We got to drive the new all-electric I-Pace for a short stint just ahead of the auto show. Here’s what you notice: 512 lb-ft of torque from a standstill is absurd. The $69,500 I-Pace can achieve 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and charging can take as little as 40 minutes (to 80 percent of the vehicle’s 240-mile range) using a 100kW public station.
Notably, Jaguar’s chasing not just speed, but handling, and the I-Pace possibly corners more sharply than the F-Pace crossover (the two share similar suspension components). The I-Pace’s batteries sit in the floor of the chassis, so it feels truly pinned to the road.
Jaguar hasn’t revealed everything about the new I-Pace just yet, and we only had a few minutes with a prototype. It will be a lot more valuable to drive it back-to-back vs. the F-Pace. Or, to catch a Waymo version of the I-Pace, since Jaguar also announced a deal to work with Google’s Waymo on up to 20,000 I-Paces as part of its self-driving car fleet, which will begin to ramp up in 2020.
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