If you’re interested in high-end electric cars, get ready to include another non-Tesla brand name to the list: Jaguar. The automaker has unveiled the all-new I-Pace, an electric SUV– or hatchback, offered its low-slung look– that made its rounds at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.
The I-Pace is technically still a concept, but Jaguar states it’s production-intent for U.S. car dealerships in the second half of 2018 as a 2019 model. That’s originating from a brand name whose C-X16 and C-X17 ideas later became (respectively) the F-Type roadster and F-Pace SUV, so whatever the I-Pace ends up being, the apple should not 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, total with brief overhangs and oversized, fender-hugging wheels. The C-pillars frame a back window that’s sloped enough to deal with a sedan. The door handles sit oddly low, lined up with the top of the front wheel well. The nose and tail tread familiar Jaguar area (believe F-Pace), but that’s an advantage, as the brand is on a styling roll nowadays. Missing the garish features and impractical percentages that often characterize pure concept cars, the I-Pace looks near-production prepared. Minus the enormous wheels and tiny mirrors, this could mainly become exactly what you see at car dealerships in 2018. Jaguar says a production version 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 board that towers above the rest of the console. In other places are lots of overlapping panels and interesting-looking textures, with high-res displays for the gauge, multimedia and climate readouts. The cabin seats five, with futuristic chairs that appear like something from the Enterprise from “Star Trek”– though the tall backings would trigger 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 employs a 90-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the same capability as Tesla’s ludicrously quick Model S P90D (now the P100D). Jaguar touts considerable performance: With electric motors driving both axles, the I-Pace makes a combined 400 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque– sufficient to hit 60 mph in a lickety-split 4 seconds or two, which has to do with as fast as an F-Type R with its supercharged V-8. The brand targets approximately 220 miles of variety in EPA test cycles, a figure just Tesla and the Chevrolet Bolt can exceed. 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 second half of 2018, suggesting it will show up in showrooms as a 2019 model.