What is the new Jaguar I-Pace?
Is it an off-roader? Well, quite possibly since it can wade through nearly 20 inches (half a meter) of water and comes standard with height-adjustable air suspension. But might it be a hatchbackinstead? The low roofline and front-wheel-drive proportions would seem to indicate yes. Of course, it could also be a station wagon since it has ample luggage capacity and a back seat large enough for six-foot-plus passengers. Some drivers might even consider it sports car. How, you ask? Well, it packs a 394-horsepower punch and can rip from zero-to-60 in a mere 4.5 seconds.
Indeed, the I-Pace is many things, not the least of which is f***ing awesome.
A Concept Car for the Street
Along with its raft of groundbreaking new technologies, I-Pace looks the part, with a truly sculptural body. Even in photos, the proportions are dramatic thanks to its cab-forward design – enabled by the lack of an internal-combustion powertrain – which pushes the wheels out to each corner, maximizing interior space. The Kammback tail and undulating beltline add even more visual theatrics without going overboard.
Despite its show-stopping looks, this crossover is far more practical than you’d probably ever imagine. Rear-seat legroom measures 35 inches (90 cm), though ingress and egress are a bit compromised by the narrow door opening you have to clamber over. The luggage hold provides more than 25 cubic feet (716 liters) of storage space. Drop the aft backrests and that figure more than doubles (1,444 liters). Offering even more space, there’s a small froot, Jaguar shorthand for “front boot,” located where an internal combustion engine would normally be found. It provides about an extra cubic foot (27 liters) of weather-tight storage, enough for some odds or ends or possibly a small duffel bag…..Read more>>