If you’re interested in high-end electrical cars, prepare yourself to add another non-Tesla brand to the list: Jaguar. The car manufacturer has revealed the all-new I-Pace, an electric SUV– or hatchback, offered its low-slung appearance– that made its rounds at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. The I-Pace is technically still a principle, however Jaguar states it’s production-intent for U.S. car dealerships in the second half of 2018 as a 2019 model. That’s coming from a brand name whose C-X16 and C-X17 concepts later on ended up being (respectively) the F-Type roadster and F-Pace SUV, so whatever the I-Pace becomes, the apple shouldn’t fall far from the tree.
It’s a svelte apple at that. The iPace– er, I-Pace– is a low-slung SUV, complete with short overhangs and extra-large, fender-hugging wheels. The C-pillars frame a back window that’s sloped enough to deal with a sedan. The door handles sit curiously low, aligned with the top of the front wheel well. The nose and tail tread familiar Jaguar territory (think F-Pace), but that’s a good idea, as the brand name is on a styling roll these days. Missing the garish features and not practical proportions that often identify pure concept cars, the I-Pace looks near-production all set. Minus the huge wheels and small mirrors, this could mostly become exactly what you see at dealers in 2018. Jaguar says a production variation will debut in late 2017, so remain tuned.
Things get a bit more conceptual inside, where the I-Pace has a highway overpass of a center control board that towers above the rest of the console. Somewhere else are lots of overlapping panels and interesting-looking textures, with high-res display screens for the gauge, multimedia and environment readouts. The cabin seats 5, with futuristic chairs that look like something from the Enterprise from “Star Trek”– though the tall supports would trigger suitable for Riker. It’s anybody’s guess just how much of this makes it to the production car.
The I-Pace uses a 90-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the same capability as Tesla’s ludicrously fast Model S P90D (now the P100D). Jaguar touts substantial performance: With electric motors owning both axles, the I-Pace makes a combined 400 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque– adequate to hit 60 miles per hour in a lickety-split 4 seconds or two, which is about as quick as an F-Type R with its supercharged V-8. The brand name targets approximately 220 miles of variety in EPA test cycles, a figure only Tesla and the Chevrolet Bolt can exceed. The I-Pace accepts DC fast charging, and Jaguar says it can hit 80 percent of its charge in 90 minutes.
An expose is scheduled for late 2017. The vehicle will go on sale in the 2nd half of 2018, suggesting it will arrive in display rooms as a 2019 model.