Barely a week after Jaguar unveiled a production preview of its all-electric performance sports utility vehicle – the new Jaguar I-Pace Concept – at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, further details were revealed.
Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth told Automotive News Europe in an interview that contract manufacturer Magna Steyr will build the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV at its production facilities in Graz, Austria. It can be remembered that Jaguar Land Rover, in 2015, entered an agreement to contract Magna Steyr to build two of its future models.
At the time, the British carmaker had yet to reveal which vehicles would be built by Magna. However, it was widely expected that one of these future models would be the fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery and an electric vehicle. Speth’s words confirmed that the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV would be one of the two vehicles to be built by Magna, but did not confirm the identity of the second model.
Interestingly, Jaguar Land Rover will commence sales of the new Jaguar I-Pace in 2018, which is the same year that Tesla and Audi are launching their own electric SUVs – the Model X and the Q6. This indicates how Jaguar Land Rover is willing to face off Tesla and Audi in the electric car market.
The Jaguar I-Pace shown at the LA Auto Show is aimed at showing that it is not only a sporty SUV but is able usable and practically spacious. This was thanks to its cab-forward configuration as well as to the located long wheelbase of 2,990 mm (117.72 inches) and a footprint of 4,680 mm x 1,890 mm (184.25 inches x 74.41 inches).
In addition, the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV -- despite having raked glass in the rear – is offering a luggage space of 530 liters (18.71 cu. ft.) as well as 28 liters (1 cu. ft.) of cargo room on the front.
For better performance and excellent response, the electric motors of the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV is located on the front axle and the rear axle – delivering an astonishing combined output of 400 hp (298 kW) and torque of 516 lb.-ft. (700 Nm). But considering that the timing of its release coincides with the Tesla Model X and the Audi Q6, the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV is behind its rivals in terms of power.
This amount of power is sent to all wheels for optimal traction, allowing the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds. Power to the motors is supplied by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Magna Steyr is now expanding its production facility in Graz to accommodate the production of Jaguar Land Rover’s two new model lines. The contract manufacturer also builds models for other carmakers like the Mini Countryman and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.