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New crossover from Jaguar I-Pace is the first (North!) test-drive

Frozen hands pulled out of the socket the plug of the charger and for the first time Valya sideways. In an electric car. On ice. With the pedal to the floor. This Jaguar I-Pace, which comes out on the stage of mass production and will appear in Russia already this year.

When completely disabled the stabilization system I‑Pace can be maintained in a controlled drift indefinitely — at least, until the coating condition of tyres and battery.When completely disabled the stabilization system I‑Pace can be maintained in a controlled drift indefinitely — at least, until the coating condition of tyres and battery.

— How’s the Jag?

— As a cow on ice.

— Like who?!

I was sure that I would be kicked from behind the wheel. I’ve boldly (and arrogantly) did not apply to pre-production machines. But — to hell with the doubt! I Jaguar‑Pace coming out on the stage of mass production, and I have to deal with him here and now, the second “pre-production” is not a chance.

The giant, about two hundred meters in diameter, the ring is cleared on the ice of the polar lake, allows to bring down the whole hole. Narrowed the face of the Jaguar looks into the center of the circle, the wheel turned into the skid. And full of Elektrogaz!

Stabilization system is disabled. The speed in this sideways slide under a hundred.

Bench-press? Be a little. The wind picks up the snow dust, so I see shit. Thin wands of reeds separating the cleared white ring from the same white parapets are practically invisible. And I sit not on the left as it should be, and the right machine the most that neither is British. Snow breaker was shrouded in a sheet window on the right (with my!) side — and something visible only through the windshield.

Constructive suspension Ah-pace similar to the suspension of the crossover F‑Pace: double wishbone front and memorycache back. But if the F‑Pace is content with only the spring suspension, electrocreaser has pneumatic, with three levels of adjustment, including “off-road”. The compressor and receiver air suspension placed behind the rear seats. Front and back, and electric motors (similar in design but not identical), paired with single-stage gearboxes. Electric motors are very compact: 500 mm length and 234 mm in diameter. Each delivers 200 HP and 350 N·m. Constructive suspension Ah-pace similar to the suspension of the crossover F‑Pace: double wishbone front and memorycache back. But if the F‑Pace is content with only the spring suspension, electrocreaser has pneumatic, with three levels of adjustment, including “off-road”. The compressor and receiver air suspension placed behind the rear seats. Front and back, and electric motors (similar in design but not identical), paired with single-stage gearboxes. Electric motors are very compact: 500 mm length and 234 mm in diameter. Each delivers 200 HP and 350 N·m.

The irregularities I‑Pace slightly kicks, jumps. But holding on. And I hold. If you suddenly throttle or no time with the wheel, if you roll and are stuck in the parapet. And then certainly expel.

Not expelled. Perfect weight distribution (50:50), dense air suspension, well-tuned power-assisted steering (power assisted steering lent the production F‑Pace) and a low center of gravity work wonders: heavy I‑Pace (a little more than two tons) flexible, like a German shepherd.

Sitting to my left is the chief engineer Adam Brent didn’t say a word. Only when we got out of the car, with the satisfaction of exhaled:

— Confident control over the car.

Thank You.

The landfill has a heated climbs of different steepness on which to work out the start of the uphill and braking on the descent, when the wheels under some snow, and under other — almost dry pavement.The landfill has a heated climbs of different steepness on which to work out the start of the uphill and braking on the descent, when the wheels under some snow, and under other — almost dry pavement.

Hey, giddy up!

The British are not fools. Before trusting stray guest pre-production I‑Pace, which stands as the iron bridge, suggested warm — up- do not want, they say, to cut a dozen circles on other machines, while there is time? Wish.

Friend the production F‑Pace on the twisty road handling was not impressed. And all-wheel drive F‑Type with a menacing Paraguaya “eight” stariway. Controlled with a steering wheel, gas, brakes — do what you want. Higher speed and no errors. But it is a machine of school of Jaguar Experience, which come from around the world guarascio clients to practice. And the British did not just put the F‑Type into “my” Nokian Hakka 8, but additionally put in the front wheels several tens of spikes for “stick”. So go as in the exam — quickly and without errors.

During the break, drank a Cup of tea. It turns out that here in Arjeplog (Swedish is in the Arctic) not only improve driving skills but also the winter site of the company Jaguar Land Rover. Big lake missing every year on the ice clearing several trails under test different types of riding from December to March. This also invited a dozen journalists from around the world — the first to touch the I‑Pace in the real world.

Connector European standard CCS is on the left. It combobase: this also need to connect the adaptor from the household outlet. In some markets, other requirements, for example, for Japan on the left is CHAdeMO connector, and the right of “home.” From the charging station the battery must be charged within 45 minutes 90% of its capacity.Connector European standard CCS is on the left. It combobase: this also need to connect the adaptor from the household outlet. In some markets, other requirements, for example, for Japan on the left is CHAdeMO connector, and the right of “home.” From the charging station the battery must be charged within 45 minutes 90% of its capacity.

Go to the other side — on the field part. Hangar. Another hangar. Garage. Climbs of different steepness heated on which to work out the start of the uphill and braking on the descent, when the wheels under some snow, and under other — almost dry pavement.

Here and I‑Pace. Camouflaged, hanging snot icicles. Not an exhibition fight. The charging station is installed under a huge canopy snow are not recorded, and it is fine. All’s fair: charging at low temperatures. It’s minus fifteen. And a terrible wind. Fingers instantly numb, even with gloves fleece inside is not saved. Face expose to the wind.

Open the door (leaving the handle as Velare), and in the car — the heat! Because mode is activated pre-heat the passenger compartment during charging.

While charging the battery you can set the desired cooling or heating of the cabin, including heated exterior mirrors — to not to waste this precious energy from the battery.While charging the battery you can set the desired cooling or heating of the cabin, including heated exterior mirrors — to not to waste this precious energy from the battery.

When out on the road handling, Adam give me the wheel and I… went almost in a whisper. It turns out they are shod in all-season tires! After a furious spike “stick”, which pleased a coupe – like the cow on ice. A colleague who sat behind the wheel after me, I did not calculate with speed and put the car into the parapet so that I had to fit the Discovery with a rope. Pulled, tearing one of the plastic screens, which covered the bottom floor of the battery.

But on the wide ring is not so much “hook” as the overall balance of the chassis. And it correctly found the balance I‑Pace I was impressed. I cut the circles until, until depleted battery. But enough is enough.

On the ice, all-season tires Goodyear Eagle Sport akin to ice skating, but even on them I feel good I‑Pace thanks to well-tuned amplifier.On the ice, all-season tires Goodyear Eagle Sport akin to ice skating, but even on them I feel good I‑Pace thanks to well-tuned amplifier.

Where is the button?

I was driving around for about fifteen minutes, not more. So seriously talking about the electricity consumption, smooth running and other nuances can hardly. But some observations have.

Concept cars are always steeper than the production car, which hamstrings the technologists and financiers. The prose of life has passed and Ah-Pace. Originally the glass doors he was solid, now broken thin straps, why all the doors formed a triangular “window”: this is not the same, but the Windows are lowered completely. Just smoothed out some facets of the body. And externally, of course, not Jaguar. The wheelbase of three meters as the sedan XJ. And the length it as the F‑Pace. The cabin is shifted forward (the British call it a cab-forward), and stubby trunk like a knife cut. There is enough space at the front and rear, although I‑Pace is significantly below the typical crossovers. The floor is smooth. Landing behind the wheel almost a passenger.

The basis of electrocreaser — powerful aluminum box, which is enclosed lithium ion battery with a capacity of 90 kWh. Directly from this box to extend the spars, it grows up the pillars. The British claim that the box is so rigid that the electrical system is absolutely safe even in case of strong impact. The battery is never discharged below 20% of its ultimate capacity, and never charge more than 90% of capacity to prolong its life cycle. The British guarantee the normal operation of the battery, even after 1000 cycles of charge-discharge that allows you to meet strict U.S. standards, according to which after eight years of operation, battery capacity should be at least 70% of the original.The basis of electrocreaser — powerful aluminum box, which is enclosed lithium ion battery with a capacity of 90 kWh. Directly from this box to extend the spars, it grows up the pillars. The British claim that the box is so rigid that the electrical system is absolutely safe even in case of strong impact. The battery is never discharged below 20% of its ultimate capacity, and never charge more than 90% of capacity to prolong its life cycle. The British guarantee the normal operation of the battery, even after 1000 cycles of charge-discharge that allows you to meet strict U.S. standards, according to which after eight years of operation, battery capacity should be at least 70% of the original.

One of the most difficult tasks is the temperature control of the battery. It consists of 36 modules of 12 cells each. The temperature in all cells should be out within two or three degrees, not more. The higher the spread, the less the battery’s life cycle. The British used a liquid-air temperature control (cooling and heating battery), which uses the air from the air conditioning system. At the same time, the heat generated by the electric motors and inverter, can be used to heat the passenger compartment.One of the most difficult tasks is the temperature control of the battery. It consists of 36 modules of 12 cells each. The temperature in all cells should be out within two or three degrees, not more. The higher the spread, the less the battery’s life cycle. The British used a liquid-air temperature control (cooling and heating battery), which uses the air from the air conditioning system. At the same time, the heat generated by the electric motors and inverter, can be used to heat the passenger compartment.

The interior was quieter, although in the finish, there are polished aluminum, and leather and expensive plastic. Photograph is not given, I quietly lifted the masking fabric curtains, which pulled the entire interior, including door panels, so believe in the word.

The biggest disappointment — button “engine start”. Initially it would be placed on the lower hub of the steering wheel is at the intersection of the rim. So no one else did! But it’s not there — moved to the center console, for security reasons: so that during fast rotation of the steering wheel accidentally press. Sorry the idea.

The rest of I‑Pace has not fundamentally changed. Has not changed and the plans for Russia: we have I‑Pace will appear in the second half of the year and will be fifteen percent more expensive than the most powerful F‑Pace. So, about five and a half million rubles.

There were made around 200 prototypes for different tests — from crash tests to fine-tuning the handling. In particular, these machines are on the ground in the Swedish Arjeplog all winter riding in the tail and mane for the final calibrations of the ABS and stabilization system, as well as to control the operation of all systems in extremely low temperatures.There were made around 200 prototypes for different tests — from crash tests to fine-tuning the handling. In particular, these machines are on the ground in the Swedish Arjeplog all winter riding in the tail and mane for the final calibrations of the ABS and stabilization system, as well as to control the operation of all systems in extremely low temperatures.

As the present

Sitting in a tiny plane on the way back to Stockholm and thinking of the short little video recording today, I slapped myself on the forehead. There, on the ice when I pushed the pedal to the floor and enthusiastically led I‑Pace in a controlled slide, for a moment I completely forgot about the electric nature of the car! Whether the howling wind and the loud conversation of the tires with rough ice scored traditional electric silence. Whether the settings of the chassis was so successful, the “car”. Whether a little bit of everything, coupled with the warmth and patience of the British is completely disconnected me from reality. This has never experienced.

In my excitement I forgot about the electric nature of the machine: I-Pace flexible, like a German shepherd.In my excitement I forgot about the electric nature of the machine: I-Pace flexible, like a German shepherd.

I am a child of the twentieth century. Raised shot down while loosening the nuts with your hands and okleivayut gasoline from the hose when needed to pour from one canister to another. I have traveled to many electric cars, from expensive to downright cheap Chinese and even improvised — and never had any love for them. They all silently callous, and distant from the person with gasoline in the blood. In Arjeplog I went in full confidence that my coordinate system will withstand any shocks. And it was the first time she gave up.

New crossover from Jaguar I-Pace is the first (North!) test-drive

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New crossover from Jaguar I-Pace is the first (North!) test-drive

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