Yes, you read that right. Coventry Motors Corporation, the distributor of Jaguar Land Rover in the Philippines will be launching the fully-electric Jaguar I-Pace crossover SUV and Land Rover Range Rover with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain this July 7.
First unveiled in 2018 as the first true competitor to the Tesla Model X electric SUV, Jaguar’s first electric vehicle carries a sleek design and a large battery for plenty of range. The production I-Pace’s sleek exterior profile has remained almost unchanged from the concept model that previewed it. Jaguar says the design is inspired from the Jaguar C-X75 supercar, lending it a very futuristic and modern vibe, whilst providing a very low drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd. You might be curious as to why an electric car like the I-Pace has a front grille, but it actually serves a purpose. The grille up front has Active Vanes, which open and close if the electric motor needs cooling or if better aerodynamics are needed.
Compared to most Jaguars nowadays, the I-Pace’s interior is decidedly futuristic, with plenty of new and interesting materials that are unique to the I-Pace, such as the premium textile Kvadrat interior. Highlighting the interior design is Jaguar’s first-ever use of their JLR group’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which first debuted at the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.
Powering the Jaguar I-Pace is a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery with 432 pouch cells, producing 395 hp and 696 Nm of torque. There are electric motors on both front and rear axles, effectively making the I-Pace an all-wheel-drive crossover. With this electric powertrain, the I-Pace can sprint from 0-100 kph in 4.5 seconds. Jaguar claims a maximum range of 475 km, while owners can charge the car from zero to 80% in just 85 minutes using 50 kW DC charging. Go for a 100kW rapid charger, and that time drops to just 40 minutes.
The other vehicle that the British premium automaker will be launch in the Philippine market is the Land Rover Range Rover PHEV. Called the Range Rover P400e, it is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 petrol engine with an electric motor that has a 13.1 kWh battery pack. Total system output is 404 hp and 640 Nm of torque, with power being sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Range Rover P400e can also drive in pure electric mode for up to 50 kilometers.
Externally and internally, the Range Rover P400e looks pretty much like any Range Rover, which is a good thing for those who do not want to show off that they’re inside an eco-friendly luxury vehicle.
The Facebook live public launch of the two electrified vehicles will happen on July 7, 2020, at 4 pm. Stay tuned to Go Flat Out PH to know more about these two upcoming vehicles.