Electric cars were considered unfeasible for the roads until now due to the short range and meager power figures. This perception was changed to an extent by Tesla who have been pioneering the electric vehicle concept by providing feature loaded cars with an increase in range as well. Jaguar after bringing their first ever SUV, the F-Pace have shown interest in a fully electric SUV which was showcased at the LA Motor show and is going to be the first real rival for the Tesla Model X which is a stylish and premium Sports Utility Vehicle with all electric engine and a gull wing rear doors.
The I-Pace is going to be equipped with a 90 kWh battery and an aerodynamic body design which makes it extremely fast and gives it a travelling range of around 350 km. The SUV has a slightly cab forward design and is very similar to the F-Pace but this has been achieved due to the lack of engine in the front. I-Pace has the same suspension system as F-Pace.
The major breakthrough in the electric SUV is the motor that is capable of making a total of 394 bhp with 700 nm of torque throughout the rev range which is transferred to the ground via an AWD (all wheel drive) system. Jaguar revealed that the I-Pace can do a 0 to 100 sprint in a mere 4 seconds. The electric motors are placed at each end of the car which allows perfect weight distribution. On the performance front, a drag coefficient of 0.29 makes it stand out against SUVs and electric cars for that matter.
The interiors are also futuristic, like Tesla provides in their electric cars as it has a 12 inch colour touch screen at the center console along with a complementing 5.5 inch touch screen. It is also expected to feature a heads up display which is seen in several German examples as well. The buttons to control the infotainment system feature a haptic feedback which makes them vibrate when pressed.
Jaguar has said that the I-Pace will be packed with DC charging abilities allowing the liquid-cooled battery pack to get a charge of 80 percent from 0 in just 90 minutes. Two hours will be needed for a full charge however for the pack which has been prepared by Jaguar’s in house design and development team. Jaguar has also tried its hand at Formula E and its experience will be utilized by them in improving the I-Pace as a product. It will be going on sale in mid of 2018.