We reach partially into the future this week for our featured video. Looking into the future of Jaguar, we see this short film of the Jaguar I-PACE Concept subtitled “Electrifying Performance”.
Thanks to I-PACE Concept’s electric-only platform, our engineers were able to focus on the best possible performance package for this zero tailpipe emissions vehicle. Generating a combined 400PS and 700Nm of instant torque, the first all-electric Jaguar can achieve genuinely breathtaking sports car acceleration, with 0-60mph in around 4.0 seconds and a range of 500km.
According to Jaguar, the I-PACE Concept has been designed to accommodate a large lithium-ion battery pack to alleviate any issues with the vehicle’s range. It uses the very latest pouch cell technology and the pack is rated at 90kWh. In simple terms, this means I‑PACE Concept will be able to travel much further before re-charging. Its range has been calculated at 500km on the European test cycle (or 220 miles on the US cycle). That’s a perfectly suitable range for the vast majority of drivers’ daily commutes, while others will only have to re-charge once a week.
To make room for this large battery pack between the wheels, the front and rear wheel axles have been pushed forward and aft. As a happy consequence, this design approach also frees up space for the driver and four passengers inside.
As this is an uncompromised electric vehicle we are able to achieve a space utilisation which is unknown so far in cars of this size. I‑PACE Concept’s exterior length is within a millimetre or so of the Jaguar XE but the interior length – from the accelerator pedal to the inside of the tailgate – is in-between a Range Rover and a Range Rover Long Wheelbase. Beyond a bigger interior, this long wheelbase gives the advantage of a stable ride too.
Dr Wolfgang Ziebart — Jaguar Land Rover Technical Design Director
Owing to the battery pack being placed low down in the vehicle, I‑PACE Concept has a positively low center of gravity. When allied to the typical quality of a Jaguar double-wishbone front, and integral link rear suspension, the result is a great driving experience that current Jaguar drivers will already be familiar with.
The lack of a combustion engine in this electric Jaguar means there’s no need for a transmission tunnel protruding into the cabin either. Passengers will benefit hugely from the extra space created by the new flat-floor layout and Jaguar’s designers have seized upon this opportunity by adding storage spaces in the front and back of the cabin’s interior. But through clever packaging of the vehicle’s electric components, there’s still a very good-sized boot.
For more information on the Jaguar I-PACE, please check out Jaguar’s official site.