Jaguar‘s latest concept, which looks set to preview the look and underlying technology behind its next new product – an SUV that sits below the F-Pace – has created something of a media storm at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The I-Pace’s arrival, which coincides with the recent news that parent company Tata is now running at a profit bodes well for Jaguar’s future prosperity.
Although it’s a radical departure for the company, the I-Pace is bang on the money with where buyers are going – SUVs and crossover sales are booming globally and battery-powered cars are becoming increasingly practical for a larger number of buyers. As for styling, the two-box layout, with its swooping haunches has met with almost universal praise.
What for the future?
AROnline readers seem to love it, too – something that doesn’t always happen with new-generation Jaguars. ‘Tony’, an Automotive Industry Engineer’s response is typical. ‘Great looking car and some good engineering and packaging work going on underneath, too. Electric cars are our immediate to medium term mobility solution whether we like it or not and at least this one looks good,’ he says.
The name of the production version of the I-Pace is yet to surface but, logically, it’s looking good for an E-Pace moniker if that’s not reserved for something smaller and more conventional. Given the car’s radical underpinnings, it’s unlikely that we’ll see a conventional petrol, diesel or hybrid version, without it looking much different to the concept.
Expect an early reveal of the production version late in 2017, with sales the following year. Prices of the I-Pace are expected to start at £65,000 in today’s money.
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