Jaguar Unveils Its First Electric I-Pace SUV Concept Just Days Ahead Of L.A. Auto Show [VIDEO]

Nov 16, 2016 05:39 PM EST | Vinay Patel

Jaguar took the wraps off its new battery-powered vehicle at the LA Auto Show recently. But contrary to a usual touring car or coupe, the British luxury automaker unveiled the I-Pace concept in its F-Pace SUV line.

During the vehicle's "virtual reality" unveiling, Jaguar confirmed that the 5-seater, electric sport SUV will commence production and will hit dealer showrooms in 2018.

The recently debuted I-Pace Concept integrates state of the art technology to devise an electric performance package that the company claims, revs up to 60mph in mere 4 seconds, powered by a 90-kWh battery with approximated range of 220 miles (EPAe) prior to charging, according to Yahoo News. The all-wheel-drive vehicle packs the robust 90kWh lithium-ion battery under the passenger compartment.

Though it has earmarks of the company's SUV, the I-Pace has been designed right from scratch.

Jaguar's director of design, Ian Callum noted that the vehicle could be expanded forward. The outcome of this, according to Engadget, is spacious wheelbase and bolder, shorter hood as compared to the F-Pace. Moreover, the cab sports a sitting arrangement that is nearby the front wheels.

But that's not all; since it is a concept car, the usual metal roof is replaced with a glass ceiling that enables passengers to see the sky.

However, range is one of the most important factors to consider for anyone looking to buy an electric vehicle. Jaguar is targeting an impressive 220 miles between charges. If this comes to fruition, the I-Pace will be in a class with Chevy Bolt and Tesla's Model 3. Multiple reports already claim that Tesla is likely to face stiff competition from the I-Pace electric vehicle.

The car draws power from the motors placed on the front and the rear mounted axles that offer a total 400 horsepower with 516 pounds of torque.

Noting that the company wanted to come out with an electric car without any sort of compromise, Callum said that the I-Pace is the closest they have ever been to a production vehicle as far as a concept car is concerned.

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