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LA Show: Jaguar unveils I-Pace ‘new-era’ electric SUV

'Clean-sheet' design promises 300-mile range, on sale in 2018.

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Jaguar has unveiled a concept that previews a full-electric version of the F-Pace SUV.

Debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the I-Pace concept boasts a 0-60mph time of around four seconds, an official range between charges of more than 300 miles and fast charging of its 90kWh battery.

The car is much more than an F-Pace with an electric powertrain added, however. Its design has been bespoke, creating a new engineering package to make the most of Jaguar Land Rover’s development of electric propulsion.

Jaguar describes the unveiling of the I-Pace as the start of a new era for the brand. It has already demonstrated its commitment to electric propulsion by entering a team in the fully-electric FIA Formula E Championship.

   

A production version of the I-Pace will go on sale in 2018, and is claimed to offer ‘precise, agile driving dynamics as yet unseen on an electric vehicle,’ the car’s designers describing it as a ‘no-compromise smart, five seat sports car and a performance SUV in one.’

The car uses two electric motors, one mounted on each axle to retain the all-wheel-drive capability of the F-Pace and provide combined power and torque of 400hp and 700Nm – the latter figure matching that of the current range-topping F-Pace SVR.

Both the motors and the 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack have been designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover. A full charge using a typical public 50 KW DC charging network will take around two hours, giving a range of more than 300 miles measured on Europe’s NEDC test cycle.

Jaguar Land Rover head Dr Wolfgang Ziebart describes the I-Pace as an uncompromised electric vehicle designed from a clean sheet of paper. “We’ve developed a new architecture and selected only the best technology available – the I-Pace Concept fully exploits the potential EVs can offer in space utilisation, driving pleasure and performance,” he says.

Jaguar I-Pace
Bespoke architecture mounts an electric motor on each wheel.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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