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JAGUAR UN­VEILS ALL-ELEC­TRIC I-PACE CON­CEPT, SLATED FOR PRO­DUC­TION IN 2018. MERCEDES-AMG UN­VEILS E63 EX­EC­U­TIVE SA­LOON CA­PA­BLE OF HUGE SPEED.

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Jaguar has un­veiled the I-pace, an all-elec­tric con­cept car that will go into pro­duc­tion in 2018.

It may look like a large hatch­back, but it’s ac­tu­ally a medium-sized SUV, and will be Jaguar’s first all-elec­tric car ever. Cer­tainly, we think you’ll agree with us that Jaguar has done a good job with the looks of the thing.

But the de­sign goes fur­ther than the looks of the I-pace. Be­cause there’s no petrol en­gine, Jaguar has been able to in­crease the cabin size while keep­ing the ex­te­rior pro­por­tions rel­a­tively small. The lack of a big en­gine also al­lowed Jaguar’s de­sign­ers to cre­ate the swoop­ing good looks that are nor­mally typ­i­cal of much sportier cars.

The in­te­rior is de­cid­edly fu­tur­is­tic, build­ing on the de­sign lan­guage of Jaguar’s lat­est mod­els but bring­ing them firmly into the elec­tric era. There are screens ev­ery­where, but un­like most con­cept cars, the in­te­rior looks com­fort­able and wel­com­ing, rather than cold and tech­ni­cal—it’s a neat trick to have pulled off.

Power comes from two elec­tric mo­tors— one at the rear axel, one at the front—kick­ing out about 200 bhp each and, be­tween them 700 Nm of torque. That means a 0-100 km/h time in the range of about 5 se­conds. Cer­tainly, the I-pace should live up to Jaguar’s rep­u­ta­tion for cre­at­ing sporty cars.

And don’t think that, be­cause the car is all-elec­tric, the I-pace will have plenty of per­for­mance but no stamina. Jaguar is claim­ing a range of up to 400 km. That means that, even in a city as car-re­liant as Dubai, the car should be pretty us­able.

And be­fore you roll your eyes and claim that pro­duc­tion cars never turn out like the con­cepts they were based on, in­dus­try in­sid­ers claim there’s ev­i­dence that the I-pace will look pretty much the same as this con­cept when it goes into pro­duc­tion. What’s more, Jaguar has a pretty good track record of turn­ing its stun­ning con­cepts into re­al­ity.

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