2021 Jaguar I-PACE update announced, now on sale in Australia

While the key German rivals are only just getting their first fully electric mid-size SUVs onto the market now, Jaguar is already applying a mild update for its I-PACE for the model year 2021.

The Jaguar I-PACE is the first premium electric mid-size SUV, aside from the Tesla Model X which is probably best categorised as a large SUV. It arrived in Australia early in 2019, beating the Audi e-tron, BMW iX3 and Mercedes-Benz EQC to the market by quite a bit.

For the MY2021, Jaguar is introducing a new infotainment system, updated charging capabilities, and packing the lush cabin with even more luxuries and convenience-focused technologies. The cabin ionisation system is also updated and includes a PM2.5 filter system that is able to capture finer particles and allergens.

Inside, front passengers are greeted with Jaguar’s new Pivi Pro multimedia system. The company promises smartphone-like user-friendliness, with faster and more responsive functionality. A revised EV navigation program can also show users if nearby charging stations are available.

Entertainment, vehicle, and climate settings are all embedded into two touch-screens that extend from the centre console up to the dash fascia. They measure 5.0 inches and 10 inches, with the lower screen controlled using haptic rotary dials. Jaguar says the system offers a faster start-up than before, and says the new system is supported by a built-in backup battery. A new 3D surround-view parking system is available.

Wireless phone charging is now available as an option as well. The charge pad sits beneath the floating centre console. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and two phones can be paired via Bluetooth simultaneously. Software-over-the-air (SOTA) functionality ensures the map data is always up to date.

As for the charging updates, the new I-PACE comes with an 11kW on-board charger as standard. This speeds up charging times by enabling users to recharge via a three-phase socket. Using the 11kW wall box, the system can provide up to 53km of range per hour of charge, or 8.6 hours to recharge from empty to full.

Alternatively, single-phase wall boxes can provide up to 35km of charge per hour, or a full charge from empty in 12.75 hours. A 50kW fast charger offers 63km of range per 15 minutes, and a 100kW charger can provide up to 127km of range per hour. The official full-charge range, according to the WLTP cycle, remains at 470km.

The system continues to consist of a 90kWh battery that provides power to two electric motors; one for the front axle and one for the rear. Maximum output is rated at 294kW and 696Nm, with 0-100km/h coming up in a claimed 4.8 seconds (we’ve previously tested 4.62 seconds).

In other areas, the updated model introduces some fresh 19-inch wheel options, Atlas Chrome trimmings, and a revised range of colour options. As before, the I-PACE is covered by an 8-year/60,000km battery warranty, as well as a five-year/200,000km vehicle warranty in Australia. Jaguar’s local arm confirms the update is available to order now. Prices start from AU$128,860 (excluding on-roads).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.