We have heard about Jaguar's intention to get into the all-electric vehicle game for several years now, and from the Los Angeles Auto Show they have officially announced their first entry.
Jaguar i-Pace Interior
As such, Jaguar has taken the wraps of a 220+ mile (EPA estimated) all-electric vehicle named the i-Pace.
The SUV is powered by a 90 kWh battery and a couple of 200 hp electric motors - giving the Magna-Steyr built (in Austria) SUV 400 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
The i-Pace is slated to go on sale for the second half of 2018 - so roughly 2 years time.
"The Jaguar I-PACE Concept(1) Vehicle is the start of a new era for Jaguar. This is a production preview of the Jaguar I-PACE, which will be revealed next year and on the road in 2018. Customers can register now at jaguarusa.com to be one of the first I-PACE owners."
Jaguar i-Pace Concept: all-electric SUC design is for all intents and purposes already locked in - goes on sale in 2nd half of 2018
Jaguar i-Pace moonroof
Jaguar promotes the new vehicle as both a "no-compromise smart, five seat sports car" and also "a performance SUV" all in one.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: “The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of electric vehicle design. It’s a dramatic, future-facing cab-forward design with a beautiful interior – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA, electric technology and contemporary craftsmanship.”
Jaguar states the i-Pace Concept's electric motors and 90kWh battery pack (not the cells - LG Chem's handiwork of course) were designed in-house; although the company notes a public DC fast charge will take just over two hours (curiously via 50 kW) for a fill - which seems to be about the minimum standard for a premium EV sold in 2018...or today for that matter. Hopefully, this was just a random example of recharging time, and not the limits of the i-Pace's ultimate DC fast charging abilities.
Thankfully, Jaguar did not also try to re-invent the door...
Jaguar i-Pace reveal in LA
Specs of interest:
- 0-60 mph in ~4 seconds
- 23-inch wheels (pretty standard fare for a concept vehicle after all)
- drag coefficient of 0.29
- liquid-cooled 90 kWh battery with cells via LG Chem (naturally)
- at least 50 kW DC fast charging (as stated in PR: fill timing via a 50 kW charge) – CCS Combo
- Heat pump
- class-leading regen - up to 150 kW
- all wheel drive, 5 seats
- length: 184 inches, width: 74.4
The British automaker has not dropped any hints as to pricing, however given the nearest competition on the market today - the Tesla Model X 90D, which starts at around $90,000, we'd say that was a good starting point.
By the time the Jaguar arrives in the second half of 2018, it will find at least two other premium long range utility EVs arriving from familar rivals at just about the same time - the Audi e-Tron (details) and Mercedes-Benz EQ (details).
Currently Jaguar is running a "I want one" promotion on the i-Pace, so if you do "want one", or just more information, the online registration form and Jag mini-site for the all-electric SUV can be found here.
Jaguar i-Pace Concept Interior
Jaguar i-Pace Concept from above
Jaguar i-Pace Concept Interior
Jaguar i-Pace Concept Nav
Jaguar i-Pace Concept Climate Controls
Jaguar i-Pace Concept Rear Seating
Jaguar i-Pace Concept from LA reveal