Future Cars: Jaguar’s Beautiful I-PACE Translated Into Production Form

Well, many certainly weren’t expecting that; I’m talking about Jaguar’s surprise all-electric, I-Pace reveal at last month’s Los Angeles International Motor Show. By gosh, it’s a beautiful looking thing; taking the best elements of the carmaker’s design language and applying them onto a svelte, coupe-like body.

Usually, things get lost in translation from concept to production guise; so departing from my spyshot-based tradition, I’ve rendered what a production version may look just by making a few ‘nip-tuck’ adjustments here and there.

Svelte Styling:

Fortunately, the I-Pace already has a rather production-ready shape. All that was needed was a subtle raise of the roof line, bigger mirrors, reshaped lower front and rear bumpers – plus some conventional door handles.

Many commentators weren’t so keen on the ‘mandatory-for-anything-electric’ blue accents around the lower portion of the body. So they have been removed and replaced with body-painted scollops that add dynamism to the side profile.

Revolutionary Cockpit:

As for the driver-orientated interior; expect the production version to closely mirror the concept, although the more abstract details are expected to make way for a more conventional appearance.

What it will retain is its 5-seat layout, impressive occupant space and luggage capability. That HUD and iPhone-mimicking haptic feedback is also welcome to stay. All in all, what you see plus some tweaks is what we’ll get.

Instant Torque:

The I-Pace’s electric powertrain is the other part of the jaw-dropping equation. It’ll be Jaguar’s first foray into a dedicated electric model.

Packing 400hp and 516 lb-ft, it should be no slouch with the 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint taking around four seconds. An expected range of 220 miles (350+ km) comes from a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack, suppling power for the two electric motors mounted on each axle.

All Paw Handling:

Along with performance, Jaguar has developed the I-Pace with handling prowess in mind; all-wheel-drive, double wishbone suspension up front and an integral link out back, should make the drive as exciting as it looks.

As for the production model launch, look for a reveal of the I-Pace in late 2017, with sales starting early 2018. There’s no word on pricing at this stage.

So there we have it; Tesla’s Model X finally has a competitor – one with some very sharp claws.

By Josh Byrnes

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  • ME

    I’m starting to see new Civic Hatch meets XE, not sure about this.

  • Astonman

    I saw the picture of the concept and didn’t care for it. Then I saw it at the LA car show. Changed my mind completely. Sporty and sexy. I like it.

  • WG

    I don’t like the design. Maybe it will grow on me, but i am not a big fan of the swoopy side profile.

  • Mr E Fella

    its not a good looking car. it looks like a dodge caliber. im sorry, but this looks wrong

  • rover10

    Fantastic product from front to rear. If ever there was a winner it’s this creation, and Jaguar will sell everyone they build. I’ve no doubt this will be the car to be seen driving, which may make it popular with lady drivers just as with the Evoc?

  • fabri99

    I love it. Something original by Jaguar… It was about time.

  • TheBelltower

    Knowing how bad Jaguar/Range Rover are with their electricals/electronics, the idea of an all-electric Jaguar scares the $hit out of me.

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