First Look: Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV Makes LA Debut

jaguar i-Pace

Watch out Tesla Model X, Jaguar is coming for you. The automaker unwrapped one slick looking electric SUV at this Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s dubbed the I-Pace. Oh, and it delivers 400-ponies.

A production version of the SUV is expected to hit the road in 2018. It’s Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle and only the second SUV in its lineup behind the new F-Pace.

Jaguar calls the design “cab-forward”.  That is to say the hood is short, because there’s no need to put an engine under the front. The shorter hood makes the SUV more aerodynamic as well. Flush door handles and bold air ducts also maximizes the electric vehicle’s range.  Check out the wheels, too. They’re farther out, closer to the ends of SUV to make room for the car’s large, flat battery pack in the middle.

jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar also says the smaller hood area means more room for passengers than in other SUVs. Inside there is a main 12-inch touchscreen and a second 5.5-inch touchscreen. The lower screen is for infotainment and climate control options, while the full nav is on the larger one above.

Jaguar says the SUV should make the 220-mile range per charge mark. The electric motors in front and back will produce a combined 400-horses and 415 pound-feet of torque. It will zoom from 0‑60 mph in around 4 seconds.

While the I-Pace will really be the first true competitor against the Tesla Model X, there are some differences. The I-Pace only has two rows of seats opposed to Tesla’s three.  It’s also slower in the acceleration department. In ludicrous mode the Model X can hit zero to 60 miles per hour in as quick as 2.9 seconds.

jaguar I-Pace

jaguar I-Pace

jaguar I-Pace

Courtesy: Jaguar



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