The Jaguar I-Pace is the 2019 World Car of the Year. And not only that, it is the winner of three award categories - the overall 2019 World Car of the Year, the 2019 World Green Car, and the 2019 World Car Design of the Year.
This is the first time in the World Car Awards’ 15-year history that one vehicle has achieved a win across three categories. It is the second time in 15 years that one company has achieved a triple-win. Mercedes-Benz previously attained this honour in 2015.
Jaguar Land Rover has done well in the World Car Design of the Year category. 2019 marks the third consecutive design win for the company and the fifth time overall having won the World Car Design of the Year award - in 2018 with the Range Rover Velar, 2017 it was the Jaguar F-PACE, 2012 the Range Rover Evoque, and in 2013 the Jaguar F-Type. No other car manufacturer has achieved this number of design wins in its 15 year history.
Prof Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover, described the victories as an honour.
“We started with an idea to move towards our destination sero vision; zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion. I-Pace is our first step to achieving this, and it was conceived when EVs were little more than a niche choice.
“So 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 which has created I-Pace for its passion in making it so outstanding.”
Designed and developed in the UK, the zero-emissions I-Pace is attracting customers worldwide, and for many it will be their first electric vehicle and their first Jaguar. To date, some 11,000 customers in more than 60 countries have taken delivery of an I-Pace. The balance of sports car performance, exceptional refinement, and true SUV practicality, makes I-Pace the stand-out choice in its segment.
The I-Pace’s dramatic, cab-forward profile, short overhangs and taut muscular haunches, give it a sense of drama which sets it apart from other SUVs. The spacious interior is finished with premium details and Jaguar craftsmanship.
I-Pace has a state-of-the-art 90kWh lithium-ion battery and delivers a range of up to 292 miles (WLTP cycle ). It is capable of charging from zero to 80 per cent in 40 minutes (100kW DC ), or takes just over 10 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 which 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 five-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 Jaguar I-Pace was chosen from an initial entry list of 40 vehicles in the World Car of the Year award category. The 2019 top three world finalists for the category were the Audi e-tron, the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Volvo S60/V60.
To be eligible for the 2019 World Green Car award, a vehicle had to employ some significant form of advanced technology specifically to enhance its environmental responsibility, be produced in volumes of at least 1,000 units/year, and be on-sale on at least one continent prior to May 31, 2019.