Jaguar unveiled the Jaguar I-Pace, a concept for an all-electric crossover that will be on real roads in 2018. The Jaguar I PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. It is a no-compromise smart, five seat sports car and a performance SUV in one.
The state-of-the-art electric motors and 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack were designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover to give the best possible performance and range for most daily journeys. Where ever you are in the world you can simply plug your car into a wall socket overnight, and have more than enough range to complete the average daily commute of around 50 km. Using a typical public 50 KW DC charging network, a full charge will take just over 2 hours enough to run for 220 miles.
The cabin sits low between sweeping fenders. The dynamic window lines further enhance the sports car looks. The cab-forward design is accentuated by the windscreen’s fast angle and heavily curved glass, flowing down into a low bonnet that adds to the sense of supercar style.
The LED tail lamps, while similar to those on other Jaguar models, square off the roundel graphic for an edgier and more technical look. A broad, high-mounted LED stop lamp is integrated invisibly beneath the spoiler, visible only when the driver brakes.
The Jaguar I PACE Concept car also demonstrates just how much interior space Jaguar’s cab-forward design and electric powertrain creates.The driver and passengers sit lower than in conventional SUVs. The I-PACE Concept’s slimline seats position the hips lower in relation to the heels. The Jaguar I PACE Concept car’s cab-forward position, low bonnet and short overhangs provide the driver with an exceptional view of the road and the vehicle’s surroundings.
A full-length panoramic glass roof extends the sweeping angle of the windscreen and floods the
I-PACE Concept’s interior with natural light.At night, an array of LEDs embedded in the roof illuminate the patterned glass to create a stunning visual effect.
Other extraordinary details include – Touch-screen interfaces, beautifully-crafted GPS coordinates locate Jaguar’s design studio,Labels with Jaguar paw prints are stitched into the seams of the seats. Jaguar’s signature lozenge pattern is photo-etched onto the Meridian audio system speaker grilles integrated into the doors.
With no engine bay and a battery pack that sits flat between the axles, the cab-forward design’s long wheelbase and short overhangs enable a footprint of 4,680mm x 1,890mm and a long wheelbase of 2,990mm.As a result, the I-PACE Concept occupies less road space than a conventional mid-size SUV while offering more rear passenger space than some full-size SUVs.
The primary interface is a 12-inch TFT touchscreen blended seamlessly into the surface of the instrument panel.
A separate, 5.5-inch secondary touchscreen is paired with two laser etched aluminium rotaries that encase vibrant HD circular displays. This allows occupants to configure infotainment and climate whilst keeping full screen information on the 12-inch display above. It features a Wi-Fi hotspot to enable occupants in every seat to stay connected and stream music, video and other data to their devices. It also enables occupants to use apps on their iOS and Android smartphones through the vehicle’s main touchscreen using InControl Apps.
“With the Jaguar I PACE Concept car, the revolution is in the profile, not the design language. The profile is possible because this car is electric. It’s not just that we wanted to create something that was very different from anything else we do: we wanted the design to celebrate the new battery electric technology. I was determined from the very beginning of this project to create a design which reflected this change in the mechanics of the car. This is what led to the sporty cab-forward profile rather than a car with a bonnet and an engine.”
- Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar