At one time, I thought Tesla Model X would last for long as the only battery-electric powered SUV for quite some time. Although other automakers have cropped up with fully-electric sedans to rival Tesla models, no automaker had launched a serious fully-electric SUV, well, that is until Jaguar surprised us with a I-Pace concept at the Los Angeles Auto show. Although it is in its concept form, the automaker disclosed that production models will hit the streets in 2018. As the name suggests, the model is based on the automaker’s first ever SUV, the F-Pace. The SUV is based on a dedicated EV architecture that allowed its designers to come up with an innovative layout. Read along to find out more about this Tesla SUV rival:
2018 Jaguar I-Pace Exterior styling
Although the 2018 Jaguar I-Pace exterior design is inspired by the F-Pace, the model has some unique features that tell it apart. To highlight its electric-engine status, front features that are borrowed from the F-Pace are highlighted by blue accents. It also features LED strips below the side air vents.
The hood has also been revised but it still features the V-shaped design of the F-Pace. It is, however, shorter and has a gigantic vent close to the windscreen. The rear of the vehicle is also derived from the F-Pace. Its angular deck lid design is inspired by the F-Type. In addition, the aggressive diffuser (not common with crossovers) is also borrowed from the F-Type.
Overall, the model has a coupe-like roofline. Other features that sets it apart from the F-Pace are the arched front fenders. Its organic beltline has been shifted upwards close to the C-Pillar, it then descends slightly towards the rear fascia. Unlike the F-Pace, the I-Pace does not feature quarter windows. Its retracting doors are mounted lower than on the F-Pace. The model also features fancy looking wheels, winglets on its side skirts and a bright-blue stripe below its doors.
2018 Jaguar I-Pace Interior styling
Interior styling of the 2018 Jaguar I-Pace is inspired by the F-Type. To begin with, the SUV features sporty seats and a low driving position, features that are not common in SUVs. However, the layout of the cabin is not similar to any Jaguar in the market. Its dash and center console are clean and uncluttered. The dash features a blend of gray leather and soft cloth. It also features dark, unvarnished walnut veneers as well as polished metal inserts. The leather is also used unsparingly on the seats, door panels and on the center console. The leather is contrasted with a white stitching. High-sheen metal elements are also featured in the cabin. The cabin is reminiscent of excellent British artistry and is fitted with premium types of equipment in the industry.
Tech-wise, the I-Pace features a new cockpit design christened the “flightdeck”. The system comes with three screens, one for its instrument cluster and the other two are mounted on the center console. This system gives the model an all-digital look like that of a fighter jet hence the name.
The automaker did not confirm the type of infotainment system that the model will use. Don’t be surprised if Jaguar hooks it up with a new system, specifically designed for EVs. I understand that the model also features a two-mode liquid-cooling circuit where in normal weather conditions; the radiator air cools the battery’s liquid coolant. When it is considerably hot, the system has an air-conditioner to do the cooling. The air conditioner heat pump is integrated with the climate-control system that is so designed to channel energy from outside air as a source of heat for the cabin as opposed to channeling energy from the battery.
Drive-train and performance
Under the hood, the Jaguar is all electric. The I-Pace becomes the first Jaguar SUV to feature an all-electric drive-train. The unit is designed in-house. It features two electric motors, one on the front axle and the other on the rear axle. The system produces 394 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. According to the automaker, the juice is enough to propel the car to run from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds.
Things get even better in terms of range as the model has posted 500 km range on the Europe’s NEDC cycle. EPA results are yet to be released but the model will likely achieve a 300-mile range. With this kind of range, the I-Pace will not have a problem tearing into the Tesla Model X playground. The Tesla Model X has a maximum range of 289 miles on a single, full charge. Although the Tesla beats the I-Pace in terms of acceleration, the latter will likely match its 155 mph top speed.
Jaguar has made recharging of the battery easy and quick. It takes only 90 minutes to recharge the battery to 80% and around 2 hours for a 100% recharge using a 50Kw DC charger.
Price and release date
Being a concept, Jaguar did not say anything about its price. However, the model must be competitively priced to stand any chance against the Tesla Model X. The automaker said the model will be released in 2018. Keep it here for the updates regarding the I-Pace.