Tesla’s Model X may soon be facing some stiff competition from the I-Pace, Jaguar’s first all-electric SUV. The concept car which was earlier today through world's first social VR reveal boasts of two electric motors to supply a total of 394 horsepower and 516 foot- pounds of torque through Jaguar’s all-wheel drive system, enough to propel the car from 0-60mph in less than 5 seconds.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: “The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of electric vehicle design. It’s a dramatic, future-facing cab-forward design with a beautiful interior – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA, electric technology and contemporary craftsmanship.
“Our virtual reality reveal today has pushed technology boundaries as well, and captures the hi-tech essence of the concept car. We only have one concept car and it is in LA for the reveal. For the first time, VR has allowed us share it across the globe in the most immersive way possible.”
Celebrities and guests gathered at VR hubs across Los Angeles and London used HTC’s state of the art Vive Business Edition headsets to interact with the concept car and with other participants. Guests also experienced 'sitting' on the concept’s virtual seats.
Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "This is an uncompromised electric vehicle designed from a clean sheet of paper: we’ve developed a new architecture and selected only the best technology available. The I-PACE Concept fully exploits the potential EVs can offer in space utilisation, driving pleasure and performance."
The ultra-modern 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack was developed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover to provide the best possible performance and range. For rapid charging, using a 50 Kilowatt DC charging network, a full charge will take just over 2 hours which Jaguar claims is enough to deliver more than 220 miles range.
The I-Pace will also benefit from extra boot and passenger space, thanks to the space recovered from where the traditional drive train would have been. This puts it in the same class as some larger SUVs in terms of space.
Ian Callum added, “The interior of the I-PACE Concept is finished with beautiful, premium materials and an unwavering attention to detail. Throughout the interior you will discover a host of beautiful details to surprise and delight. From the expansive panoramic glass roof to the sporting, beautifully finished seats, every feature bears the hallmark of British craftsmanship.
“And there is digital craftsmanship too, with two touch screens serving up information when and where you need it, limiting distraction and improving the driving experience”
The Jaguar I-pace is set to be available at showrooms in 2018 and be on the road in the second half of the year. Those who want to be the first owners of the I-pace are encouraged to go on to the Jaguar website and click the ‘I want one’ button.
The I-Pace is certainly set to be a hot favourite among customers if the sales of the F-Pace is anything to go by! Meanwhile, if you are looking for something to tie you over why not head over to www.lookers.co.uk to start your search.