LIKE it or not, the SUV and crossover market boom is continuing to grow.
Enthusiasts might not be keen on traditionally sporty manufacturers entering the 4x4 market, but who can blame them when it’s so lucrative?
With the electric vehicle market also seeing heavy investment, the Jaguar I-Pace is something of an inevitability. Joining the F- and E-Pace in the brand’s SUV line-up, the all-electric I-Pace SUV will hit the market next year.
So far we’ve only seen the concept, but it’s not far off the finished product, and with production already starting on the model that’ll hit forecourts we can expect a full reveal soon. Here’s what we know so far…
It’s Jaguar’s first EV
The British car maker wasn’t happy to settle for simply chucking some batteries into an F-Pace and calling it a day – the I-Pace is built on a totally fresh electric car architecture.
One positive outcome of this is likely to be increased cabin space as there will be no transmission tunnel.
It could have a Velar-like interior
The new Range Rover Velar gets a lovely, modern interior that’s dominated by two large touch-screens in the dashboard. Judging by the concept, this will be carried over to the Jaguar I-Pace for a minimalist, modern dashboard design.
It’ll have a 310-mile range
Arguably the biggest barrier EVs face is that of range anxiety – the fear of running out of juice with nowhere to recharge.
However, more and more cars are now offering a range of more than 200 miles making it that less of a problem.
Jaguar claims to be taking that one step further, with a range in excess of 300 miles. It reckons the average driver could charge “just once a week”.
It’ll be quicker than your average EV
One of the advantages of electric motors is the instant torque, which Tesla has been using to create devastatingly fast electric cars.
Some manufacturers tune this out for economy reasons, but Jaguar reckons its electric SUV will be able to sprint to 60mph in under four seconds.
Two electric motors will provide 395bhp and 700Nm of torque.
It uses motorsport technology
Jaguar’s entry into the all-electric Formula E championship has accelerated research into EV drivetrains.
It says that the liquid-cooled 90kWh lithium-ion battery, electric motor design and heat management systems have all benefitted from going racing.