Future of the Jaguar I-Pace secure under Reimagine strategy – Report

Amidst the product cancellations at Jaguar Land Rover since the implementation of the Reimagine strategy in early 2021, at least the Jaguar I-Pace’s future is secure. A report from Autocar says that the I-Pace will “survive Jaguar’s reinvention,” suggesting that a full model change is certain and that a second-gen I-Pace is on the horizon.

The Jaguar I-Pace debuted in March 2018, and last June, it received minor updates for MY2021. However, a proper facelift is probably more than a year away, while the second-generation i-Pace’s release would be further afield, in the middle of the decade.

The Tesla Model Y rival has faster home charging now, thanks to a new, 11 kW on-board charger. The charger allows charging using an AC domestic wall box (three-phase) to charge at an increased rate of 33 miles (WLTP) per hour. A full charge now takes only 8.6 hours, which is ideal for overnight charging at home.

Jaguar I-Pace profile
The second-generation Jaguar i-Pace would have different proportions from the current model (pictured) as Jaguar wants “jaw-dropping” designs in the new dawn. Image: Jaguar

In some markets, the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace is available in a cheaper EV320 variant that returns the same range but is slower due to lower outputs. The EV320’s motor generates 236 kW (316 hp) and 500 Nm (369 Lb.-Ft.) of torque. It takes 6.4 seconds to accelerate from 0-62 mph and it can achieve a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph).

Also new in the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace are Pivi Pro infotainment system, 360-degree camera, ClearSight digital IRVM, wireless smartphone charging including cellular network booster, updated 12.3-inch HD instrument cluster with completely revised graphics, and improved cabin air ionization with PM2.5 filtration.

Given the significant updates brought to the original Jaguar I-Pace for MY2021, a Jaguar I-Pace facelift may be due as an MY2023 model in late 2022 or early 2023.

Jaguar I-Pace sales & future

The Jaguar I-Pace is not very popular in the market compared to the Tesla Model Y which is in a position to become the world’s best-selling car in 2-3 years. The last time JLR released the sales figure of the I-Pace was on January 11, 2021, when it said that deliveries grew by 69.3% year-on-year to 7,807 units in Q4 2020. During the same period, Tesla sold 161,650 units of the Model 3 and Model Y combined, and it is safe to assume that a sizable portion of that figure came from the SUV.

With the Reimagine strategy in place, Jaguar will undergo “a renaissance” by the middle of the decade to become an all-electric luxury brand, JLR said in an announcement on February 15, 2021. Future Jaguars will have more dramatic designs with innovative silhouettes. The company wants to have a clear distinction between the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. From here on, it may make only low-slung Jaguars – no high-riding SUVs. All future Jaguar models will sit on a bespoke EV platform, which could come from another brand. The company has confirmed Solihull, West Midlands (UK) as the home for the future platform.

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