Saturday 22 July 2017

First electric Jaguar - I-Pace SUV - could be charging out of Irish showrooms by early 2018

The I-Pace concept version
The I-Pace concept version
The I-Pace could be on sale in Ireland in a little over a year
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

The first electric Jaguar, the I-Pace, could be on sale in Ireland in a little over a year, local sources confirmed to Independent Motors.

The production car, a rival to Tesla's Model X, will be revealed later next year and will be ready to go on sale here in early 2018.

The I-Pace concept version (pictured), on which the new car will be based is revealed this week - and is making its official debut at the Los Angeles motor show.

It is a high-performance electric SUV prototype with an electric motor on each axle (so it is all-wheel drive), a 90kWh battery and seating for five.

It will have a range of more than 500km on one charge, according to Jaguar.

A 50kW direct current (DC) charging point can boost the battery to 80pc in 90 minutes and fully charge it in slightly more than two hours via a socket in the front wing.

Each electric motor produces the equivalent of 197bhp - making a total output of 395bhp. And Jaguar's claimed 0-100kmh time for the car is around four seconds.

The great thing about electric power is that it gives an immediate response so you get massive lift-off and the sort of acceleration you'd normally only get from high-powered supercars.

The twin-electric motors also generate a whopping 700Nm of torque (pulling power) - which is the same as the SVR version of the crackling F-TYPE sports car.

They say they have torn up the rule book with this as part of the revolution that has taken the marque from turning out classic saloons and sports cars to making SUVs and electric vehicles.

And they promise it will look, and drive, different to anything else on the road.

The electric motors and 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack were designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover.

Inside the I-Pace, we are promised a radical, new-look cabin, materials and design as well as two touchscreens.

The company says inside and out mark a profound change in nearly every traditional Jaguar ingredient.

And while concepts can be fanciful, it is often the case that many elements in them do not make it to the final, production vehicle.

In the case of the I-Pace, however, it is expected that most of this concept's main features will be carried over to the road-going version. It is awfully early to be talking about price and such but there are unconfirmed reports of a 10/15pc premium on the F-Pace SUV (currently from €44,100), though I wouldn't put too much credence on such speculation.

Key rivals for the first electric Jaguar will include the Tesla Model X, Audi's e-tron and the Mercedes Generation EQ in production guise.

The Jaguar concept's architecture uses a lot of aluminium and the frame that holds the battery pack is an integral part of the body structure.

* Meanwhile, in another example of the 'revolution' taking place at traditional marques, Alfa Romeo will show its first SUV, the Stelvio, at the Los Angeles show today.

The car is due to go on sale some time next summer.

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