Jaguar revealed a 400 horsepower all-electric concept SUV last week. A production version is expected to be available some time in 2018. It will be Jaguar’s first electric vehicle and only its second SUV ever.
The all-wheel-drive I-Pace should have an EPA-estimated driving range of 220 miles, according to Jaguar Land Rover, which makes Jaguar cars.The crossover SUV was unveiled in an international press conference that included a virtual reality presentation. While reporters in both London and Los Angeles were able to see a computer-drawn virtual reality presentation, those in L.A. were presented with an actual concept vehicle driven out onto the floor among them.
The I-Pace has what car designers call a “cab-forward” design with a short hood, possible because the nose of the car does not need to house a large engine. That shape allows for better aerodynamics and more interior space.
“I was determined from the very beginning of the project to create a design that reflected the mechanics of the car,” Jaguar design director Ian Callum said in a statement.
The vehicle’s wheels are also farther out, closer to the ends of the SUV, a factor that helps improve a vehicle’s driving performance. This was also dictated by the requirements of the car’s large, flat battery pack, said Callum.
Electric motors mounted in the front and back of the SUV produce a combined 400 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque, a measure of raw pulling power.
Jaguar only recently introduced its first SUV model, the Jaguar F-Pace, which has been a sales success for the brand. It became Jaguar’s largest selling model shortly after going on sale. (CNN)