Jaguar reveals fully electric SUV concept called I-Pace


One of the worst-kept secrets of this year's LA motor show was the fact that Jaguar would reveal its first fully electric vehicle.

Dubbed I-Pace, the electric SUV concept previews a production model that's expected to enter the market in 2018 after a full reveal late in 2017.

The New Jaguar I Pace

The New Jaguar I Pace

According to Jaguar, the I-Pace has a range of 300 miles on a single charge and will take advantage of the instant torque that electric motors offer to accelerate from 0-60mph in four seconds.

Jaguar has hinted that the electric SUV will cost about 10 per cent more than an equivalent F-Pace, so entry-level models should start at a little over £50,000.

The SUV sits on an all-new aluminium platform that makes space for the 90kWh lithium ion battery pack between the axles and will offer 395bhp and 700Nm of torque.

Much of the I-Pace's mechanicals, such as the suspension, come from the F-Pace. The batteries have been designed in-house and Jaguar says they can be charged to 80 per cent in just 90 minutes and to 100 per cent in just over two hours via a 50kW DC charging port.

It's a little smaller than the F-Pace and offers less rear boot storage space – at 530 litres it's 120 litres smaller than manufacturer's conventionally powered SUV. However, because there's no internal combustion engine, Jaguar could fit a 28-litre storage space under the bonnet, while the flat floor design means cabin space is increased.

Prospective owners can head to the Jaguar website to register their interest now.