JAGUAR I-PACE WINS UNPRECEDENTED TRIFECTA AT 2019 WORLD CAR AWARDS
The I-PACE is the first model ever to win three World Car titles in the 15-year history of the awards.
This latest win for the I-PACE, awarded at the 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 the Year title, affirming its status as the most desirable premium electric vehicle (EV) in the world.
Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “It is an honor that the Jaguar I-PACE has received these three accolades from the prestigious World Car jurors.
“We started with an ideal, to move toward our Destination Zero vision; zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion. The I-PACE is our first step to achieving this, and it was conceived when EVs were little more than a niche choice,” Speth said.
“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,” Speth said.
“For the I-PACE to be awarded 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car gives our first all-electric vehicle the ultimate recognition it deserves. I would like to thank the team who have created the I-PACE for their passion in making it so outstanding,” Speth said.
Designed and developed in the UK, the I-PACE is attracting new customers to the Jaguar brand, and for many, it will also be their first EV. To date, over 11,0001 customers in more than 60 countries worldwide have taken delivery. Its combination of sports car performance, zero emissions, exceptional refinement and true SUV practicality makes the I-PACE the standout choice in its segment.
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, who was in New York to accept the awards, said: “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 the I-PACE. Electric vehicles offer designers unprecedented freedom to rethink the proportions, the profile and the packaging, and it’s an opportunity that 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,” Callum said.
The Jaguar I-PACE midsize performance SUV is the first battery electric vehicle to be offered by the Jaguar brand. The vehicle’s bold proportions are a direct result of the advanced electric drivetrain and architecture that underpin the vehicle. The cab-forward profile of the I-PACE is a natural progression of the well-established design language of the Jaguar brand, and the vehicle retains key characteristics that make it immediately identifiable as the newest member of the Jaguar brand’s expanding ‘PACE’ family. The spacious interior—enabled by the bespoke electric vehicle architecture—is finished with beautiful premium details and exacting Jaguar craftsmanship.
The I-PACE illustrates the Jaguar brand’s dedication to technological advancement. It was the first Jaguar vehicle to incorporate the intuitive Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro Duo™ infotainment system (now also offered in the 2020 XE sports sedan). Touch Pro Duo uses an innovative combination of touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls to operate key functions while reducing visual clutter within the cabin3. This new human-machine interface (HMI) design features two touchscreens on the center console. Designed to reduce driver distraction, it separates information and interactive controls logically, while rotary controllers provide an essential physical connection between car and driver3.
The I-PACE features a 90 kWh battery powering two Jaguar-designed electric motors—one on the front axle and one on the rear axle. The vehicle delivers an EPA-estimated range of up to 234 miles4 and 0-60 mph acceleration in as little as 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 124 mph5.
The I-PACE has received 62 awards since it was revealed a 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.
The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE is currently on sale in the U.S. priced from $69,5002 and can be configured at www.jaguarusa.com.
1 Sales figure correct up to March 31, 2019.
2 Price shown is Base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes $1,275 destination/handling charge, tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Total Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price includes destination/handling charge noted above and may include optional equipment but excludes tax, title, license and retailer fees, all due at signing. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for details.
3 Do not use Jaguar InControl® features under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control.
4 2019 Jaguar I-PACE. EPA estimated all-electric range is 234 miles with fully charged battery and 80 city, 72 highway, and 76 combined MPGe. MPGe is the EPA-equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation. All figures are EPA estimates. Actual range and mileage will vary with driving conditions and style, and other factors.
5 Always follow local speed limits.