Production version will be revealed towards the end of the year.
Jaguar’s Model X-rivalling I-Pace was introduced in concept form back in November 2016 at the Los Angeles Auto Show before travelling to Geneva in eye-catching red attire for its European debut earlier this month. To provide a taste of things to come, Jaguar organised a photo shoot of the concept out on the streets of London prior to the all-electric crossover’s debut in production guise towards the end of 2017.
You’ll have to wait until the second half of 2018 to actually get behind the wheel of an I-Pace, but it should be well worth the wait. Jaguar’s very first EV will take the shape of a stylish crossover with an appealing exterior design that hopefully won’t be watered down on its way to the assembly line. The same thing can be said about the minimalist interior proposing a high-tech look somewhat similar in appearance with the recently introduced Range Rover Velar.
The I-Pace will have the technical specifications to back up the bold styling, with Jaguar promising the production version is going to boast 400 of electric horsepower (almost 300kW) and an instant torque of 516lb ft. That’s going to be enough EV punch to allow the all-wheel-drive crossover run to 60mph in a brisk four seconds.
Equipped with a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the I-Pace will be able to travel for more than 310 miles in the New European Driving Cycle. Even allowing for a dose of real-life conditions, that's still enough to defeat range anxiety for the majority of potential buyers. Should owners be in a real hurry, recharging the battery pack to an 80 percent level will be done in only 90 minutes when using 50kW DC charging.
Chief designer Ian Callum referred to the I-Pace as being quite possibly the “most important” Jaguar model since the introduction of the legendary E-Type back in the early 1960s, so it’s easy to understand the hype around the all-electric crossover.