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Jaguar pulls covers off electric I-Pace Concept

Tuesday 15 November 2016, By Autovolo

Jaguar pulls covers off electric I-Pace Concept

Jaguar pulls covers off electric I-Pace Concept

Jaguar has revealed its new I-Pace Concept SUV, providing a glimpse at what the manufacturer’s first electric vehicle will look like.

The I-Pace is being being pitched as an electric performance SUV, that mixes the outline of a supercar, sports car driving characteristics and SUV levels of practicality.

Jaguar claims it has an all-electric range of 310 miles on a single charge (on the EU NEDC charge cycle). Because of this, Jaguar is claiming customers will likely only have to charge the vehicle once per week, given the average daily commute is 24 to 31 miles.

The I-Pace Concept utilises electric motors on the front and rear axles, which give a combined power output of 395bhp and 700Nm of torque. This enables it to sprint from 0-60 in approximately four seconds.

Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, said: “The I-Pace Concept is a radical departure for electric vehicles. It represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design.

“It’s a dramatic, future-facing design – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA matched with beautiful, premium details and British craftsmanship.

“This isn’t just a concept. It is a preview of a five-seat production car that will be on the road in 2018. This will be Jaguar’s first-ever battery-powered electric vehicle and opens a new chapter in the history of our legendary brand.”

The I-Pace Concept features a 530-litre boot, with an eight-litre storage space in the centre console, as well as other cubbies dotted throughout the cabin.

The interior is also a high-tech environment, featuring a large 12-inch TFT display on the dash that displays information from the infotainment system as well as the vehicle’s settings.

Lower down, a floating centre console houses a secondary 5.5-inch touchscreen, along with two aluminium rotary dials that control the infotainment system and airconditioning.

A digital display has also replaced the speedometer and rev counter behind the steering wheel.

Jaguar claims the I-Pace Concept can reach 100 per cent charge in just two hours when plugged in to a 50kW DC charging source.

A production version of the I-Pace will be unveiled in 2017, with the first vehicles scheduled to be on the road in the second half of 2018.