If you have an interest in high-end electric cars, prepare yourself to include another non-Tesla brand to the list: Jaguar. The automaker has actually unveiled the all-new I-Pace, an electric SUV– or hatchback, offered its low-slung look.
The I-Pace is technically still a concept, but Jaguar states it’s production-intent for U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2018 as a 2019 model. That’s originating from a brand name whose C-X16 and C-X17 ideas later on ended up being (respectively) the F-Type roadster and F-Pace SUV, so whatever the I-Pace becomes, the apple shouldn’t fall far from the tree.
It’s a svelte apple at that. The iPace– er, I-Pace– is a low-slung SUV, total with short overhangs and oversized, fender-hugging wheels. The C-pillars frame a back window that’s sloped enough to work on a sedan. The door deals with sit curiously low, aligned with the top of the front wheel well. The nose and tail tread familiar Jaguar territory (believe F-Pace), however that’s a good idea, as the brand name is on a styling roll these days.
Missing the garish features and impractical percentages that often identify pure idea cars, the I-Pace looks near-production prepared. Minus the enormous wheels and tiny mirrors, this could mostly become exactly what you see at dealerships in 2018. Jaguar says a production version will debut in late 2017, so remain tuned.
Things get a bit more conceptual inside, where the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace has a highway overpass of a center control board that towers above the rest of the console. In other places are a lot of overlapping panels and interesting-looking textures, with high-res screens for the gauge, multimedia and climate readouts. The cabin seats 5, with futuristic chairs that appear like something from the Enterprise from “Star Trek”– though the high supports would trigger fits for Riker. It’s anyone’s guess just how much of this makes it to the production car.
The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace utilizes a 90-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the very same capability as Tesla’s ludicrously fast Model S P90D (now the P100D). Jaguar touts considerable efficiency: With electrical motors driving both axles, the I-Pace makes a combined 400 horse power and 516 pounds-feet of torque– enough to hit 60 miles per hour in a lickety-split 4 seconds or two, which has to do with as fast as an F-Type R with its supercharged V-8. The brand targets around 220 miles of range in EPA test cycles, a figure just Tesla and the Chevrolet Bolt can go beyond. The I-Pace accepts DC quick charging, and Jaguar says it can hit 80 percent of its charge in 90 minutes.
Prices is perhaps the greatest secret here, however it’s safe to presume that the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace won’t be low-cost. Electric vehicles are typically more expensive than fuel-powered cars, with the most cost effective examples priced from around $30,000 prior to rewards. But we’re talking about non-premium vehicles, so I wouldn’t bank on this Jag being that cheap. Possibilities are it will cost at least $50,000, if not $55,000 before options. As soon as those rewards kick in, you may be able to buy one for less than $50K though. Some sources claim that the first electric Jag might really cost as much as $70,000 though.