This is the all new Jaguar I-Pace concept, the company’s first all electric vehicle. A gorgeous low SUV that reminds us why Jaguar has some of the best designs in the market right now.
The Jaguar I-Pace concept was unveiled today at the Jaguar event ahead of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show debut with special virtual reality goggles and a turntable. Chief design director ‘Ian Callum’ was the one to unveil the I-Pace for journalist and give them an actual look into Jaguars first all-electric car.
He explained that this was a project he had been longing for in a while, and once the opportunity came to design a sporty little SUV with an electric power-train, he jumped on board. The best thing about not having to deal with an engine, is the ability to increase the muscular lines once restricted by a huge engine in the car.
Both the front end and the rear are compact thanks to the packaging placement of the battery packs placed under the floor of the SUV. Although the Jaguar I-Pace doesn’t look like a fully fledged SUV, the company still labels it as one. You can compare it to a Mercedes-Benz GLA or an Infiniti QX30 in size.
Space in addition to zero-emissions is key here. And the Jaguar I-Pace gives you the airy feeling with its design language that focuses on passengers comfort. The legroom is really good too, Jaguar says it should rival midsize glass vehicles currently in the market and cargo space is also class-leading.
The Jaguar I-Pace is powered by two electric motors placed at each axle of the car, producing a total of 400-hp and an insane 700 NM of torque. The car receives all-wheel-drive and a 90KW lithium-ion battery which results in a (310-mils) 500-km range on a single charge. This is the norm in current electric vehicles in the market like the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt.
Speaking of the Tesla Model 3, Jaguar has also took note of how Elon Musk created enough capital to produce the Model 3 by opening early reservations for $1,000 a pop. Jaguar does the same by offering customers the ability to reserve a production version of the Jaguar I-Pace on their website for $1,000. They would still have to wait for 2 years until they get their Electric SUV.