The Jaguar I-Pace is World Car of the Year

The Jaguar I-Pace is World Car of the Year

The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace is not only a great steer, it has also just pulled off an historic feat by becoming the first vehicle in the 15-year history of the World auto Awards to win three categories, including the coveted overall World vehicle of the Year title.

The McLaren 720S was named the 2019 World Performance Car, the Audi A7 took home World Luxury Car honours and the Suzuki Jimny was declared World Urban Car.

The Jaguar I-Pace is Tesla's first challenger in the luxury electric vehicle segment and a charmer, says Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu.

In addition to the overall vehicle champion this year, the slick Audi A7 won the World Luxury auto of the year while the incredibly quick (while still a bit nerdy) McLaren 720S won the World Performance auto. Its combination of sports vehicle performance, zero emissions, exceptional refinement and true SUV practicality make I-PACE the stand-out choice in its segment.

"It is an honor that the Jaguar I-Pace has received such an accolade from the prestigious World Car jurors", said JLR CEO Ralf Speth. Last year's overall victor was the Volvo XC60, with the Jaguar F-Pace and Mazda MX-5 respectiely victorious in 2017 and 2016. "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.

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"Jaguar is at the forefront of innovation in the electric vehicle space and has successfully leveraged their expertise in Formula E racing as well as decades of premium vehicle design to produce this multi-award winning electric vehicle concept which has clearly resonated with hundreds of our New Zealanders customers".

"I'm very proud of my design team", said Callum.

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 handsome premium details and exacting Jaguar craftsmanship.

Designed from the outset as an electric vehicle, the aero-efficient I-Pace is powered by a pair of electric motors that deliver combined outputs of 294kW and 696Nm, while the 90kWh battery is said to offer a range of up to 470km between charges.

The I-Pace has also earned a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

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