Tear­ing up the rule book

The Witness - Wheels - - ELECTRIC -

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.’

PHOTO: JAGUAR

The Jaguar I- PACE Con­cept de­sign has more in com­mon with the C- X75 mid- en­gine su­per­car than con­ven­tional SUVs.

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