Jaguar’s first ever electric car is, of course, an SUV, the most popular global car segment and fastest growing, whether you like it or not. Due to go on sale in 2018, the five-seater, which will give Tesla’s Model X a run for its money, has a predicted range of 220 miles. Electric motors at the front and rear axles give a combined output of 394bhp and 516b ft of torque, and mean a 0-60mph acceleration time of 4.0 seconds.
Jaguar has called the I-Pace a “radical departure for electric vehicles. It’s a dramatic, future-facing design”. Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, called the I-Pace the most important car for Jaguar since the E-Type. “It opens a new chapter in the history of our legendary brand”, he said.
The I-Pace will be built on an entirely new architecture, which will form the basis for electric Land Rovers and Jaguars coming down the line. Its “cab-forward” sporty design takes cues from the C-X75 supercar and frees up a lot of space inside, aided by a longer wheelbase on a shorter body than the F-Pace. Prices will start at about £55,000.