The new Jaguar I-Pace revealed, a first with Smartechnologies

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  • First picture of the Jaguar I-Pace being road-readied on route around Stratford
  • The Tesla-rivalling I-Pace is out on test ahead of its launch next year 
  • The £60,000 ‘supercar inspired’ SUV, will be put on sale next year
  • Jaguar promises a range of 310 mile and Zero to 62 mph in less than 4 seconds
  • More spacious than the current F-Pace 4×4, despite being smaller.

 

Jaguar is powering ahead with preparations for the launch of its first ever electric car the I-Pace next year. 

So much so, that a preview car has already been pictured driving on London’s roads without its disguise and long before the production model is officially unveiled.

Jaguar’s I-Pace is an all-electric SUV that’s due to go on sale in 2018, priced from around £60,000 and aimed at challenging Tesla and others.

And the I-Pace could come with Tesla-rivalling performance too. It will be powered by a pair of electric motors; one at each axle delivering 396 bhp and a 0 to 62 mph time of less than four seconds. Range is claimed to be around 310 miles.

The iconic British car manufacturer says its pictures show the I-Pace hitting the streets for the first time, using a route around Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.

And if it can repeat even some of the success of Jaguar’s first SUV, the F-Pace, then the Coventry-based car maker could be on to a winner. Jaguar’s figures show strong sales for the F-Pace since launch and its sales people have told us that it’s the vehicle that’s pulling new 17-plate buyers into the showrooms.

The I-Pace concept vehicle in this current state of development was shown in Europe for the first time last week at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. 

At 4.6 metres long and 1.9 metres wide, the overall footprint is smaller than the F-Pace and also Tesla’s Model X electric SUV.

However, because there’s no engine up front, Jaguar has taken advantage by extending the cabin – and front wheels – further forward making it more spacious inside than the compact dimensions suggest. 

That electrified thrust won’t be available in just short bursts, Jaguar promises. It says the 90 kWh lithium ion batteries can cover 310 miles on a full charge, however that’s when driving the European test cycle for measuring emissions and fuel economy – a fairly unrealistic interpretation of real world driving that certainly doesn’t include four second sprints to 62 mph. Expect a shorter range in reality.

That said, charging the I-Pace shouldn’t take long – Jaguar says it will reach 80 per cent charge in 90 minutes using a 50kW DC charger. 

With the SUV sector continuing to grow in the UK, Jaguar is entering the best market space to launch an all-electric model. The looks will certainly make it appealing, though we’ll have to wait for the production car to arrive if the range meets expectations, Smartech believes Jaguar is onto a winner.

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