Jaguar has officially announced the reveal date of their first ever all-electric vehicle. The Jaguar I-Pace will break cover on 1 March ahead of its public premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. Jaguar’s electric SUV promises a fast charging of less than 45 minutes from a 100kW charger.
The British marquee showcased the I-Pace Concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show. The futuristic concept seemed like a promising rival to the Tesla Model X. Jaguar took great efforts in the development of the new I-Pace. The electric SUV was spotted testing on many occasions. The carmaker also claims to have scaled the Arctic for the cold weather testing of the I-Pace at the Arjeplog facility where the temperatures were as low as -40 degrees.
Jaguar chooses to remain discreet about the powertrain and performance details. What we know so far is that the I-Pace is developed ground-up while its powertrain is developed closely with Jaguar’s Formula E team. A pair of electric motor on each axle providing the radical SUV an all-wheel drive layout with a power output of around 400bhp and 700Nm of twisting force. The Lithium-Ion batteries have been developed in-house and use pouch cells for their energy density and efficiency. Hopefully more details will surface closer to the official reveal.
The I-Pace will also have its very own one-make championship called the I-Pace eTrophy later this year. Around 20 I-Pace race cars will take the grid for the inaugural season comprising of 10 events. The I-Pace is the first of the new breed electric SUV of the inevitable electric future. It will be joined by the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-Tron Sportback, BMW i5 and many more in the upcoming years.