Jaguar revealed its I-Pace concept last night (November 14), a high performance all-electric SUV which is expected to go on sale in 2018.
The new model is said to have a range of more than 300 miles, accelerate from 0-60 in four seconds and deliver agile driving dynamics.
“The I-Pace Concept represents the next generation of electric vehicle design. It’s a dramatic, future-facing cab-forward design with a beautiful interior – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA, electric technology and contemporary craftsmanship,” said Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar.
Its electric motors and 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack were designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover to give the best possible performance and range for most daily journeys.
For rapid charging, using a typical public 50kw DC charging network, 220 miles of range can be added in just two hours.
All four wheels are driven by two motors which are mounted on the front and rear axles, giving a combined output of 400PS and 700Nm of torque – the same torque rating as the F-Type SVR.
Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "This is an uncompromised electric vehicle designed from a clean sheet of paper: we’ve developed a new architecture and selected only the best technology available. The I-Pace concept fully exploits the potential EVs can offer in space utilisation, driving pleasure and performance."
The reveal was carried out using Virtual Reality (VR) and is believed to be the largest live and connected VR event of its type to date. Throughout the day more than 300 guests were transported into a specially created life-like virtual space, into which, two of the car’s creators, Ian Callum and Ian Hoban were projected.
From VR hubs in Los Angeles and London, groups of used VR headsets to put themselves inside the concept car and interact live with other participants.
VR content from the reveal will now be available on Viveport through a dedicated Jaguar app allowing consumers to experience the I-Pace Concept at home.