Jaguar gives us a sneak-peak into its future. And it’s electric, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker.
The undisputed star of this week’s Los Angeles auto show is an all-new, all-electric performance crossover from Jaguar, called I-Pace.
While its official title is I-Pace Concept, this sleek, head-turning five-seater is essentially the same car that will hit the streets in a couple of years, priced - and we’re guessing here - from around $60,000.
Despite the badge and its five seats, this new I-Pace shares zip, zero, nada with Jaguar’s recently launched F-Pace SUV. The entire car has been developed from a clean sheet of paper, using some very cool battery technology and featuring dramatic, so-called “cab-forward” styling.
With a total output of 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque - pretty much the same torque as Jag’s insanely-rapid F-Type SVR sports car - the I-Pace should be super-quick. How quick? Jaguar talks of 0-to-60 mph sprinting in just 4.0 seconds. That’s fast.
How far will it go on a single charge? Jaguar talks about a range of around 220 miles, though plug it into a public 50kW DC charging outlet and you’ll get a 80 percent charge in 90 minutes and a full 100 percent charge in just over two hours.
Of course having the electric motors mounted on the axles and the battery pack buried beneath the passenger compartment, means that you don’t need the space under the hood for an internal combustion engine. That allowed Jag’s design team to push the base of the windshield and the two front seats well forward to create much more interior space. Rear seat kneeroom, in particular, is huge.
The rest of the car is equally dramatic, from its stretched wheelbase - dictated by the long battery pack - to the squared-off rear, full-length glass panoramic roof, and head-turning LED lighting. We’re hoping the concept’s humongous 23-inch alloys stay for production, though the F-Pace’s available 22s would work just fine.
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