Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, the I-Pace, has surfaced on the Malaysian distributor’s website. Now, before anyone gets excited, it’s worth knowing that Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (JLRM) has a habit of putting up new models shortly after a global unveil, but its track record has shown that the intent does manifest in a local launch, so this is a good start nonetheless.
The Jaguar I-Pace first broke cover in March last year and went on to scoop up a few notable accolades, which includes the 2019 World Car of the Year, 2019 European Car of the Year, and 2019 German Car of the Year. It was also named World Green Car of the Year (beating the Audi e-tron and Hyundai Nexo), as well as World Car Design of the Year.
Awards aside, the EV packs quite a potent punch, offering 400 PS and 696 Nm of torque, courtesy of two electric motors, one mounted on each drive axle. With that, the Tesla Model X rival sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, and the 90 kWh lithium-ion battery (positioned on the vehicle floor) provides up to 480 km (WLTP cycle) of range.
Speaking of battery, charging is based on Combined Charging System protocol with a Type 2 connector. Rapid charging is available – it takes just 40 minutes to charge from 0-80%, while 15 minutes plugged in is enough for 100 km of range. If you’re not in a rush, home charging with a 7 kW AC wallbox will achieve the same state of charge in about 10 hours – ideal for overnight charging.
The I-Pace is built on a bespoke aluminium architecture, with Jaguar claiming that it has the highest torsional rigidity of any Jaguar models at 36 kNm/degree. The cab forward design and powertrain layout also benefits interior space. Within its 2,990 mm wheelbase (4,682 mm overall length), passengers in the rear will get to enjoy 890 mm of legroom and 968 mm of head room. Those at the front will have 1,013 mm of headroom and 1,040 mm of legroom instead.
For stowage space, there’s a 10.5-litre compartment in the rear, and boot space is rated at 656 litres, which can be expanded to 1,453 litres with the rear seats folded flat. So, anyone want one?