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2021 Jaguar I-Pace: Facelifted electric SUV revealed

Faster charging and a faster infotainment system headline the changes to Jaguar's updated electric SUV. As for the body? It's still a genre-busting crossover with looks to die for.

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Scott Collie
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The genre-busting Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV has been given a nip-and-tuck just two years after launch.

A new infotainment system and faster home charging headline the updates, backed by minor changes to the exterior design.

Three-phase 11kW home fast charging has been enabled, meaning owners with a wall box at home can now charge from empty to full in 8.6 hours, while a single-phase 7kW wall box will give you a full battery in 12 hours and 45 minutes.

Jaguar hasn’t yet priced the faster wall box for Australia, but the existing 7.2kW charger costs $2280 including installation from JET Charge. Expect a slight price rise over that unit.

The update brings the home charge speed of the I-Pace into line with the Audi E-Tron Quattro, which has a starting price almost $20,000 higher than the Jaguar.

The car’s 90kWh lithium-ion battery can charge at up to 100kW using CCS Combo Type 2 charge plug. Range is a claimed 470km on the tougher WLTP test.

Faster charging is backed by a faster infotainment system: specifically, the Pivi Pro infotainment system debuted in the Land Rover Defender.

Although the I-Pace maintains its 12.3-inch instrument binnacle, 10.0-inch upper- and 5.0-inch lower touchscreens, Jaguar says the new infotainment setup is significantly faster than the Touch Pro Duo system it replaces.

It’s designed to be up and running before you’re in the driver’s seat, thanks in part to a dedicated backup battery.

With menus inspired by modern smartphones, there’s a greater focus on pinch-and-zoom gestures for navigation. A particular focus has been placed on intuitive interactions with the satellite navigation. If the system detects you’re driving through an area you frequent, it will stay quiet, for example.

A new surround-view camera has been added to the infotainment system, while wireless phone charging is now available as an option.

Also new is a camera-based rear-view mirror. If the boot is filled to the roof, the driver can flick the mirror into camera-based mode and enjoy an unimpeded view out the rear windscreen.

Finally, Jaguar has seized on the COVID-19 pandemic to launch an updated climate control system capable of filtering even PM2.5 ultra-fine particles from the cabin. Owners can use the car’s pre-conditioning system to purge the cabin of any toxins before they enter.

Externally, changes to the original I-Pace design are limited. A new grey finish for the grille is being offered, along with a Bright Pack that brings a chrome grille surround, satin chrome window trims, and grey highlights for the mirror caps and rear diffuser.

The 18-inch base alloy wheels have been replaced by 19-inch units, too.

Pricing for the I-Pace will start at $128,860 before on-road costs, and order books are open now.

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