LONDON -- Jaguar touted design, a roomy interior and fast-charging as game-changing features in its I-Pace full-electric crossover.
Design Director Ian Callum said the I-Pace’s electric drivetrain gave stylists unprecedented freedom. "Starting with a clean sheet enabled the dramatic cab-forward profile, unique proportions and exceptional interior space," Callum said.
"We wanted to design the world’s most desirable EV, and I’m confident we’ve met that challenge," he said in a statement Thursday as the automaker unveiled to I-Pace during a Web livestreaming event ahead of the car's public debut at the Geneva auto show next week.
The production i-Pace closely follows the design of the concept unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, blending the height and angular lines of an SUV with a coupe-like profile.
It is built on a new aluminum architecture that packages its 90kWh lithium-ion battery, containing 432 pouch cells, under the floor between the two axles. The arrangement allowed Jaguar to design a car with short hood, roomy cabin and a more aerodynamically efficient squared-off rear end.
Jaguar says that the I-Pace’s interior space, matches that of a large SUV. It's similar in length to Jaguar’s XE midsize sedan at 4682mm (184 inches). The Tesla Model X is much longer at 5052mm (199 inches), which puts it in a bigger category. The Jaguar sits on 22-inch wheels to increase the height to 1595mm, (63 inches) but is still lower than the Tesla Model X at 1684mm (66 inches).
The I-Pace uses an electric motor on each axle to give the car four-wheel-drive. The combined power output is 394 hp, giving an acceleration time of 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) in 4.5 seconds.
The batteries can be recharged to an 80 percent charge in 85 minutes on a 50kW charger, Jaguar said. The car is also compatible with DC 100kw rapid chargers, which half the charge time.
The I-Pace's total range on a single charge is 480 km (298 miles) based on the new WLTP protocols, which began to replace the more generous NEDC measurement system last September in Europe.