Jaguar’s All-Electric I-Pace Enters Final Development Phase

Jaguar has been working for some time now on their first all-electric model, the I-Pace SUV, with the company taking it now to its Nurburgring test facility.

The highly anticipated Tesla Model X rival will retain the concept’s looks, with Jaguar only making small adjustments for the production version. Set to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the upcoming I-Pace will also get a set of door handles that sit flush with the bodywork when not in use, a feature also seen on the Range Rover Velar.

Most of the details of the electric powertrain are also already known, with the I-Pace using an electric motor on each axle, making it effectively an all-wheel drive vehicle as well as providing a total of 400PS (395hp) and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque.

A 90kWh battery pack will provide the juice, with Jaguar targeting an official NEDC-rated driving range of more than 310 miles (500km) on a full charge. In the most realistic EPA tests, the British zero-emissions SUV will be capable of 220 miles (354 km). Compatibility with a 50kW DC fast-charger means that the new I-Pace will need 90 minutes to reach an 80 percent charge of its battery. Jaguar expects a 0-62mph (100km/h) in around four seconds.

The cabin will allegedly offer seating for five, with impressive room for occupants and their luggage thanks to the clever packaging, while the dashboard will incorporate the latest screen technologies and connectivity features.

Prices are estimated to start from $70,000, with Jaguar initiating production at the Magna Steyr’s factory in Austria early next year.

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  • SteersUright

    Although to me it looks goofy, this Jag is shaping up to be the first real challenger to Tesla’s dominance in the performance EV luxury market. Jaguar isn’t top in the luxury game, but they are certainly more of an established and trusted brand than Tesla, which is still relatively new. I wonder how things will begin to shake out in this segment. It’ll all be over for Tesla once MB, Porsche, Audi and Lexus enter the fold, though, sadly as I am a huge fan of Elon Musk and his agenda.

    • Sébastien

      but 50kW charging is too slow… Tesla SuperChargers are in the 150, and will be +300 soon

      • SteersUright

        Interesting, thanks for pointing that out. I wonder if Tesla has some proprietary stuff going on with charging & battery tech? I certainly hope so, I want to see them do well.

        • Sébastien

          I hope Jaguar will strike a deal with Tesla (they made the proposal to open access to their SC to other car makers)

          • SteersUright

            I keep reading one auto manufacturer or another has plans to acquire or partner with Tesla. I think once it was Toyota, then BMW, then I don’t recall which others wanted to share tech.

          • Sébastien

            I was only thinking in the sense of using their SuperCharger network, not more

      • Anders Skar

        The I-Pace will have minimum 120kW charging. The 50kW is just based on what they had available to test before the car was launched last year.

    • Bash

      I couldn’t say it better, that’s so true.

    • fabri99

      In my opinion whether it will “all be over for Tesla” or not depends on Musk himself. To compete with the established brands, Tesla has to focus on pioneering, exploring new fields and always being a step ahead. They are still quite new as a brand, but they are settling really fast and the name “Tesla” is becoming a status symbol, so I don’t think it will be that easy for Mercedes, BMW and Audi to stop Musk. We’ll see…

      • Carenthusiast

        You are absolutely right on that.

      • SteersUright

        I truly hope you are right. As mentioned before, I am a huge fan and would love to see Tesla do very well!

        • fabri99

          I on the other hand never really loved Tesla. Anyway, some competition will do good, so yeah, I hope they will still be there in the future.

  • The-Fez

    Boy, that camo sure does a good job of making this thing look like a crap heap.

    But we all know it’s most likely going to be sexy.

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