For some reason, there’s been a whole lot of interest around the I-PACE. Can Jaguar New Zealand do well with the I-PACE, with the range kicking off at $159,900?

Launching in April 2019, the I-PACE is the first all-electric Jaguar. Jaguar NZ general manager Steve Kenchington says the I-PACE will offer motorists an exceptional driving experience with best-in-class battery range and acceleration. “The I-PACE’s 90kWh lithium ion battery delivers a range of up to 470km for a single charge – the equivalent of more than 14 days travel for the average Kiwi motorist driving 12,000km per annum.

“At the same time, the onboard powertrain provides 400PS and 696Nm of usable instant torque and with All Wheel Drive as standard, the I-PACE can reach 100kmph in just 4.8 seconds,” he says.

Kenchington says local prelaunch demand has been exceptionally strong with dozens of customers purchasing a vehicle based only on reviews of the model and the enduring respect for the brand in this market.

“With numerous industry accolades from around the world since it launched earlier this year, the I-PACE has already exceeded expectations globally.

“At the same time more than 50 deposits have been received from around the country, months before pricing details became available for this market. The Jaguar brand has a particularly loyal following in New Zealand and the trust in that brand has seen a large number of customers show their support for this evolutionary new model,” he says.

Kenchington says the international interest in this model has led to supply constraints and customers are advised to register their interest with their local dealers as limited stock will be available in the coming year.

He says that retailers will now be using virtual reality to help demonstrate the vehicle to customers wanting to purchase before the first shipment arrives here.

“From this month, dealers will also use an augmented reality app to help give prospective customers a sense of the vehicle’s dimensions and style.

“We also expect this sales figure to lift significantly once the first demonstrator models arrive in January,” he says.

The Jaguar I-PACE will retail from $159,900 for the S model, with an SE model from $169,900.

The HSE model which includes 20” alloys, matrix headlights and daytime running lamp, gesture tailgate, windsor leather seats (18-way), 825W Meridian surround sound, surround camera and adaptive cruise control with steer assist will start at $179,900.

The Jaguar I-PACE uses Artificial Intelligence algorithms to customise the vehicle’s interior and driving settings to each driver. The SUV is also able to calculate charging status and range, taking into account changing climate conditions and topography amongst other driver inputs.

The new model also comes with a five year, free service plan which ensures all work on the vehicle is carried out by Jaguar Trained Technicians, using Genuine Jaguar Parts. The I-PACE’s battery warranty will extend for eight years or 160,000kms and warranties are transferable if the vehicle is sold.

Kenchington says the I-PACE will be on display for the first time in NZ at the ASB Classic in December where Kiwis will be able to get inside the new model.

“Our partnership with ASB Classic will provide us with the perfect opportunity to showcase the new I-PACE, we will have expert staff on hand to answer questions and give customers a first opportunity see this exciting addition to the Jaguar range”, he says.

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