The automotive world has many prestigious organizations and awards. However, one of them manages to show its difference by covering the whole world. It is WCA (World Car Awards)! According to Prime Research data, WCA has been the world's number one award organization for seven years. The organization, which has been organizing since 2004, is getting more and more interesting every year thanks to its developing technology and diversity. The automotive giants from all over the world are participating in the organization, which celebrates its 16th anniversary this year, competing in various categories for the award. Although there are many strong candidates among the finalists of 2019, the winner was Jaguar I-Pace! In this review we are going to take a closer look to the 2019 winner Jaguar I-Pace.
History of the Jaguar I-Pace
It is a Battery-electric Crossover SUV produced by British automotive company Jaguar-Land Rover under their Jaguar brand. Announced to the public by Jaguar in March 2018, I-Pace is the first electric SUV produced by a premium European brand. The car was designed by Scottish designer Ian Callum and assembled in Graz, Austria. I-Pace created hurricanes in the automobile world after its production and won 62 international awards. Although the number of awards seemed quite a lot, but two awards were worth all of them. Jaguar I-Pace signed a very important and rare event in 2019. Won the Car of the Year award both in Europe and the World! Thus, for the first time in the 50-year history of the award, a Jaguar won the award.
About Jaguar I-Pace
Jaguar I-Pace first appeared as a concept car. The model on display at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show has introduced as a car in the sports car class. In the subsequent production process, the automobile has built on the JLR D7e platform. At this stage, the car started to get into an SUV mould. When we look at the exterior design of the car, it becomes clear why it won 62 awards. I-Pace has designed with a futuristic design concept well beyond its era. Every detail on the body of the car is in perfect harmony with the rest of the design. While the classic Jaguar grille design on the front has preserved exactly, the design of the surrounding elements has sharpened, adding a sporty atmosphere to the car. In addition, the rigid and sharp body lines in the body design add an aggressive character to the I-Pace compared to the round design cars we are accustomed to in the electric vehicle market. Thus, the car has a much faster and dynamic appearance compared to other electric cars. When we move on to the interior design, we see a very simple but elegant design. We don't see too many control elements or buttons in the center console. The infotainment screen has combined with very simple and modern design lines. Thus, a much more spacious cabin has emerged. The wooden details on the consoles reveal the Jaguar quality once again. The steering wheel is very sporty compared to an electric car. If we talk about the technological features of I-Pace, it takes full advantage of today's technology. The car comes with a smartphone app that can locate the car, report on its locking, alarming, and charging status, and start its battery preconditioning and cabin heating/cooling. At the same time, it combines safety and comfort in a single body thanks to features such as lane tracking assistant, front collision avoidance, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot warning system.
Technical Specifications of the Jaguar I-Pace
The Jaguar I-Pace launched with a WLTP -rated range of 292 miles (470 km) and an EPA -rated range of 234 miles (377 km). In December 2019, software enhancements have released to increase range to an EPA -rated range of 246 miles (396 km). The car has a wading depth of 500 mm (20 in). The rear boot holds 656 liters (23 cu ft), along with 28 liters (1 cu ft) of front boot space. The drag coefficient is 0.29. The car has all-wheel drive via two motors powered by a 90 kWh LG Chem lithium-ion battery comprising 40% of the car's cost, and the battery management system is developed by JLR (Jaguar-Land Rover). Each motor delivers 197 hp (147 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 N⋅m) of torque, for a total power of 395 hp (295 kW) and total torque of 516 lb-ft (700 N⋅m). The car can sprint from 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds. The battery contains 432 pouch cells. It can charge from 0 to 80 percent in 85 minutes using 50 kW DC charging, or 45 minutes using a 100 kW charger. Home charging with an AC wall box (7 kW) achieves the same state of charge in 10 hours. As the I-Pace has a single-phase AC charger, it is slow to charge outside fast charge areas; with a one-hour charge, 7 kW charging adds around 30 km (19 miles) of range.