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 contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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