Jaguar I-Pace gets five-star Euro NCAP safety rating

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 05 Dec 2018

The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, recognising it as one of the safest vehicles on the road. The company's first electric performance SUV scored 91 percent for adult occupant protection, 81 percent for child occupant protection and 81 percent for safety assist. 

The Jaguar I-Pace scored maximum points for both the side barrier impact and the more severe side pole test, with good protection of all critical body areas. This latest result translates to all the three members of Jaguar’s Pace SUV family, E-Pace, F-Pace and I-Pace, scoring the maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, which Jaguar says demonstrates its commitment to engineering some of the safest family cars. 

Interestingly, the I-Pace is the 10th consecutive model from Britain’s biggest vehicle manufacturer to receive the five-star safety rating.

Simon Black, senior project leader - Body Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The Jaguar I-Pace has already received awards for its design, performance and handling. This latest award from Euro NCAP confirms the I-Pace's exceptional safety standards. The SUV has been expertly engineered with a lightweight aluminium body structure and integrated battery pack to provide outstanding crash protection for occupants. Safety is our biggest priority and it is fantastic to see the Euro NCAP results reflect this.”

In terms of body structure, the I-Pace's lightweight aluminium body structure delivers inherently high levels of stiffness, and when combined with the integral battery pack – protected by a structural aluminium frame – is claimed to deliver the highest torsional rigidity of any Jaguar yet, at 36kNm per degree. The highlights of the body design include industry-first use of aluminium forgings, and Jaguar-first applications of post-form heat treatment to increase the strength of the aluminium alloys used in crash-critical areas.

The electric SUV also features advanced safety technologies to protect road users and pedestrians including a deployable bonnet and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection. Jaguar has also designed a unique Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) for its first electric vehicle that warns road users when the vehicle is approaching. The sound can be heard at speeds up to 20kph and exceeds the 56dB(A) minimum required by the forthcoming European legislation. The system was tested in conjunction with members of Guide Dogs for the Blind, a UK-based leading charity for people affected by sight loss.