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An electrified first: 2019 Jaguar I-PACE electric performance SUV



One year after its first showing at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Jaguar I-PACE Concept returned to the city as a production prototype for its final range and durability tests ahead of its global reveal and start of sale in 2018. Originally viewed on the streets of London for the first time as a functioning concept last year, the electric performance SUV concept previews the Jaguar brand’s first electric vehicle, the I-PACE, which will be on sale in the second half of 2018.

“The feedback on the I-PACE Concept has been fantastic. With the I-PACE Concept we’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package. It has surprised people and the enthusiasm for our first electric vehicle has been beyond all my expectations. Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside and in the real-world. You can see the true value of the I-PACE’s dramatic silhouette and powerful proportions when you see it on the road, against other cars. The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived.” – Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The Jaguar I-PACE has entered final validation testing ahead of its global reveal in early 2018. In preparation for the first-ever Jaguar electric performance SUV, the automaker has built more than 200 production prototypes completing some 1.5 million miles and 11,000 hours of testing. Pricing and specifications will be announced in March 2018.

Powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery, the I-PACE will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in around four seconds, with a targeted range of approximately 220 miles on EPA test cycles. Charging is easy and quick; an 80 percent charge can be achieved in 90 minutes and 100 percent charge achieved in just over two hours using 50kW DC fast charging.

Compact, lightweight electric motors at the front and rear axles generate a combined output of 400HP and 516-lb ft of all-wheel drive torque, putting power down and maintaining traction on a variety of surfaces and weather conditions. Response is immediate and the system provides exceptional control over the front and rear torque distribution, responding immediately to driver inputs, road conditions and vehicle characteristics.

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