I-PACE accolades roll in

The accolades for the Jaguar I-PACE just keep on pouring in with the model now having won the 2019 World Car of the Year Award and the World Car Design of the Year with the proverbial cherry on top being the World Green Car award.

This latest win for the I-PACE, awarded at the recent New York International Auto Show by a panel of 86 motoring journalists from 24 countries, comes just weeks after it claimed the European Car of Year title.

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Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, says: “It is an honour the Jaguar I-PACE has received these three accolades from the prestigious World Car jurors.

“We started with an ideal, to move towards our Destination Zero vision; zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion. I-PACE is our first step to achieving this, and it was conceived when EVs were little more than a niche choice.

“So we started from a clean sheet of paper to create a new benchmark – the world’s best premium electric vehicle, and a true Jaguar driver’s car.”

Designed and developed in the UK, I-PACE is attracting new customers to the Jaguar brand, for many of whom it will also be their first EV – to date, more thab 11 000 customers in more than 60 countries worldwide including South Africa have taken delivery.

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Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, who was in New York to accept the awards, says: “Designing Jaguar cars is probably the best job in the world, and I can honestly say that no other project I’ve worked on has been as rewarding as I-PACE.

“Electric vehicles offer designers unprecedented freedom to rethink the proportions, the profile and the packaging, and it is an opportunity my team has exploited in full. Winning the 2019 World Car Design of the Year award, as well as World Car of the Year and World Green Car, is true recognition for their achievements.”

The I-PACE’s cab-forward profile, short overhangs and taut, muscular haunches give it a sense of drama that set it apart from other SUVs. The spacious interior – enabled by the bespoke electric vehicle architecture – is finished with beautiful premium details and exacting Jaguar craftsmanship.

I-PACE has a state-of-the-art 90 kWh lithium-ion battery and delivers a range of up to 470km (WLTP cycle). It is capable of charging from 0-80% in a maximum 72 minutes (60kW DC), or takes around 12 hours to achieve the same state of charge when using a domestic wallbox (7.4kW AC) – ideal for overnight home-charging.

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A suite of smart, range-optimising technologies also include a battery pre-conditioning system: when plugged in the I-PACE will automatically raise (or lower) the temperature of its battery to maximise range ahead of driving away.

The I-PACE has also earned a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. The body structure provides high levels of occupant protection, and is complemented by technologies designed to protect other road users and pedestrians, including a deployable bonnet and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

The I-PACE has received 62 awards since it was revealed little more than a year ago, including European Car of the Year, German, Norwegian and UK Car of the Year, BBC TopGear magazine EV of the Year, China Green Car of the Year, and Autobest’s ECOBEST Award.

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