Los Angeles 2016: Jaguar reveals I-Pace electric SUV

Los Angeles 2016: Jaguar reveals I-Pace electric SUV

Jaguar revealed the I-Pace SUV concept, its first-ever all-electric car. The  concept is claimed to cover 500 km in 1 charging, per New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) fuel economy tests.

The I-Pace concept takes full advantage of the packaging freedom offered by electrification through the combination of long hood and short overhangs in a 5-seater SUV – hence, the Jaguar C-X75 supercar-inspired cab-forward design.

Yet, more than its appearance, the concept electric SUV is all about what's under the hood. The car is fitted with a 90-kWh battery, the same size found in Tesla's Model X 90D. Meanwhile, each of the two permanent magnet electric motor with synchronous Single-speed epicyclic transmission beneath its bonnet generates 200 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Overall, these motors will power the car's all-wheel-drive capability with 400 hp and 700 Nm of torque.

Outside, the Jaguar I-Pace features a C-X75-derived hood scoop distinctly crafted on its bonnet. This is complemented by the slimline full LED headlights with the signature Double-J daytime running lights and broad grille with hexagonal grid. On its rear, the steeply sloped window contributes to the vehicle's aerodynamic capabilities, as well as the slender composite spoiler integrated with a stop lamp. 

On the other hand, the I-Pace concept sports a double wishbone front and integral link rear design suspension. This type of suspension technology is used in the Jaguar XE and F-Pace. Also, mounted on it is a 23-inch Nighthawk wheels in Technical Grey with gloss black inserts and a diamond-turned finish.

Interior-wise, the I-Pace's cab-forward layout and electric powertrain results to a 4,680 mm interior space by adjusting the front seats further forward. Moreover, the low-positioned, burl wood instrument panel, long center console, minimalist switchgear, and the flat floor adds extra space.

Of note, the vehicle also features a 12-inch hi-res Interactive Driver screen, which replaces the conventional dials. In addition, the concept car offers 530 L in luggage area with additional space in the front storage area. 

Topping these array of details is the full-length panoramic glass roof, which extends from the steeply-sloped windshield. This gives natural lighting inside the vehicle at day, while the LEDs embedded in it illuminate the distinctly patterned glass. 

More so, the interior is finished with Windsor leather covers for front seats, which was laser-cut with the signature Jaguar lozenge motif. The seats' back, meanwhile, features a Moonstone Alcantara finish. 

Jaguar's Director of Design Ian Callum stressed that the car isn't just a concept, though. It’s a preview of a 5-seater production car that will be out on the road in 2018. 

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