Electric SUV to be officially unveiled later this year
A concept version of Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, the I-PACE, has appeared in a new video cruising around the streets of London’s Olympic Park.
Jaguar also reaffirmed details of the final production vehicle. The I-PACE will accelerate to 60 mph in around 4 seconds, and a 90kWh lithium-ion battery will offer a range of over 500km (based on NEDC cycle). It will also be capable of recharging to 80% in 90 minutes, using 50kW DC charging – although whether faster charging will be available through higher input stations is unclear.
Electric motors at the front and rear axles generate a combined output of 400PS and 700Nm of torque, with the all-weather benefits of all-wheel drive. The I-PACE will, it promises, also offer “the agility, ride comfort and refinement that will set it apart from all other electric vehicles: it will be a true Jaguar and a true drivers’ car.” The hype builds.
The company’s director of design, Ian Callum, also noted:
The feedback on the I-PACE Concept has been fantastic… We’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package. It has surprised people and the enthusiasm for our first electric vehicle has been beyond all my expectations. Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside and in the real-world. The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived.
Jaguar said the final SUV design will be revealed in late 2017 and will be on the road in the second half of 2018. However, with a raft of electric and hybrid SUVs set to hit the market, from Daimler, Volvo, Audi and others – not to mention the market-leading and already available Model X – the I-PACE will face stiff competition.