Jaguar’s electric SUV to launch in 2018

The Jaguar I-Pace concept car Photo: Jaguar

JOHANNESBURG - Jaguar has introduced the I-Pace concept car, a five door fully electric SUV that has its sights set on the Tesla Model X.

The I-Pace is a near-production concept showcasing Jaguar’s I-Pace which will be in showrooms in 2018.

It features a 90kWh battery and two electric motors that produce 295kW and 700Nm of torque. The torque is available instantaneously and it allows the Jag to hit 0-100km/h in around 4 seconds.

The Tesla Model X with 100kWh battery in ludicrous mode will do the 0-100km/h dash in 3.1 seconds. The I-Pace concept car battery can be charged to 80% capacity in 90 minutes using a 50kW DC rapid charger, the car world’s version of Quick Charge 3.0

The Jag uses a flat battery that sits between the two axles, the car’s axles feature an electric motor for each axle, making the I-Pace all-wheel drive. The battery packs sit flat in the floor to give it a low centre of gravity. 

The design on the I-Pace is typical Jag, and that is not a bad thing. Ian Callum’s design has stood the test of time and it looks really great on the I-Pace.

The I-Pace’s design is sharper than on current Jag’s, especially the bonnet and rear end design. Where the F-Pace’s rear lines are smoothed out, the I-Pace’s lines are chiselled and more pronounced.

The bonnet scoop, which looks a lot like the one on BMW’s i8, makes the I-Pace's more distinctive among its Jaguar siblings. The sharp creases not only give the car a more beautiful look but they also aid in aerodynamics - the I-Pace has a drag coefficient of just 0.29.

Inside, Jaguar promises a spacious and luxurious interior that features a blend of “exquisite” materials and will easily seat five. The Jag’s electric drive means there’s no need for transmission tunnel, allowing for a flat floor and more leg room for passengers.

Jaguar is not the only car maker set to release a Model X rival, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Generation EQ at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and said that it will be on our roads in the next three years.

- Sthembiso Lebuso


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