Electric SUV takes aim at Tesla
- Modern, stylish looks
- Claimed 220-mile range
- Low tax bills at current rates
- Should be very fast
- List price expected to be above £60k
- Jaguar's electrical reliability not best
Welcome to the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV, albeit in camouflage snapped on the road in LA ahead of its official unveiling. It's set to hit Jaguar showrooms from 2018.
This clever packaging been achieved by strategic positioning of its motors and battery packs. It makes use of Jaguar Land Rover's aluminium platform expertise, and houses two electric motors for a promised range of 220 miles on a single charge.
Indeed, during testing in the USA, Jaguar claims that its development drivers completed a 200-mile jaunt on a single charge.
Quick recharging is promised too. While there's no indication from Jaguar as to what constitutes 'quick', an 80% charge in 30 minutes would be indicative of the current capability of rival vehicles.
Since the I-Pace doesn't emit any carbon dioxide, it'll sit in relatively low VED and BIK tax thresholds for this size of car. Well, that's until such tax loopholes are tightened, but that's unlikely to occur for at least the next couple of years.
We're not expecting the cabin design to differ too much from the original I-Pace Concept unveiled at the LA auto show in 2016.
Interior of the Jaguar I-Pace Concept car:
However, it'll also get approximately 400hp, which means it's going to be a seriously speedy SUV. Indications are that it won't match the Ferrari-baiting performance of the Tesla Model X, but it's likely it'll cover 0-62mph in around 4.0 seconds.
Its sportiness was reinforced at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show when Jaguar confirmed an I-Pace racing series to support the Formula E electric single-seater championships.
Jaguar has yet to announce prices for the production version of the I-Pace, but in their early passenger ride article our colleagues at CAR suggest that it will be around £60,000.
We're expecting pricing and specification information to appear in March 2018 when order books open.
Keep an eye out for the full Parkers Jaguar I-Pace review coming soon