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2024 I-Pace Looks to Future as F-Type Nods at the Past


The Jaguar I-Pace EV has seen little noticeable change since its release in 2018. That’s about to change as the British automaker revealed a number of mid-cycle updates Wednesday for 2023.

The I-Pace’s front panel gets a revised appearance for 2024.

The company also revealed a new limited-edition Jaguar F-Type 75 and 75R meant to commemorate 75 years of Jaguar sports car production. The new limited-edition 2024 F-Type debuts just before the brand’s transition to an all-electric line-up in 2025.

None of the 2024 updates are dramatic, but they lend some freshness to a portfolio that has remained basically unchanged since the F-Type’s refresh in 2021.

Updated I-Pace design details

It’s easy to forget that the I-Pace was among the first EVs from a premium manufacturer on the market, and won the 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car awards.

While the 2024 I-Pace’s unique proportions mercifully remain unchanged, the EV does receive some modest styling updates, including a new model line-up, including the R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE and flagship 400 Sport, depending on market. 

Lower body design details are now body-colored, not black, to reduce visual mass.

Design updates include a new black and silver Jaguar emblem, the front grille panel eschews the gloss black lozenge pattern for a smoother finish that’s also used on the front air intake that’s finished in grey rather than black. Lower bodywork components, including the door sills and rear diffuser, are now body color to reduce visual mass. Window surrounds, door mirrors and rear badges are now finished in black. The standard wheels are now diamond turned, while the 22-inchers feature all-season rubber and are finished in grey with carbon fiber inserts. The panoramic roof can now be fully finished in black, as opposed to partial body color, while satin-finish paints are a new option. And all models now come with a tailgate spoiler.

That said, the U.S. market only saw the I-Pace in HSE trim in 2023, so it remains to be seen what the exact I-Pace stateside collection will be for 2024.

Power remains unchanged

The all-wheel-drive I-Pace is powered by an electric motor at each end that generate a combined 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. The I-Pace’s 90-kWh lithium ion battery pack is EPA-rated at 246 miles of driving range in current configuration; whether that changes with the updated model isn’t known.

The 2024 Jaguar F-Type 75 is available in exclusive Giola Green paint.

That’s enough to get the I-Pace from 0-to-60 mph in only 4.5 seconds. And with 100-kW DC charging capability, the I-Pace gains 78 miles of range in just 15 minutes. A 11-kW home charger will fully charge the vehicle in a little more than eight and a half hours, although both figures are based on European-standard WLTP standards, not the EPA.

The interior appears to carry over unchanged, with Jaguar’s Pivi Pro infotainment system that integrates wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, integrated Alexa voice control, Spotify, and what3words navigation.

“I-Pace has always offered a comprehensive package of performance, agility, technology and everyday usability that customers expect from a Jaguar,” said Nick Collins, executive director of Vehicle Programs. “Now, it’s our latest model to benefit from our approach of offering more curated, richer specifications.”

A nod to the past

Yet for certain Jaguar aficionados, the idea of an all-electric Jaguar is non-starter. For the traditionalist, Jaguar is offering the all-wheel-drive 2024 F-Type 75 and R 75 for the car’s final model year alongside the base rear-wheel-drive F-Type R-Dynamic.

The 2024 Jaguar F-Type 75 seating features unique stitching.

The number supposedly symbolizes 75 years of Jaguar sports cars, although the brand’s sports car heritage actually dates back farther. Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Co. in 1922, and by 1934, it was known as SS Cars Ltd.

The SS Jaguar 100 was introduced in 1936, with Jaguar becoming the corporate name after World War II, when SS had a far more sinister connotation. And certainly Jaguar built sports cars in the pre-war era, but aside from collectors, that marketing value is nil. So instead, the number celebrates the brand’s first postwar sports car, the celebrated XK-120. 

As you might expect, Jaguar will build 75 copies of the 2024 F-Type 75 and R 75 in coupe and convertible form, with a supercharged V-8 producing 450 hp in the former, and 575 hp in the latter.

Both 75 models receive badges on the front fenders and the interior while wearing gloss-black, diamond-turned wheels. Exclusive Giola Green paint is optional. Inside, the 75s receive a center console finished in engine-spun trim along with stainless-steel tread plates and a cabin finished in black. Performance slimline seats are standard, and are finished in Windsor leather with heating and cooling. Extended leather trim is optional, including headrests finished with a Jaguar Leaper or R motifs in the headrests. 

Mechanically, all 75s have unique rear knuckles composed of lightweight, rigid aluminum die castings and larger wheel bearings for greater precision and a more responsive steering feel. The R 75’s goes further, with increased camber and toe stiffness. Rear electronic active differentials are included in both 75 variants.

Deliveries begin in spring, with prices starting at $77,900 for the R-Dynamic.


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