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The Electric 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Can Wade Through 19 Inches Of Water, Which Is A Lot

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The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is a fairly practical hatchback disguised as an electric crossover, but it has one surprising feature that might be unexpected for a low vehicle powered purely by batteries—it can wade through 19 inches of water. Almost 20, in fact.

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As I sat there shifting on my feet at the launch presentation for the production I-Pace at Jaguar’s brand new headquarters (which was clearly not designed for presentations, considering we had to do it in the building’s cafeteria and didn’t have any seats) last week, I perked up a bit when Wolfgang Ziebart, Technical Design Director for Jaguar, amusedly announced the I-Pace has a wade depth of 500 millimeters, or 19.68 inches.

In a later interview from the show floor of the New York Auto Show, I asked Dr. Ziebart about it. He told me it was never a specific engineering objective, but since Jaguar and Land Rover share the same engineering team, it just sort of happened.

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To put those 19 inches into context, the Subaru Outback has a maximum wade depth of 18 inches, the Jeep Cherokee is 19 inches, the Jaguar F-Pace is 20.7 inches, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is 23.6 inches, and the Jeep Wrangler is 30 inches.

Considering the I-Pace rides much lower than the Cherokee and has the same wade depth, it would probably be pretty shocking to see one of these things pushing through over a foot-and-a-half of water.

So not only is the I-Pace a practical EV for those concerned with cutting off emissions, but it’s also preparing for climate change by being surprisingly capable for when the ocean levels drastically rise. I like engineering that’s looking ahead.

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What, exactly, is “wade depth” in terms of engineering.

Can you park the car in a 18" pond and come back to it a few days later and expect to drive home?

I expect the doors to have a seal lower than 18"....does this mean the doors have water tight seams up to 20"?

Did they seal the transmission and differentials/axles?

Did they seal the wire looms and grommets that lead into/out of the cabin? What about the other electrical connectors?

Like WTF are we supposed to know from this statement