All British Cars, the official distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in the Philippines, has finally launched the Jaguar I-Pace all-electric SUV. Its chief rival is the Tesla Model X, which is not sold in the Philippines. As a result, the Jaguar I-Pace is the first fully-electric luxury SUV to go on sale in the country. The launching of the I-Pace is also in conjunction with the local launch of the plug-in hybrid Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
Jaguar’s first electric vehicle carries a sleek design and a large battery for plenty of range. The I-Pace’s sleek exterior profile has remained almost unchanged from the concept model that previewed it. It is also an SUV that’s inspired by 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.
Just like the futuristic exterior, the I-Pace’s interior also follows the same theme. There’s 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 the JLR group’s Pivi Pro infotainment system, which first debuted at the Land Rover Discovery, which features over-the-air updates.
The Jaguar I-Pace units coming to Manila are future-proof and will be equipped with the latest upgrades. It will sport an 11-kW onboard charger to allow faster charging in the future. Every I-Pace also comes with a Type 2 Plug 7 kW wall charger. Installation costs are not included, and it may vary per household. Jaguar Land Rover’s supplier will be evaluating interested households if their homes are qualified for a charger before we even sell an I-Pace.
Powering the Jaguar I-Pace is a 90-kW lithium-ion high-voltage battery and an electric motor that produces 400 hp and 696 Nm of torque. With these figures, the I-Pace can sprint from zero to 100 kph in just 4.8 seconds. The claimed range is pegged at 470 kilometers. Charging from zero to full would take 12 hours and 48 minutes using the bundled 7-kW charger, ideal for home charging. It is covered with an eight-year, 160,000-kilometer, 70 percent health state warranty. Like all other electric vehicles, the Jaguar I-Pace is also capable of regenerative braking which allows it to harness energy during deceleration.
Fearing that Manila’s floods can ruin the battery of the Jaguar I-Pace? Do not worry as the Jaguar I-Pace can wade through as much as 500 mm of floods.
All British Cars is now accepting orders for the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace which comes at P7,590,000. Clients may also purchase an additional charger for their second homes or offices. A second charger costs P105,000 (installation not included).