5. A driver’s Jaguar?
From the makers of the F-Type and F-Pace? What are the chances? Certainly Jaguar is not holding back, saying the I-Pace will set the class benchmark for an “unrivalled balance of ride, handling and refinement”. Chassis guru Mike Cross adds: “We will prove that a zero emission vehicle can be a true driver's car.”
The ingredients certainly come with form: the double wishbones front suspension is from the F-Type and the Integral Link rear end is from the XF and XE sedans. With the wheel-at-each corner layout and very low centre of gravity, Jaguar says agility will be set the I-Pace apart from all other electric vehicles.
Other driver goodies to look out for include a low “sports command” driving position, intuitive “flightdeck” controls, a configurable 12-inch HD virtual instrument cluster and a full-colour head-up display, and a new three-spoke steering wheel with multi-function capacitive switches that remain invisible until needed. We like the sound of the centre console “struts” which replace the normal gear shifter by having buttons for park, reverse and drive integrated into them. More tactile and intuitive, according to Jaguar.