The Jaguar i-PACE electric Crossover has arrived in concept form at the Los Angeles Motor Show, with innovative design, 395bhp and 300 mile range.
With a design which manages to look Jaguar – even though it’s got proportions, thanks to there being no need to accommodate a great big IEC lump at the front, which are decidedly unconventional – the i-PACE is a bold statement of intent from Jaguar (is it just us, or is the first thing that jumps in to your mind when you see the i-PACE the Jaguar C-X75 Supercar Concept?) as it rushes to catch up with other premium makers on the EV front.
Jaguar say the production version of the i-PACE will be revealed in late 2017, and in showrooms in 2018, and will differ little either in design or form from this concept. So there’s no ‘Vapourware’ in the technical side hoping for a technology breakthrough on the horizon to deliver on its promise.
That promise is certainly impressive, for the i-PACE comes packaged as an SUV / Crossover which is a bit smaller than the F-PACE and built on a new EV platform which actually offers 115mm more in the wheelbase, so there’s oodles of room in the back.
Inside, despite the unusual exterior with its long cab-forward, short overhangs design, is more conventional, although there are a trio of HD display screens – two 12″ and a 5.5″ plus a few others – in what Jaguar call a ‘Flightdeck’ approach, and there’s lovely leather and appropriate unvarnished walnut.
All of which sets the i-PACE apart from an ICE car, but without shouting ‘Look at me I’m green’. But what matters even more than the design is what’s under the skin.
Despite sitting on a new aluminium platform and an electric drivetrain, the i-PACE borrows from the F-PACE with its double wishbones/integral link suspension, and despite its weight it manages to park the centre of gravity down low for the promise of proper Jaguar dynamics.
Power comes from a 90kWh battery pack between the axles driving a pair of electric motors – one on each axle – with a total of 395bhp and 516lb/ft of torque, enough for a 0-60mph of just 4.0 seconds. Jaguar say you’ll be able to charge the batteries to 80 per cent in 90 minutes (from a 50kW DC charging point).
The Jaguar i-PACE looks hugely promising, and it’s just the start of electrification for Jaguar Land Rover.