Jaguar has been out playing with final production prototypes of the i-Pace electric SUV in California, ahead of a production debut in the New Year.
It’s almost exactly a year since the Jaguar i-Pace Concept was revealed, and despite it being Jaguar’s first electric car it’s already close to production launch.
Clearly aimed at the heart of Tesla, the i-Pace has had an impressive first life as a concept, garnering a gong for the year’s most significant concept, garnering more pre-orders than Jaguar can cope with, and even turning in to a one-make race series to support Formula E.
But all that won’t, on its own, make the i-Pace a success, but what will – at least technically – is plenty of testing.
So Jaguar has had 200 production prototypes racking up 1.5 million miles of testing, and 11,000 hours of component rig testing too, in preparation for the production version’s anticipated debut in early 2018, probably at the Geneva Motor Show.
Now, with that testing nearing its end, it’s time to schmooze potential punters, so Jaguar has been busy driving one such pre-order punter up California’s West Coast to show what the i-Pace can do.
Of course, its no coincidence Jaguar choose California, although their test route didn’t actually go as far as Palo Alto. But did got from Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, to Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, a distance of around 200 miles on a single charge, in the real world, and with capacity to spare at the end.
But it would only need a short charge for an 80 per cent fill and enough juice to head for San Francisco, perhaps with a sweep by Tesla en-route?
The Jaguar i-Pace will officially go on sale in March 2018.
Jaguar i-Pace Concept Photos
Jaguar i-Pace California Road Trip Video