Jaguar recently revealed its I-Pace at the 2016 LA Motor Show. This new model was shown as a concept previewing the brand’s first all-electric model due to go on sale in 2018. Interestingly though, prototypes wearing a modified F-Pace shell are already out in the wild, as seen in these spy shots.
Jaguar claims that the I-Pace will have at least a 450km of range on a single charge and it will be able to hit 100 kmph from standstill in around four seconds. A 90-kWh lithium ion battery sits between the axles, driving two rare earth magnetic electric motors for a total power output of 395bhp and 700Nm of torque. The I-Pace will be made using an all-new aluminium platform, and the compact size of the electric motors will allow plenty of space in the cabin.
Much of the car’s hardware will come from the F-Pace, including the double-wishbone front suspension and the compact integral link rear suspension. The Lithium-Ion batteries have been developed in-house and use pouch cells for their energy density and efficiency.
Jaguar is currently busy testing its electric propulsion tech. While we won’t see the car in production form until the end of 2017, it’s not expected to alter far beyond the show car and the I-Pace name will stick around as well. Jaguar has hinted that it will cost around 10-15 per cent more than an equivalent F-Pace.