Last few years have all been about talks of electrification, investments and showcasing concept electric vehicles. Now, Tata-owned Jaguar is making some headlines as it gears up to showcase its new electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV at the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The next big thing on wheels will be powered by batteries and electric motors and Jaguar I-Pace promises to take the brand to a whole new era which is new for both the automaker and its customers.
In many ways, I-Pace marks a new beginning for Jaguar. After all, its the first all-electric production vehicle from the British marque. The design and dimensions are very similar to the concept car revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. While many concept cars never see a production light, that isn't the case with the I-Pace. The production version looks more sleek and aggressive than the traditional boxy design of SUVs.
The credit for the new styling should be given to I-Pace’s electric powertrain, says Jaguar, it has allowed to take up less room than a traditional internal-combustion engine, drivetrain and transmission. Elon Musk's Tesla has already ahead in doing this and now Jaguar is ready to take on Tesla for the very first time. The all-aluminium construction on the I-Pace allows low-drag coefficient of 0.29 cd and, despite its low roofline and overall stance, still offers enough space to both passenger and cargo space. In the rear, legroom is 890mm while, with no transmission tunnel, there’s a useful 10.5-litre central storage compartment. In the rear, tablet and laptop stowage is found beneath the seats, while the rear luggage compartment offers a 656-litre capacity – and 1,453-litres with seats folded flat.
The I-PACE is powered by a 90kWh Lithium-ion battery and Jaguar claims a range of 480km. Jaguar says that the I-Pace electric SUV from 0-80 per cent in 40 minutes using 100 kW DC. Allied with its concept car looks and next-generation artificial intelligence, it is set to be the perfect everyday EV consumers have been waiting for.
Jaguar I-Pace features two Jaguar-designed electric motors – which feature driveshafts passing through the motors themselves for compactness – are placed at each axle, producing a combined power of 400PS and 696Nm, and all-wheel-drive, all-surface traction. Jaguar claims that I-Pace accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.5 seconds, with a top-speed of 200 kmph. That makes the new electric Jag quicker than the top-variants of Tesla Model X. Tesla Model X, however, has a slightly better top-speed on its top-variants.
Globally with electric vehicles taking centre stage, Jaguar I-Pace will allow the British carmaker to come up with more electric vehicles quickly and be one of the leaders in the global EV race.