Jaguar I-PACE Concept review: electric british wild cat

2018 Jaguar I-Pace Concept review2018 Jaguar I-Pace Concept review

Jaguar I-PACE is an electric crossover concept, that will hit the roads in about two years. With I-PACE, Jaguar enters the world of electric vehicles. Although Jaguar claims it is an SUV, this concept also looks like an additionally lifted hatchback. A concept, already seen, if we only think of Mercedes-Benz GLA.

2018 Jaguar I-PACE highlights

  • Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle.
  • Release date: the production version will be revealed in late 2017 and will hit the road in 2018.
  • Predicted range of more than 500 km on the NEDC cycle (more than 220 miles EPA).
  • Low drag coefficient of 0.29.
  • Cutting-edge technology and premium interior materials.
  • All-wheel drive, 400 hp, 700 Nm of torque.

2018 Jaguar I-PACE exterior: medium-sized performance SUV, hot hatch, coupe?

2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept exterior SUV coupe

2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept exterior is a mixture of medium-sized SUV, coupe and hot hatch.

While designing the vehicle, Jaguar engineers definitely looked over the ocean towards existing Tesla Model X. Since Jaguar I-PACE has no engine, they used this part to increase the interior space.

With short overhangs and low center of gravity (lithium-ion batteries are placed on the bottom of the vehicle),  the first electric Jaguar will also offer a very good performance.

Overall, Jaguar designers certainly did a very good job, and the car expectedly inherited a lot of design features from its fossil fuel brother F-Pace.

Effective utilization of additional space

2018 Jaguar I-PACE luggage compartment front rear

2018 Jaguar I-PACE will have two luggage compartments.  Big one in the back (530 litres) and additional small one under the bonnet (28 litres).

Because there is no engine under the bonnet, Jaguar I-PACE has a lot of extra space available. The instrument panel is pushed forward, and there are two luggage compartments available. One in front and one in the back. Sounds familiar?

Jaguar I-PACE EV electric motors: 400 hp, up to 500 km of range

2018 Jaguar I-Pace Concept powertrain electric motor battery

2018 Jaguar I-Pace Concept complete powertrain: battery between two electric motors (one for each pair of wheels).

Jaguar I-PACE is powered by two electric motors, one for the front pair of wheels and one for the rear. This way, the car has permanent four-wheel drive. It has 400 hp (294 kW) of total system power and 700 Nm of torque.

2018 Jaguar IPACE performance top speed acceleration

2018 Jaguar I-PACE performance: top speed not known yet, acceleration from 0-100 km/h in about 4 seconds.

Because the competition makes shamelessly fast cars, Jaguar I-PACE performance must be on their level. And it is. The acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour will take only about four seconds.

In-house developed 90 kWh battery delivers up to 500 kilometers of total range per single charge (in accordance with NEDC cycle) and will enable fast charging (90 minutes to fill 80 percent of the battery capacity and 100 percent in just over two hours using 50 kW DC fast charger).

Jaguar I-PACE EV total range

Jaguar I-PACE EV total range will be up to 500 km (NEDC cycle) or over 220 miles (EPA).

Following the Tesla Model 3 sales model: reservations are already possible

Following the example of Tesla Motors sales strategy, the British are already collecting orders for the new I-PACE, although the car is planned to hit the dealerships in the second half of 2018. So far, it is not necessary to pay a deposit, as in the case of Tesla Model 3.

What about the Jaguar I-PACE price?

2018 Jaguar I-PACE price interior

The price for Jaguar I-PACE is not known yet. Based on some hints from Jaguar, it will probably cost around 55,000 GBP.

So, how much will Jaguar I-PACE cost? Official price list is still a mystery. Pricing is said to be, on the Jaguar website, 15% more than a similar specification F-Pace. Therefore, we are probably looking for a 55,000 GBP starting price tag.

Jaguar I-PACE release date, competition and rivals

2018 Jaguar I-PACE release date

2018 Jaguar I-PACE release date: 2018. Main rivals: for now, Germans and Tesla.

Since the Jaguar I-PACE release date is still quite far away (2018), we have to consider not only current cars as competitors, but also the ones that are coming on the market in the near future.

  • Audi e-Tron
  • Mercedes-Benz EQ
  • Tesla Model X
  • Tesla Model Y

2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept technical data

Dimensions

  • Length: 4,680 mm
  • Width: 1,890 mm
  • Height: 1,560 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,990 mm
  • Luggage compartment volume: 530-litres plus 28-litres (front)
  • Drag coefficient: 0.29 Cd

Electric motors

  • Configuration: Permanent magnet electric motor; synchronous, single-speed epicyclic transmission; concentric with motor.
  • Maximum power: 2 x 200 hp
  • Maximum torque: 2 x 350 Nm
  • Total system output: 400 hp / 700 Nm of torque

Drivetrain

  • Motor and transmission integrated into the front and rear axles.
  • Electric all-wheel drive.

Battery

  • Configuration: 90 kWh Li-ion; liquid-cooled; pouch cells.
  • Number of modules: 36

Chassis

  • Front suspension: Double wishbone
  • Rear suspension: Integral Link
  • Front tyres: 265/35/R23
  • Rear tyres: 265/35/R23
  • Steering: Rack-and-pinion; electromechanical

Performance and range

  • Acceleration 0-60 mph: around 4 seconds
  • Top speed: N/A
  • Range (NEDC): in excess of 500 km
  • Range (EPA): in excess of 220 miles
2018 Jaguar I-PACE total system power torque

2018 Jaguar I-PACE total system power: 400 hp, 700 Nm of torque.

Image credit: Jaguar

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