Nica Onate / Jaguar | November 16, 2016 11:06
Jaguar introduces all-electric performance in new crossover concept
Jaguar recently revealed the I-Pace concept, an all-electric performance SUV, at this year's Los Angeles (LA) Auto Show.
The manufacturer says that the concept features a bold, cab-forward design combining a supercar design inspired by the Jaguar C-X75 concept and sports car driving characteristics.
Starting with exterior, Jaguar designers used a new vehicle architecture, bringing together hallmarks of the Jaguar brand and new lines made possible by the electric powertrain.
The I-Pace concept features a streamlined profile, with long wheelbase as well as short front and rear overhangs that delivers a coupe-like finish. The cabin sits low between sets of sweeping fenders, creating a sense of movement. Meanwhile, the dynamic window lines further enhance the sports car-inspired looks.
The wheel arches are sculpted around a 23-inch Nighthawk wheels finished in Technical Grey with Gloss Black inserts and diamond-turned pattern. It is further enhanced by bespoke 265/35/R23 tires that feature a unique tread pattern.
Meanwhile, the cockpit is integrated with intuitive interface designs and advanced materials that reflect the brand's craftsmanship. It also features the Sports Command driving position wherein the driver and passengers sit lower than conventional SUVs, which provides better connection with the road.
Without an internal combustion engine and transmission tunnel, it allowed designers to bring the cabin forward, extend the wheelbase and shorten the overhangs. This providesa better view of the road and a larger wheelbase at 2,990mm.
In addition, it also features an array of touchscreens, capacitive switches and tactile analog controls that help drivers manage in-car information more intuitively.
The I-Pace concept is powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which delivers a targeted range of approximately 354 km. With the help of the electric motors mounted at the front and rear axles, the combined output reaches 406 PS and 700 Nm of instant torque, delivering sports car acceleration and traction benefits of all-wheel drive. Also, it accelerates from 0 - 97 km/h in just 4 seconds.
For charging, Jaguar says that it is not only easy but quick as well. An 80-percent charge can be completed within 90 minutes, while a 100-percent charge can be achieved in over two hours by using a 50kW DC fast charging system.
“It is my belief that over the next five years we will see more changes in the automotive world than in the last three decades. The future is about being more connected and more sustainable; electrification and lightweight technologies are becoming more important than ever as urbanization continues to increase,” said Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director, Jaguar Land Rover.
The British manufacturer said that the I-Pace concept is expected to hit the road by 2018.