The 2021 Jaguar I-PACE is on the way, with upgraded charging, the Pivi-Pro media system and over-the-air software updates.
Jaguar’s all-electric I-PACE was a bit of a revelation when it came out. The British manufacturer went nuts, beating the Germans to the punch and delivering the first long range EV from a premium brand.
For 2021 the car scores a number of useful improvements while still clobbering the Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC on price.
How much is a 2021 Jaguar I-PACE and what do I get?
$128,860 + ORC
You get a lot of stuff, but there are a couple of important changes.
The I-PACE now comes with an 11kW on-board charger. If you have a wallbox, that means charging time improves to 53km per charge hour (WLTP), up from the 35km you get from the 7kW charge.
You do need three-phase power for the 11kW, but charge from dead falls to 8.6 hours from 12.75.
A 50kW charge station will also deliver 63km per 15 minutes of charge and 100kW chargers deliver 127km in 15 minutes.
The cabin scores air-ionisation with PM2.5 filtration. After last year’s disastrous fires on the East Coast, this is the sort of thing people are thinking about.
Except VW dealers, who when they serviced my Up (RIP), didn’t put a new cabin filter in. Thanks guys.
The 2021 I-PACE also has a wider choice of colours and a new Bright Pack.
Pivi Pro media system
The 2021 Jaguar I-PACE scores the new Pivi Pro system first seen in the sister-brand Land Rover Defender. Well, I say seen, those cars aren’t here yet…
They system runs on the central 10-inch touchscreen. Pivi Pro replaces the old InTouch system which had gotten quite good by the end.
The new system is said to have flat a menu structure and behave more like a smartphone, which is good.
The system can also support two bluetooth a connections as well as wireless Spotify but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto still want a cable from what I can tell. It also wakes up more quickly when you get in, something InTouch wasn’t very good at.
The new optional wireless charging pad under the console also features a signal booster, which is kind of cool.
And lastly, Pivi’s sat nav should be helpful in finding you a charge station and navigating you to your destination with that in mind.
Pivi also supports ClearSight around-view cameras which I found so useful in the Land Rover Evoque.
You can order the 2021 Jaguar I-PACE now and enjoy the electric performance (no, really, it’s good) later in the year.
Peter Anderson is the Editor and founder of the theredline.com.au. He’s been writing about cars for years and finds it difficult to talk about anything else.