Jaguar re­veals I-Pace, con­cept of its all-elec­tric per­for­mance SUV

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The Bri­tish ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany Jaguar has un­veiled its first al­l­elec­tric SUV con­cept, named I-Pace. It is one of the most visu­ally ar­rest­ing con­cepts ever pro­duced by Jaguar. Tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the pack­ag­ing freedom of­fered by elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, the de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing teams took the op­por­tu­nity to re­think the ve­hi­cle’s over­all pro­por­tions. The pro­duc­tion ver­sion will be re­vealed in late 2017 and will hit the road in 2018.

“The I-Pace con­cept is a rad­i­cal de­par­ture for elec­tric ve­hi­cles. It rep­re­sents the next gen­er­a­tion of bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cle de­sign. It’s a dra­matic, fu­ture-fac­ing de­sign – the prod­uct of au­then­tic Jaguar DNA matched with beau­ti­ful, pre­mium de­tails and Bri­tish crafts­man­ship. This isn’t just a con­cept. It is a pre­view of a five-seat pro­duc­tion car that will be on the road in 2018. This will be Jaguar’s first-ever bat­tery-pow­ered elec­tric ve­hi­cle and opens a new chap­ter in the his­tory of our legendary brand.” Ian Cal­lum, Di­rec­tor of De­sign, Jaguar, said.

“I was de­ter­mined from the very be­gin­ning of this project to cre­ate a de­sign which re­flected this change in the me­chan­ics of the car. This is what led to the sporty cab-for­ward pro­file rather than a car with a bon­net and an en­gine,” he said.

A ve­hi­cle with pro­por­tions of this dynamic is only pos­si­ble with a de­sign that con­sciously ex­ploits ev­ery mil­lime­tre given by Jaguar’s state-of-the-art elec­tric drive sys­tem. Lever­ag­ing the tech­no­log­i­cal pos­si­bil­i­ties of elec­tric driv­ing, the I-Pace con­cept in­tro­duces big de­sign changes and finds fresh ex­pres­sion for Jaguar’s pre­mium, per­sonal touches and Bri­tish crafts­man­ship.

With­out an in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine and trans­mis­sion tun­nel to pack­age, the I-Pace con­cept’s de­sign brings the cabin for­ward, ex­tends the wheel­base and short­ens the over­hangs. This en­ables the sil­hou­ette to be­come more aero­dy­namic and the haunches to de­velop more powerful pro­por­tions. It also en­larges the in­te­rior space and im­proves ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics and vis­i­bil­ity. As a re­sult, the I-Pace Con­cept’s pro­file has more in com­mon with the C-X75 mid-en­gine su­per­car than the con­ven­tional SUVs. Ev­i­dence is clear in the cab-for­ward pro­por­tions, the dynamic heart line, the curve of the front fend­ers, the powerful pro­por­tions of the rear haunches and the large, pur­pose­ful wheels. And yet the I-Pace con­cept’s over­all foot­print is as com­pact as con­ven­tional mid-sized SUVs’. The long, 2,990mm wheel­base cre­ates a vo­lu­mi­nous in­te­rior with a level of rear knee room usu­ally only found in full-size SUVs and lux­ury sa­loons.

Spa­cious, sporty

Jaguar’s brief for the I-Pace con­cept was to cre­ate a per­for­mance SUV that is spa­cious, sporty and use­able. The cab-for­ward lay­out cre­ates un­prece­dented in­te­rior space that is far larger than is pos­si­ble in ve­hi­cles pow­ered by in­ter­nal com­bus­tion.

The I-Pace con­cept ex­udes mus­cu­lar per­for­mance. The low bon­net, flanked by curv­ing wheel arches, com­bines sports car aes­thet­ics with an SUV’s pres­ence. A broad, dis­tinc­tive grille with a hexag­o­nal grid in gloss black re­tains a key el­e­ment of Jaguar de­sign DNA while also pro­vid­ing aero­dy­namic ben­e­fits.

The sharp styling of the I-Pace con­cept’s rear pro­vides a clear in­di­ca­tion of the ve­hi­cle’s dynamic po­ten­tial and ef­fi­ciency. A slen­der com­pos­ite spoiler en­hances the ve­hi­cle’s sport­ing char­ac­ter as well as re­duc­ing lift at higher speeds with­out gen­er­at­ing drag.

With its stream­lined pro­file, sweep­ing lines, large wheels and mus­cu­lar rear haunches, the I-Pace rep­re­sents a new gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric ve­hi­cles. Bring­ing to­gether hall­marks of the Jaguar brand with new lines, made pos­si­ble by the I-Pace con­cept’s state-of-the-art elec­tric pow­er­train, cre­ates a dynamic aes­thetic that ex­presses its per­for­mance, in­no­va­tion and style.

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