Test car reveals I-Pace secrets – remains faithful to the Jaguar concept.
If experience has taught us anything, it's that we should never get our hopes up when we see a nice concept car going into production, but it appears that Jaguar's new I-Pace electric SUV will indeed carry many of the concept car's features into production.
We've managed to get hold of some spy shots of the new car's interior, caught while a testing prototype was out recharging its batteries.
The floating dashboard idea from the concept car remains in place, with a touchscreen spanning the centre console that looks much like the one found in the new Range Rover Velar. The steering wheel design and layout of the buttons on the dashboard are both similar to the concept's design – the most obvious change in the production layout is the move to conventional air vents.
Picture the cabin without all of those cables, warning stickers and red emergency button getting in the way and the I-Pace suddenly becomes more appealing. The prototype seemed to have a digital instrument cluster, which is slowly and surely becoming the norm not just among premium models, but also if you’re shopping for a mainstream car. Even the new VW Polo has one.
Jaguar has already said the final version of the I-Pace will carry over most of the concept’s technical specifications, which means it will likely use a 90kWh battery with a 310 mile-range using the New European Driving Cycle.
The concept car uses a pair of electric motors developing 400bhp and 516lb ft, as well as an all-wheel-drive layout and fast-charging capability that tops up the batteries to 80 percent in 90 minutes.
Jaguar is expected to reveal the final version of the I-Pace SUV at the Frankfurt motor show in mid-September.