Jaguar I-PACE Concept Hits the Streets of London

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Electric SUV concept is a preview of the production vehicle Jaguar will unveil late this year.

The I-PACE Concept gave us a glimpse of what an electric SUV from Jaguar could look like. The production version of it hasn’t hit dealership floors yet, but people in London recently got a glimpse of the future Jaguar rig when the automaker let the concept out on the streets of the city’s Olympic Park.

The second Jaguar SUV will be powered by a 90-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and front and rear electric motors that will generate a total of 394 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Getting to 60 mph from a dead stop will take around four seconds. According to the New European Driving Cycle’s numbers, the all-wheel-drive I-PACE will have a driving range north of 311 miles (500 km). When it’s time to charge up, it’ll only take 90 minutes of 50kW DC power to get the I-PACE’s battery to 80 percent full.

Jaguar’s decision to drive the I-PACE Concept around London was about more than just getting attention for the upcoming production model. It was also for research. According to Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, “Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside and in the real-world. You can see the true value of the I-PACE’s dramatic silhouette and powerful proportions when you see it on the road, against other cars.”

We’ll all get the chance to see how the production I-PACE looks next to other vehicles on the road after it goes on sale in the second half of 2018.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

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