Say hello to the new Jaguar I-Pace, revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show. The concept not only underlines the JLR’s commitment to battery drivetrains for its future models, but also previews the styling for its next crossover, as well as further iterations of the X760 platform.
Strip away the motor show hype, and here’s a car that promises to be a game changer for Jaguar, which will slot in the range below the F-Pace. It’s an all-new battery-electric SUV, and will go head to head with Tesla’s forthcoming Model X. It’ll be fast, silent, and looks – from these images – close to production ready in terms of design.
The styling incorporates all the styling cues introduced with the Jaguar XE and XF, so it retains a low and sporting look, despite having a roomy interior. It also gains distinct haunches – a core part of Jaguar’s styling DNA – which make it far more visually appealing than the car’s potential opposition. Its two-box shape also gives clues to any future entry-level Jaguars, which may be introduced to fight the BMW 1-series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
This clever packaging been achieved by strategic positioning of its motors and battery packs. It makes use of JLR’s aluminium platform and houses two electric motors. Power for the I-Pace is provided by two synchronous permanent magnet electric motors, which are integrated into the front and rear axles, and paired with a high-efficiency infinitely variable transmission system.
With that, you get four-wheel drive, maximum torque from zero revs and variable and rapid torque distribution between the two axles. Each motor produces around 200bhp, meaning the I-Pace Concept has sports car power allied with its 516lb ft of maximum torque. Given that Tesla has redefined the expectations of battery-powered car drivers, we’re expecting it to be effortlessly fast. Jaguar’s claimed 0-60mph time of 4.0 seconds tells only part of the story – it’s the real-world range of around 300 miles that really excites.
Jaguar has yet to announce when the production version of the I-Pace will hit the showroom, but informed speculation suggests that the car will be shown in production form at the end of 2017, before going on sale in 2018. It will be priced above the F-Pace, taking into account its higher specification, starting at around £65,000.