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Jaguar I-Pace 2018 preview

What's this?

This is Jaguar's third SUV, though it looks the least-SUV of them all, more of a crossover. The five-seat I-Pace sits alongside the existing E-Pace and F-Pace in the line-up. Somewhat confusingly, the E-Pace is powered by either petrol or diesel engines, while the new I-Pace will be a purely electric vehicle - Jaguar's first.

What will its rivals be?

Jaguar is clearly targeting Tesla with the I-Pace, though it's quite a different proposition to any of the American company's models right now. Audi, BMW and Mercedes will all have electric performance cars of similar price and position on the market in the next couple of years too, so this year it looks like Jaguar will have few real competitors to deal with.

Any tech info?

The I-Pace makes use of two electric motors, one up front and one for the rear axle. That makes it a four-wheel drive car with the possibility of running in front- or four-wheel-drive modes when required. Those motors pack a 400hp punch in total, with a massive 700Nm of torque on tap from a standstill. Hence, the I-Pace is said to dispatch the 0-100km/h sprint in less than five seconds. The battery pack is expected to be a 90kWh capacity design, giving the I-Pace an official range capability of about 500 kilometres.

What will the range be like?

Initially at least, we expect the I-Pace to be offered in a single specification, as a five-door crossover, but if electric vehicle sales continue to accelerate, don't bet against a whole range of options in time.

Expectations?

A Jaguar that performs like a Tesla? What's not to like? Let's hope it's not heinously expensive…

Author: Carzone

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