If you have an interest in luxury electrical cars, prepare to add another non-Tesla brand name to the list: Jaguar. The automaker has actually unveiled the all-new I-Pace, an electric SUV– or hatchback, given its low-slung appearance– that made its rounds at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.
The I-Pace is technically still a concept, however Jaguar says it’s production-intent for U.S. car dealerships in the second half of 2018 as a 2019 model. That’s coming from a brand name whose C-X16 and C-X17 concepts later on became (respectively) the F-Type roadster and F-Pace SUV, so whatever the I-Pace becomes, the apple shouldn’t fall far from the tree.
2019 Jaguar I-Pace Exterior
It’s a svelte apple at that. The iPace– er, I-Pace– is a low-slung SUV, complete with short overhangs and oversized, fender-hugging wheels. The C-pillars frame a rear window that’s sloped enough to deal with a sedan. The door handles sit strangely enough low, lined up with the top of the front wheel well. The nose and tail tread familiar Jaguar territory (think F-Pace), but that’s a good idea, as the brand is on a styling roll nowadays.
Absent the garish features and impractical percentages that often define pure principle cars, the I-Pace looks near-production ready. Minus the massive wheels and small mirrors, this could largely become what you see at dealers in 2018. Jaguar states a production variation will debut in late 2017, so remain tuned.
2019 Jaguar I-Pace Interior
Things get a little bit more conceptual inside, where the I-Pace has a highway overpass of a center control panel that towers above the remainder of the console. Elsewhere are plenty of overlapping panels and interesting-looking textures, with high-res display screens for the gauge, multimedia and climate readouts. The cabin seats 5, with futuristic chairs that look like something out of the Enterprise from “Star Trek”– though the tall supports would cause fits for Riker. It’s anyone’s guess just how much of this makes it to the production car.
2019 Jaguar I-Pace Engine
The I-Pace utilizes a 90-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the very same capability as Tesla’s ludicrously quick Model S P90D (now the P100D). Jaguar promotes substantial efficiency: With electric motors owning both axles, the I-Pace makes a combined 400 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque– sufficient to hit 60 miles per hour in a lickety-split 4 seconds or two, which is about as fast as an F-Type R with its supercharged V-8. The brand name targets around 220 miles of variety in EPA test cycles, a figure just Tesla and the Chevrolet Bolt can go beyond. The I-Pace accepts DC fast charging, and Jaguar states it can hit 80 percent of its charge in 90 minutes.
2019 Jaguar I-Pace Release Date
A reveal is set up for late 2017. The vehicle will go on sale in the 2nd half of 2018, recommending it will arrive in display rooms as a 2019 model.