Jaguar has revealed a 400 horsepower all-electric concept SUV dubbed the I-Pace. Production versions of the vehicle are expected to be available sometime in 2018. This will be the first electric car for Jaguar and only their second SUV. Their first SUV the F-Pace has quickly become their best selling vehicle. It’s expected to have a driving range of 220 miles.
The I-Pace was shown at a international press conference ahead of the Los Angeles Car Show, and has what car designers call a “cab-forward” design with a short hood. Made 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.
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. Electric motors mounted in the front and back of the SUV produce a combined 400 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque.
The I-Pace will ultimately compete with the Tesla Model X electric SUV. The I-Pace has only two rows of seats not three though so it will be quite a bit smaller than the Tesla X. Jaguar has not announced expected pricing for the I-Pace yet, or what specific trim levels will be available.