Wheels Asia - - In the scene -

Rolls-royce to­day pub­lishes pho­to­graphs de­pict­ing the lat­est key mile­stone in the de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme of this new ‘all-ter­rain, high-sided ve­hi­cle’, the Cul­li­nan. This first full de­vel­op­ment ve­hi­cle will be­gin test­ing in pub­lic from to­mor­row. Ad­vo­cates of the mar­que have been shown the first en­gi­neer­ing mule built for the de­vel­op­ment of the new all-wheel drive sus­pen­sion sys­tem, as well as those cre­ated to test the all-new alu­minium ar­chi­tec­ture that will un­der­pin all Rolls-royces from 2018 on­wards.

This lat­est de­vel­op­ment ve­hi­cle will travel to nu­mer­ous lo­ca­tions around the world in a chal­leng­ing test­ing pro­gramme to en­sure that the end prod­uct will be ‘Ef­fort­less … Ev­ery­where’. Just af­ter Christ­mas, for ex­am­ple, Project Cul­li­nan will en­ter the Arc­tic Cir­cle to un­dergo cold weather dura­bil­ity and trac­tion test­ing. Later in 2017, it will travel to the Mid­dle East to en­dure the high­est of tem­per­a­tures and chal­leng­ing desert con­di­tions.

“This is an in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing mo­ment in the de­vel­op­ment of Project Cul­li­nan both for Roll­sroyce and for the pa­trons of lux­ury that fol­low us around the world,” com­ments Torsten Müller-ötvös, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Rolls-royce Mo­tor Cars. “Bring­ing to­gether the new four-wheel drive sys­tem and the new ‘ar­chi­tec­ture of lux­ury’ for the first time sets us on the road to cre­at­ing a truly authentic Roll­sroyce which, like its fore­bears, will re­set the stan­dard by which all other lux­ury goods are judged.” The Jaguar I-PACE Con­cept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. This is a pro­duc­tion pre­view of the Jaguar I-PACE, which will be re­vealed next year and on the road in 2018. Cus­tomers can reg­is­ter now at to be one of the first I-PACE own­ers.

Jaguar’s en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign teams have torn up the rule book to cre­ate a be­spoke elec­tric ar­chi­tec­ture, matched with dra­matic de­sign. The re­sult is a no­com­pro­mise smart, five seat sports car and a per­for­mance SUV in one.

The state-of-the-art elec­tric mo­tors and 90kwh lithium-ion bat­tery pack were de­signed in­house by Jaguar Land Rover to give the best pos­si­ble per­for­mance and range for most daily jour­neys. Where ever you are in the world you can sim­ply plug your car into a wall socket overnight, and have more than enough range to com­plete the av­er­age daily com­mute of around 50 km.

For rapid charg­ing, us­ing a typ­i­cal pub­lic 50 KW DC charg­ing network, a full charge will take just over 2 hours. Enough to de­liver more than 220 miles range (mea­sured on the US EPA test cy­cle) or more than 500 km range (mea­sured on the Euro­pean NEDC test cy­cle).

The I-PACE Con­cept trans­forms the elec­tric driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and of­fers the driver-fo­cused per­for­mance and re­sponse Jaguar is renowned for. To help de­liver this, the I-PACE has elec­tric mo­tors on the front and rear axles. Their com­bined out­put is 400PS and 700Nm of torque – the same torque rat­ing as the F-TYPE SVR.

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