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Electric cars are the way forward, and we’re slowly moving closer towards that future. The pace might seem questionable, but it’s happening nevertheless. After Mercedes-Benz, it’s now Jaguar that has officially launched a battery electric vehicle (BEV) in India. Currently, the Jaguar I-Pace EV is a direct rival to the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400.

The I-Pace has a length of 4682 mm, a width of 2139 mm, a height of 1558 mm when it’s set on the highest spring setting. It might not necessarily seem like a proper SUV, but it has a fairly long wheelbase of 2990 mm, which is considerably higher than the EQC. That makes the cabin more spacious. Call it whatever you like, Jaguar’s design team were quite thoughtful in its design.

In person, the I-Pace looks so much better. Up front, it features a typical Jaguar grille with a sloping roofline that neatly integrates with the roof spoiler and has a slightly squared-off hump along with a boot lid spoiler. The flush door handles are again typical from the house of Jaguar and Land Rover. Also, the I-Pace will be available in three trims: S, SE and HSE. On the base variant, the S trim gets decent 18-inch alloys. Of course, there are always optional 20-inch and 22-inch alloys available, too. The electronic air suspension is an optional feature, which does help in increasing its ride height up to 230 mm. There’s not much that separates the S from the HSE variant apart from the wheels and the various optional exterior packs that are on offer, which include Carbon Fibre Exterior Pack, Black Exterior Pack and Bright Exterior Pack.

Inside, there are two standard PIVI Pro touchscreens that offer plenty of information on the go. At the top, there lies a 10-inch infotainment display and below it is a 5.0-inch touchscreen display. The rotary knob for climate control is always a good sight, of course. For the driver, there are typical buttons to toggle to engage Park, Neutral, Drive and Reverse. Bang opposite to these lie the controls for ride height, drive modes, and traction control. The fixed panoramic sunroof will always ensure there’s plenty of light entering the cabin.

The Jaguar I-Pace has a 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery sending power to two electric motors for a combined output of 394 bhp and 70.97 kgm of torque. As far as range is concerned, the I-Pace has a 480 km range. And using a 100 kW DC fast charger, it can charge from 0 to 80 percent in 40 minutes. The same amount of charge from a 7 kW AC wall box will take about 10 hours. Thanks to Jaguar’s partnership with Tata Power India, customers will be provided with Home/Office charging solutions, and they can also access the ‘EZ Charge’ EV charging network set up by Tata Power. Well, it’s just the beginning and already there are 200+ charging points across 23+ cities with more in the pipeline.

Now, it wouldn’t be fair to the I-Pace’s name if it wasn’t quick, but thankfully it accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 4.8 seconds. In addition to all of this, the I-Pace will come with an 8 year/160000 km warranty on its battery pack. Moreover, I-Pace owners will have extra benefits in addition to the aforementioned warranty. For instance, they will get a service package good for 5 years, roadside assistance and a 7.4 kW AC wall-mounted charger, too. With all this in tow, the Jaguar I-Pace is priced at Rs 1.05 crore, ex-showroom.