India is not a big market for EVs or any electrified vehicles for that matter yet, but luxury automakers are stepping in early anyways. After Audi and Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed its EV for our market - the Jaguar I-Pace.
The Jaguar I-Pace is the first all-electric vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover. Designed from the outset as an EV, it sits on a dedicated EV platform and has an offbeat design that is typical of alternate energy vehicles. Looking half-SUV, half-hatchback, the pure electric Jaguar has some coupe styling too, lent by the C-X75 supercar-influenced silhouette. The company says that even though it’s a mid-size SUV, the cab forward design and the EV powertrain have led to a cabin as spacious as that of a large SUV.
The Jaguar I-Pace packs a 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack that delivers a range of 470 km (WLTP cycle). A 0-100% charge using a 7 kW AC charger takes 12.9 hours, while a 0-80% charge using the same takes 10 hours. The time taken to charge from 0-80% using a 100 kW DC charger is just 40 minutes, though. On charging for just 15 minutes using such a fast charger, the EV can go up to 100 km.
The energy stored in the battery pack goes to two electric motors positioned on each axle, giving the EV an AWD drivetrain layout. They generate 400 PS and 696 Nm of torque together. A 0-100 km/h sprint takes 4.8 seconds and the top speed is 200 km/h.
Jaguar Land Rover plans to launch the Jaguar I-Pace in India in the second half of 2020. Before that, the company will introduce hybrid Land Rover models.