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.


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.

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.

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik



Typically, the air intake is the largest decider in fording depth. What it the deciding factor for an electric? The exposed circuits themselves? Did they just draw a line and not waterproof anything above 20?