The Jaguar I-Pace, JLR’s Tesla Model X rival and confirmed for introduction in production form late in 2017, enjoyed its first public showing in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show. To celebrate its coming across the pond from the USA, it’s been resprayed a strident shade of red and was given centre-stage billing alongside the Range Rover Velar.
The I-Pace is hugely important for Jaguar, as it’s the company’s first fully electric vehicle. Dual compact motors at each axle drive all four wheels, powered by a liquid-cooled, 90 kilowatt-hour battery pack which can be charged via 50kW DC charging station in just over two hours.
Grace, pace and space
With around 400hp at the wheels, Jaguar says its £65k battery-powered SUV should hit 0-60mph in less than five seconds. Despite its pace, the I-Pace’s range should be around 310 miles between charge stops. The biggest news, though, is just how quickly the company plans to get it from the drawing board and into production.
Given the shifting political sands in relation with the car industry and vehicle emissions, it’s hugely important for Jaguar to get this one out – the success of the Tesla Model X is probably also a contributing factor to this car’s accelerated development. Be in no doubt – this is Jaguar’s future, and the 350 people who have put down deposits on this £65k+ car would seem to agree.
All photography, Andrew Elphick