Jaguar has revealed its all-electric concept vehicle, the I-Pace, a five-seater coupe that is expected to go into production and be in showrooms by 2018.
As always, Jag has produced a vehicle with very sharp styling, and that beautifully-sculpted body sits over a powertrain and interior that is brimming with hi-tech features.
Power comes from electric motors at the front and rear axles which together deliver 294kW(400PS) and 700Nm of instant torque and the liquid-cooled 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack, design and developed in-house will, Jaguar says, give the I-Pace’s a range of more than 500km. On top of that, charging will easy and quick, with 80 per cent charge achieved in 90 minutes and 100 per cent in just over two hours using 50kW DC charging.
Inside the I-Pace there is, of course, all manner of cool tech and a design that Jag says ‘emphasises controls that fall ergonomically to hand and technology that promotes driver engagement’.
A floating centre console rises to connect with the dashboard and ensconce the driver; there are touchscreens, intuitive rotary dials and multi-function buttons that ‘offer the perfect balance of tactile analogue controls and interactive digital interfaces’; and the primary interface is a 12-inch TFT touchscreen blended into the surface of the instrument panel.
A separate, 5.5-inch secondary touchscreen is paired with two laser etched aluminium rotaries that encase vibrant HD circular displays. This allows occupants to configure infotainment and climate whilst keeping full -information on the 12-inch display above.
The I-PACE Concept also features a configurable 12-inch HD virtual instrument cluster and a full-colour head-up display and a Wi-Fi hotspot that enables occupants to use apps on their iOS and Android smartphones through the vehicle’s main touchscreen using InControl Apps.
The I-Pace looks fantastic and is another step in Jaguar’s embrace of electric power after the company entered the all-electric motor racing category, Formula E, earlier this year.
“The I-PACE Concept is a radical departure for electric vehicles. It represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. It’s a dramatic, future-facing design – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA matched with beautiful, premium details and British craftsmanship,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.
“This isn’t just a concept. It is a preview of a five-seat production car that will be on the road in 2018. This will be Jaguar’s first-ever battery-powered electric vehicle and opens a new chapter in the history of our legendary brand.”