Jaguar reveals radical I-Pace electric SUV concept

Jaguar has taken the wraps off its new I-Pace Concept, which previews a production electric SUV scheduled to go on sale in various markets – including South Africa – in 2018.

According to the British automaker, the I-Pace hits 100 km/h from standstill in a little over four seconds, yet has a claimed range of more than 500 km thanks to its 90 kWh battery.

The all-wheel drive I-Pace Concept features electric motors on the front and rear axles, with a combined output of 294 kW and 700 N.m. The electric motors and lithium-ion battery pack were designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar says its engineering and design teams have “torn up the rule-book to create a bespoke electric architecture, matched with dramatic design. The result is a no-compromise smart, five-seat sports car and a performance SUV in one”.

Expect the I-Pace to take on the Tesla Model X, and slot into Jaguar’s line-up above the F-Pace.

The concept will make its first public physical appearance at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The production Jaguar I-Pace, meanwhile, will be revealed next year and be on the road in 2018.