones.

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More time would have revealed more about the I-Pace’s driving dynamics. I think they’re very good. Weight and a tall ride height are the I-Pace’s biggest enemies, aided by big wheels without much sidewall give.

The car delivered a ride that never crashed over bumps or felt flinty through the 255-section Pirelli P Zero tires—but total distance covered was only slightly more than most people travel to their mailbox.

More time, and more miles, will reveal more.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

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Inside game

The I-Pace displays operating information on a large, 12.3-inch driver display serving as the instrument cluster that shows state of charge, estimated range, and speed.

A 10-inch touchscreen for infotainment is horizontally oriented—no vertical tablets in the I-Pace, a nod to convention for its mostly new EV buyers. A smaller touchscreen with variable-function knobs for climate control, some vehicle features, and redundant infotainment controls sits below.

From behind the wheel, the I-Pace carefully keeps away from anything too abstract. Aside from a few indicators and minus the murmur of an idling engine, the I-Pace is all but indistinguishable from the rest of the Jaguar lineup.

Designer Wayne Burgess said initial interior design concepts drew wild shapes for the cabin, but they were tempered by crash regulations and the requirements of accommodating the wide varieties of human form and associated appendages.

When it goes on sale later this year, Jaguar expects the I-Pace to appeal equally to EV adopters and luxury buyers who will be drawn to the spacious, but conventional, interior.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace first drive

2019 Jaguar I-Pace first drive

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In that way, the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is hardly a visible revolution.

But for luxury shoppers who’ve been on the sidelines, waiting for a mainstream luxury manufacturer to make a long-range battery-electric vehicle, the I-Pace will be a revelation.

That’s probably the point.

Jaguar provided travel and lodging to Internet Brands Automotive to bring you this firsthand report.


 
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