New Electric Jaguar I-Pace Crossover Concept Is The Brand’s Future [Live Photos]

The Jaguar I-Pace Concept is the biggest sign of company’s move into electric vehicles – and perhaps the most significant attempt at making a pretty car that just happens to be electric.

Unveiled Tuesday at a Jaguar event ahead of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show using both virtual reality goggles and sitting on a turntable, the I-Pace was shown to journalists in the flesh, presented in part by designer Ian Callum.

The Jaguar Design Director explained the intentional move to make a sporty little SUV with a cab forward design to take advantage of the superior packaging of putting the batteries under the floor. It’s a little weird, but special-looking like a Jaguar should be.
 

While the company’s officials are adamant it’s an SUV, the I-Pace looks like an SUV in the same way the Infiniti QX30 and Mercedes-Benz GLA do, and they look like hatchbacks. The sharply sloped rear glass and stubby deck make it look sedan-like from some angles. But overall, it’s an attractive car that should still look attractive when it’s toned down slightly for production.

The benefit of all this, however, is that there is a lot of space inside, far more than its footprint implies. A panoramic roof gives off on the concept gives off an airy feel, too. Legroom is said to be on par with rivals from the midsize class and the cargo hold is surprisingly long and deep. The I-Pace looks to be an immensely practical package.
 

Powering the concept are electric motors at the front and rear axles. The two motors produce a combined 400 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque with permanent all-wheel drive. A 90kW battery and rapid charging allow for a targeted 500 kM range  (310 miles) – in the ballpark of what the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt target.

Also pulling a page from Tesla, Jaguar is already taking reservations on their website, Jaguar.com, although they aren’t taking $1,000 deposits for the car that’s about two years away from dealerships. Still, it’s likely this will be the first Jaguar with a big online sales push.
 

Jaguar officials said the production I-Pace would be shown next year at an auto show, with the car set to go on sale in the second half of 2018 – in all 50 U.S. states, too. It may be a brother to the hot-selling F-Pace, but the I-Pace is so much more than a small Jaguar SUV. Its style, packaging and whole mission in life will be significant towards securing JLR’s future in an increasingly electrified automotive world – and a truly desirable luxury EV, at that.

Photos: Zac Estrada and Jaguar

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  • SIT KNEES TO CHIN.

  • Bash

    speechless.. this is nice really..

  • ME

    It needs more curves or shall I say sex appeal for the outside. otherwise it looks more like an Infiniti.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Nicer than I expected. Really does not need the grille – they should have done something cleverer.

  • Bob

    This is the oldest-looking brand new concept ever. Not ugly at all by the way, still beautiful but…

  • António

    It could be the new DS5… Nice interior though

  • Mark S

    WOW! Just wow! Model what? Musk just crapped his pants!

  • roy

    build it and i’ll buy it

  • surfshop

    Definitely meets with my approval

  • benT

    CONcept.
    what a bore.

  • JAYP

    Jaguar design brief : “copy BMW i-3” … you can do better

  • So they know how to design an interior that looks good… WTF are they waiting for????

  • MarketAndChurch

    I’d get it over the i3, very cool concept, though the front end is too generic and would have been better had they gone for a grille-less design.

  • rover10

    Striking and possibly 85% feasible for production. I wonder if it could be a standalone sport coupe in addition to the E-Pace?

  • donald seymour

    Not impress at all.

    • Bash

      why?

      • donald seymour

        In my opinion it’s not a bad vehicle its just uninspiring.

  • Dennis James

    An electric car that looks good. So it can be done !

  • Sébastien

    Not too futuristic but nice looking, please JLR don’t put fabric on the seats and dashboard!

  • TheHake

    Wow! I really really like this! Might even change my mind about electric cars.

  • Sweet Lord this is amazing!!!!!!

  • This could be a kick-ass A-Class/A3 competitor, just shrunk a bit..

  • Gish

    To my eyes, totally unoriginal.

    Take away the badge an it could be the new i3.
    Hell it could be any new electric car that takes it cues from mixing i3 and i8 styling.

    There’s nothing about this that says Jaguar. Even with modern Jaguar, it’s only the rear light signature that slightly hints at it.

    More Jaaaag needed.

  • Maa_4861

    It looks like a step back from the f pace concept. I like it and don’t like is at the same time (if thats possible).

  • I know its electric, but why do car manufacturers feel the need to put blue stripes everywhere whenever they release an electric version? We know its electric, get over it.

  • ErnieB

    Love it! A concept that can realistically be a production car.. that interior is the shit! Well done jag!

  • fabri99

    I quite like it, surprisingly. I didn’t expect Jaguar to actually make something that looked…different.

  • KidRed

    Finally, an EV with a grill instead of a wall of painted sheetmetal. Not perfect but very nice indeed.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    i thought EVs don’t need air intakes tho LOL
    the Model S/X will always be imitated but never duplicated

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