Tearing up the rule book
THE Jaguar I- PACE Concept 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 result is an exceptional vehicle that combines an advanced cab- forward design inspired by the C- X75 supercar with the smooth silhouette of a coupe — in a five- seater SUV. The I- PACE Concept embodies the technological advances under its skin — and the Jaguar design team’s belief that consumers are ready for bolder electric vehicle designs.
“The opportunities offered by an electric powertrain are huge. Electric vehicles offer designers much greater freedom, and it is an opportunity we must grasp. This is why the I- PACE Concept is developed on a new architecture which has been designed to optimise electric vehicle performance, aerodynamics and interior space,” said Ian Callum, director of design, Jaguar.
“With the I- PACE Concept, the revolution is in the profile, not the design language. The profile is possible because this car is electric. It’s not just that we wanted to create something that was very different from anything else we do; we wanted the design to celebrate the new battery electric technology.
“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.”
A vehicle with proportions 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 . 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, 2 990 mm wheelbase creates a voluminous interior with a level of rear knee room usually only found in full- size SUVs and luxury saloons.
The five- seater I- PACE Concept is a clear statement of Jaguar’s plans for the production model with future- focused design pervading the open, spacious interior. It also showcases the blend of cutting- edge technologies and traditional materials that characterise Jaguar’s vision for electric luxury.
The I- PACE Concept’s range is more than 500 km on the European NEDC combined cycle and more than 350 km on the U. S. EPA cycle. With an average daily commute of 40 to 50 km, most customers will need to charge the car just once a week. The battery can be charged at public charging stations, a dedicated wall box at home, or simply using conventional domestic power sockets.
Charging is easy and quick, with 80% charge achieved in 90 minutes and 100% in just over two hours using 50 kW DC charging.
“Electric vehicles are inevitable — Jaguar will make them desirable. Zero emission cars are here to stay and the I- PACE Concept is at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle revolution,” said Ian Hoban, vehicle line director, Jaguar Land Rover. “As the charging infrastructure continues to develop globally — and with enough range to mean most people would only need to charge once a week — cars like the I- PACE Concept will make drivers appreciate that an EV can be rewarding and practical enough to drive every day.” — WR.
NICK ROGERS group engineering director, Jaguar Land Rover ‘ It is my belief that over the next five years we will see more changes in the automotive world than in the last three decades. The future is about being more connected and more sustainable; electrification and lightweight tech are becoming more important as urbanisation increases.’
The Jaguar I- PACE Concept design has more in common with the C- X75 mid- engine supercar than conventional SUVs.