Anton Andres / Newspress | March 10, 2017 08:00
All-electric Jaguar I-Pace slated for production by next year
The Jaguar F-Pace will soon see a smaller sibling join the range by next year. During the Geneva Motor Show, the British automaker unveiled the I-Pace Concept and has green-lit it for production. Road-going I-Pace models are slated to debut next year, according to Jaguar.
Looking at the concept, it incorporates some of the details seen in the bigger F-Pace. Slim, upswept headlights are complemented by the rectangular honeycomb grill. It also comes with an aggressive front bumper with inlets on each corner. Like most of the cars in the Jaguar range, the I-Pace Concept's nose has been rounded off.
Moving to the side, the defined shoulder line extends from the window line, giving it a wider stance. The rear quarter panel is also wider than the front fender but may be toned down for production. Unlike the F-Pace, the tailgate of the I-Pace Concept is steeply raked to give it a sportier look. Slim taillights complete the look of the car.
Instead of an engine, the I-Pace Concept is powered by two electric motors that power both the front and rear wheels. It draws its power from a liquid-cooled, 90 kWh battery pack and can be charged with a 50 kilowatt DC station. According to Jaguar, the I-Pace can be fully charged in two hours with the 50 kilowatt charger. The I-Pace Concept is Jaguar's first attempt at an all-electric system and the company adds that the system will reach production once the crossover is available in the market. It is yet unknown if the I-Pace will also be available with conventional engine or a hybrid powertrain.
As for numbers, Jaguar says their electric system produces 400 PS and 700 Nm of torque. From a standstill, they also claim that the I-Pace can reach 97 km/h within the four second range. Fully charged, the I-Pace has a range of up to 500 kilometers under normal driving conditions. Range may vary if driven spiritedly.