Jaguar recently offered a first look at its I-PACE electric SUV concept in an online virtual reality event ahead of the car’s debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The production version of the I-PACE will be revealed next year, and is scheduled to be on the road in 2018.
The I-PACE, which Jaguar calls a five-seat sports car and a performance SUV in one, has electric motors on the front and rear axles. Combined output is 400 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque – the same torque rating as the F-Type SVR. The motors and 90 kWh battery pack were designed in-house by Jaguar. The concept features 50 kW DC fast charging capability, and has an EPA-estimated 220 miles of range.
“Electric motors provide immediate response with no lag, no gearshifts and no interruptions,” said Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director. “Their superior torque delivery compared to internal combustion engines transforms the driving experience. With 516 lb-ft of torque and the traction benefits of all-wheel drive, the I-PACE Concept accelerates from 0-60 mph in around four seconds.”
“This is an uncompromised electric vehicle designed from a clean sheet of paper: we’ve developed a new architecture and selected only the best technology available,” said Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, Technical Design Director. “The I-PACE Concept fully exploits the potential EVs can offer in space utilization, driving pleasure and performance.”