It’s beautiful, but you would never expect anything less than that from a prestigious automotive manufacturer like Jaguar. This is their new Jaguar I-Pace concept car, however its very close to no longer being a concept car, and becoming a full production car, currently set for late 2018. It looks stunning, and also comes out swinging as the first real competitor to Tesla in the electric SUV market.
Jaguar has equipped the I-Pace with a 90 kWh battery and a low drag coefficient, which will help give the SUV more than 220 miles per charge. At a press preview, Jaguar executives emphasized the car’s cab-forward design, made possible because of the lack of an engine up front. Instead, the car uses a pair of electric motors to deliver a total of 394 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque via the all-wheel drive system. Jaguar claims the car will go from 0-60mph in around four seconds.
Jaguar has clearly taken a lot of ideas from Tesla here, offering increased legroom with the absence of a drivetrain, as well as two touch-screens (a 12 inch and a 5.5 inch). The press was not allowed to use the new electronics system on-board the I-Pace, as it was unclear of whether or not it is fully functional at this time, but overall it does look fantastic.
Jaguar says the SUV will include 50kW DC charging capabilities, allowing the liquid-cooled battery pack to be charged from 0 to 80 percent in 90 minutes, and to full in around two hours. Jaguar, which fielded a Formula E team for the first time this year, designed and developed the battery in-house. The company says it will learn a lot about cooling and charging batteries from its Formula E efforts, and it will put that knowledge into the I-Pace.
Jaguar did not make clear the potential price of the I-Pace, however it is assumed that it will be close to Tesla’s model X.
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