The Jaguar I-Pace has been getting a lot of attention since the concept made its debut at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. And just a few months following its debut, it went all the way to Geneva with a new wardrobe. Along the change of look was a number of teasers released by the company.
Is this some kind of a clue that the I-Pace is entering production? Well, according to rumours lately, a production model of the electric SUV is scheduled to attend the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this autumn. Now, who isn’t excited for that?
According to Ian Callum, Design Chief of Jaguar, the production model should retain 80 percent of the concept’s styling and design. So we should expect minimal changes in terms of the look of the car. Furthermore, the near production model shows a sloped rear and an aggressive fascia similar to the concept we saw in some of the spy shots.
Though the I-Pace may seem a bit smaller than the F-Pace, don’t get fooled because with a 115mm wheelbase that’s longer than that of an F-Pace, it actually has more room inside - giving it an extra 10mm more knee room than a BMW 7 series.
Similar to the F-Pace, the concept comes with a bold front grilled framed by slim lights with double J-blades to establish the brand’s design. The five-door SUV will have a coupe-like profile with sweeping lines and tapered waistline. LED taillights are squared off but it still follows the design of the XE, and XF models.
Inside the cabin is a set of leather seats. The I-Pace will also be equipped with three screens according to Callum: a 12-inch HD screen that displays instruments, another 12-inch touchscreen on the center console, and a 5.5-inch touchscreen just below it.
The electric SUV will come with a 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 516 pound-feet (700 Nm) of torque powertrain, supported by a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and two electric motors on each axle. On full charge, it can reach more than 220 miles of range. The all-wheel drive can reach 60 miles per hour from zero in just about four seconds.
The I-Pace is set to be produced at Magna Steyr’s factory in Austria by the start of next year, and sales will probably begin later that year. Though there has been no mention on the price of this model, estimates suggest that it will come with a price tag of around $70,000 (£55,000) when it reaches showrooms. In fact, as early as now, Jaguar has already been getting details from prospect buyers. It seems like 2018 will be a great year for Jaguar.