Jaguar I-Pace bags 2019 World Car of the Year Award

17th Apr 2019 8:02 pm

The I-Pace is the first model ever to win three World Car titles in the 15-year history of the World Car Awards.

The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV has just made history by becoming the first model ever to win three World Car titles in the 15-year history of the awards. This latest win for the I-Pace comes just weeks after it claimed the European Car of Year title, and affirms its status as the most desirable premium electric vehicle (EV) in the world.

The 2019 World Car Awards were held at the New York International Auto Show and was judged by a panel of 86 motoring journalists from 24 countries. The Jaguar I-Pace was presented with the 2019 World Car of the Year, the World Car Design of the Year and the World Green Car awards by the panel.  

Commenting on the latest award for the eco-friendly SUV, Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “It is an honour that the Jaguar I-Pace has received these three accolades from the prestigious World Car jurors. We started with an ideal, to move towards our Destination Zero vision – zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion. The I-Pace is our first step to achieving this, and it was conceived when EVs were little more than a niche choice. We started from a clean sheet of paper to create a new benchmark – the world's best premium electric vehicle, and a true Jaguar driver's car. For I-Pace to be awarded 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car gives our first all-electric vehicle the ultimate recognition it deserves. I would like to thank the team who have created I-Pace for their passion in making it so outstanding.”

Designed and developed in the UK, the I-Pace is attracting new customers to the Jaguar brand, for many of whom it will also be their first EV. To date, over 11,000 customers in more than 60 countries worldwide have taken delivery. Its combination of sports car performance, zero emissions, exceptional refinement and true SUV practicality make I-PACE the stand-out choice in its segment.

“Designing Jaguar cars is probably the best job in the world, and I can honestly say that no other project I’ve worked on has been as rewarding as I-Pace. Electric vehicles offer designers unprecedented freedom to rethink the proportions, the profile and the packaging, and it’s an opportunity that my team has exploited in full,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design.

The I-Pace’s dramatic, cab-forward profile, short overhangs and taut, muscular haunches give it a sense of drama which set it apart from other SUVs. The spacious interior – enabled by the bespoke electric vehicle architecture – is finished with beautiful premium details and exacting Jaguar craftsmanship.

The I-Pace has a 90kWh lithium-ion battery which delivers a range of up to 470km (WLTP cycle). It’s capable of charging from 0-80 percent in just 40 minutes (100kW DC), or takes just over ten hours to achieve the same state of charge when using a domestic wallbox (7kW AC) - ideal for overnight home-charging.

A suite of smart, range-optimising technologies also include a battery pre-conditioning system: when plugged in the I-PACE will automatically raise (or lower) the temperature of its battery to maximise range ahead of driving away.

The I-Pace has also earned a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. The body structure provides high levels of occupant protection, and is complemented by technologies designed to protect other road users and pedestrians, including a deployable bonnet and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection. The I-Pace has received 62 awards since it was revealed little more than a year ago.

Jaguar is expected to launch the I-Pace in India during the second half of 2020. This is in keeping with the brand's plan to introduce electrified versions of its entire portfolio by 2020.

Some of the other winners at the 2019 World Car Awards include the Suzuki Jimny, which beat the Hyundai Santro in World Urban Car category; the Audi A7 took the 2019 World Luxury Car title; and the World Performance Car category was won by the McLaren 720S. Also among this year’s extensive jury panel were Autocar India’s Hormazd Sorabjee and Renuka Kirpalani.

2019 World Car of the Year winners
CtegoryModel
World Car of the YearJaguar I-Pace
World Urban Car Suzuki Jimny
World Luxury Car Audi A7
World Performance CarMcLaren 720S
World Green Car Jaguar I-Pace
World Car Design of the YearJaguar I-Pace

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