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Jaguar has revealed an updated version of its I-Pace battery electric model for 2021, which will bring significant improvements to make the SUV more competitive with recently-launched rivals like the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-tron.
Headline features for the 2021 I-Pace include an all-new onboard AC charger for faster home and public terminal charge times, as well as a new multimedia system, updated camera suite, cabin air filtration system, and, importantly, more computer systems which can be updated over-the-air.
Aesthetically, the I-Pace also receives a minor nip and tuck, as well as slightly updated interior trim choices.
The 2021 I-Pace’s new 11kW on-board AC charger is a significant upgrade from the original car’s 7kW on-board system, which Jaguar says, at its max capacity, will add roughly 53 kilometres of range per hour (up from 35km per hour), for a total charge time of just 8.6 hours (down from 12.75 hours).
The new air filtration system is capable of removing “ultra-fine particles” from the air that enter the cabin, and the car can be set up via app or schedule to pre-purify the interior before a journey.
The 2021 I-Pace will have a new grille, as well as new colour choices and a ‘Bright Pack’ to further customise the appearance of their vehicle.
The new multimedia suite consists of a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a 10.0-inch touchscreen and 5.0-inch multi-function display, which will run a new operating system the brand claims is “85 per cent faster” than the outgoing multimedia suite. For the first time, the I-Pace will also offer wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as a wireless charging bay.
The brand has put a big focus on the updates the I-Pace will get over time via over-the-air software, much like its Tesla rival. The updated 2021 I-Pace will allow updates to more of its computer modules so that the brand can offer further improvements to the vehicle over time.
Jaguar also said that consumers have seen tangible updates to existing I-Pace models based on efficiency data it has gained from both its I-Pace e-Trophy racing series, and its Formula e race program. Improvements have included fine-tuning to the torque delivery of the all-wheel-drive system, and battery management systems to offer consumers a “roughly 20km” increase in range.
The 2021 I-Pace will also feature an updated in-built modem capable of supporting a 4G data connection (in Australia's case the data plan will need to be "customer-provided" rather than complimentary) for faster updates.
Jaguar says it will continue to update original I-Paces after the new version launches. The new version will continue to be all-wheel-drive only via dual electric motors with total outputs set at 294kW/696Nm, and will be equipped with the same 90kWh battery good for a claimed (WLTP) range of 470km.
The brand says learnings and updates from the I-Pace and its e-Trophy race series have also helped to shape its next full-electric vehicle, its XJ sedan flagship, which it says it will have more information on shortly.
The I-Pace is already available to order and is still offered in three grades, the base S, SE, and HSE.
Starting from $128,860, the base S includes 19-inch alloy wheels, ‘Touch Pro Duo’ multimedia suite with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and digital radio, full LED exterior lighting, powered tailgate, eight-way semi-power adjustable front seats, auto dimming rear vision mirror, dual-zone climate control with pre-conditioning feature, a digital dash cluster, keyless entry and push-start ignition, tyre pressure monitoring system and a Meridian audio system.
Next up, the $138,460 SE adds 20-inch wheels, 12-way power adjustable front seats, ‘premium’ LED headlights, heated and power-folding wing mirrors, as well as ebony grained leather sports seats.
The top-spec $152,060 HSE adds ‘Matrix’ LED headlights, animated indicators, gesture control tailgate, a different set of 20-inch alloy wheels, 16-way power adjustable heated and cooled electric front seats, heated rear seats, Windsor leather seat trim with ebony interior, Meridian 3D surround sound system, and a holographic head-up display.
Most specific items can be fitted to any grade at a price, and there are many further optional interior and exterior trim items beyond what comes standard on each grade. The new three-phase 11kW public charging cable is a $425 option on all grades. As is the electronic air suspension package ($2002) and matching ‘Adaptive Dynamics’ pack ($2405).
All I-Paces now get the full advanced driver safety suite as standard, including auto emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, driver attention alert, traffic sign recognition, and a top-down ‘3D Surround’ parking camera.