The I-Pace concept marks the start of a new era for Jaguar. The innovative design and new technologies in the concept set a new “template” for the rest of the industry to follow.
Personal transportation is rapidly changing and will change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50 years. Jaguar has always been prepared for change and is ready to give its customers smarter, cleaner and efficient technology.
The I-Pace is a preview of a production car that will hit the roads in mid 2018. Its groundbreaking design makes it's the smartest five seater sportscar, a performance car and a family suv all in one. True Jaguar performance and competitive range and charging times will make it the first proper alternative to an SUV.
The design team at Jaguar have taken advantage of the new technologies and the opportunities presented to them by the electric engine. The I-Pace features a cab-forward sporty driving position, seemingly endless interior space, instant acceleration and zero emissions.
The I-Pace has over 300 miles of range and can charge to 80% in just 90 minutes. Inside the I-Pace uses premium materials that show off British craftsmanship. Two touchscreens, an infotainment system and virtual instrument cluster, deliver information to the driver where and when it's needed.
The Jaguar design team have also chosen authentic materials for a unique look: dark, unvarnished walnut veneers sit flush with metal inserts to create seamless, textural contrasts.
The interior is completed by a full-length panoramic glass roof, which floods the interior with natural light.
“Now, if you give a designer a natural proportion of a sports car, they will tend towards a mid-cabin. We like the idea that people are sitting between the wheels. The old-fashioned notion was of people sitting behind the wheels, as it was with a horse and carriage. Suddenly, cars took on a completely new proportion in designers’ eyes. Mid-cabin is now the default silhouette designers want. IAN CALLUM, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, JAGUAR.”
The I-Pace is packed with proven Jaguar technology and features exceptional ride quality and a 0-60 time of around 4 seconds.
To reach this goal, the I-Pace has two compact electric motors designed by Jaguar Land Rover. They are integrated into the axels and offer a combined output of 400PS and 700Nm of torque, matching the F-Type SVR.
“Electric motors provide immediate response with no lag, no gearshifts and no interruptions. Their superior torque delivery compared to internal combustion engines transforms the driving experience. With 700Nm and the traction benefits of all-wheel drive, the I-PACE Concept accelerates from 0-60mph in around four seconds,” says Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director at Jaguar Land Rover.
The I-Pace is more that just a concept and marks a departure from the C-X prefix that Jaguar use for concepts. Efficient electric vehicles mean more range between charges and less range anxiety. The I-Pace is extremely aerodynamic.
“Aerodynamics is a huge challenge. You can’t deny physics and it’s always a sign of a good designer to ensure that the aero is as efficient as it can be within all the constraints, remembering, of course, that one of the constraints is the aesthetic.“It helped that the car was a whole new type of vehicle and there are no previous references. The profile helps the aero tremendously. If it was a very square, linear car - with vertical lines - the aero becomes naturally much more difficult. The back of the car relative to the front is very high and that is purely driven by the physics.What air does when it leaves the car is actually the most difficult part to control. The back of the car especially was determined by aero requirements.” IAN CALLUM, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, JAGUAR.”