Jaguar Rigorously Tested Its New I-Pace and Its All-Wheel Drive Performance in the Inhospitable Swedish Arctic
Arjeplog, Sweden. It’s a small town in northern Sweden where car manufacturers descend to subject their new models to extreme winter testing each year. This time around, it’s Jaguar’s turn, as they put the impending I-Pace through its paces. In temperatures as low as -40° C (-40° F), Jaguar can really give the Jaguar I-Pace it’s cold-weather kicking to see how it holds up. We recently tested the larger, gas-powered F-Pace here in Colorado, but how does its electric sibling hold up?
While we normally don’t see this testing going on, Jaguar took the opportunity to show us and one prospective Swedish customer what the car’s like on ice. In the video below, Tony Westerlund took the I-Pace out on a frozen lake at the “Ice Academy” in Arjeplog. He had some questions about the Jaguar I-Pace’s stability and traction in weather conditions. To sort out the answers, Jaguar’s engineers invited him to drive the car for the first time.
If you’re interested in taking part, Jaguar Land Rover’s Swedish Ice Academy is open to customers until mid-March. They’re welcoming around 350 customers to hone their ice driving skills in a range of JLR vehicles. There are three or four night packages available, but the price of entry is a bit steep: €2,990 per person ($3,722). That rules me out, but I can still dream!
Check out the video below to see how the I-Pace performs! And if you’re looking for more information on Jaguar’s first all-electric model, you’re in luck. Jaguar has confirmed that the I-Pace will charge from zero to 80 percent charge in less than 45 minutes on a 100kW DC fast-charger.
Jaguar Revealing New I-Pace on March 1
The Jaguar I-Pace will be revealed on March 1, and will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6. The 395 horsepower, 516 lb-ft torque crossover will be available in the second half of this year.
If you can’t wait for the I-Pace to make its official debut, don’t worry! We’re reviewing the all-new E-Pace very soon. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates. Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow on YouTube for more news, views, and real-world Jaguar reviews!
Video: Jaguar I-Pace Cold Weather Testing in Arjeplog