London’s Olympic Park was the venue for the debut of Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, the I-PACE, in early March.
The futuristic SUV is said to have received “fantastic” feedback, according to Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design. “It has surprised people and the enthusiasm for our first electric vehicle has been beyond all my expectations,” he added.
Callum said the company had ‘torn up the rule book’ in developing the I-PACE, combining “supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package.”
The I-PACE is looking to change the face of battery-powered motoring. A long-distance sprinter that accelerates to 60mph in around four seconds, it’s hoped it will have a range of more than 300 miles between charges of its 90kWh lithium-ion battery.
Packing up to 400PS (394bhp in old money) and with tremendous pulling power from all speeds, courtesy of 700Nm maximum torque, the i-PACE promises to be “a true Jaguar and a true drivers’ car”.
The batteries promise to load up to 80 per cent of their capacity in 90 minutes when using a 50kW DC charging supply. Battery pack and motors have been developed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover at its Coventry base.
On the inside, the I-PACE features premium materials, and a range of tactile design details which are said to highlight British craftsmanship at its best. The car also sets standards digitally, with two touchscreens to provide information to the driver wherever and whenever they need it.
All this, along with room for five…
You can expect the I-PACE to hit the showroom of Swansway Jaguar in Crewe by the middle of next year, but would-be owners wanting to get onto the waiting list can come and visit us at our brand, spanking new showroom on Beswick Drive, Crewe – we’re right on Crewe Green roundabout, just a short hop from Crewe railway station.