Jaguar has revealed its first ever purpose-built electric vehicle – the I-PACE concept car. Developed around an all-new electric architecture, the designers are pitching it as a “five seat sports car and a performance SUV in one”.
Sitting on 23-inch wheels, the design study is a production preview of the Jaguar I-PACE, which will be revealed next year and on the road in 2018.
The electric motors (positioned on the front and rear axles) and 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, all of which have been designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover, deliver a claimed combined output of 395 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque – the same torque rating as the F-TYPE SVR. Together with all-wheel drive, the car is said to accelerate from 0-60 mph in “around four seconds”.
In terms of range, Jaguar engineers say the I-PACE delivers over 311 miles on the NEDC cycle and, using 50 kW DC charging, achieves zero-to-full charging capability in over two hours, while 80 per cent charge capacity is reached in 90 minutes.
“I think what’s really great about this car is that we didn’t set ourselves any rules,” says Jaguar design boss, Ian Callum. “Don’t try and make it look like an F-TYPE or give it an E-Type boat tail because that’s nice to have. Just accept the fact that this is a whole new vehicle and takes Jaguar’s rules to a whole new level.”
The concept is set to make its first official public appearance at the LA Auto Show tomorrow.