While Tesla Motors struggles with delivery deadlines for their Model X that became very popular SUV, some other car manufacturers are trying to enter on all-electric crossover SUV territory. Jaguar has introduced a new I-Pace EV concept ahead of the 2016 Los Angeles auto show. The concept car is actually a preview of the production model that is going to hit the market sometime in 2018. The British automaker hasn’t confirmed the actual name of the upcoming EV, but we believe there will be no further changes, so it should be named the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace.
400 HP and All-Wheel Drive
If the carmaker doesn’t change anything, the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace will have a driving range of around 220 miles. It will use a 90-kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that’s going to power a pair of electric motors. Both motors feature 200 horsepower, so the overall output would be around 400 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Of course, there will be one on each axle, so the EV SUV comes with all-wheel drive only. According to jaguar, the car will have an impressive 0-60 sprint of around 4.0 seconds. This might seem the impossible at the first glance, but when you a very low center of gravity that will be around 4.7 inches lower from Jaguar’s current crossovers.
Now, no matter it sis presented as a SUV only, the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace won’t be the only electric vehicle from Jaguar. The platform actually supports both SUV and sedan, so it’s pretty clear that they won’t miss the chance to introduce the EV sedan as well.
Styling and Suspension
The design team was definitely inspired by the C-X75 supercar. The I-Pace concept gets the interesting cab-forward design and highly sculpted hood, along with steeply raked windshield. The rear end is also very aerodynamic and sports quite amazing styling tweaks. The rear vents will actually replace exhaust, and will be used to reduce drag.
The suspension system is quite familiar, because it’s already used for the F-Pace. The front end gets double wishbone, while the rear sports integral link that allows lateral and longitudinal stiffness.
Inside, the I-Pace crossover looks luxurious, but simply. It has a digital instrument cluster and a central touch-screen display, as well as a Meridian sound system. The carmaker hasn’t skipped the chance to add wood accents and illuminate LEDs.