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All-electric Jaguar I-pace SUV revealed

Date: 15 November 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Jaguar has revealed a concept version of its forthcoming electric SUV.

Called the I-pace (as in the letter 'i'), the production version of the British company's first electric car will be shown next year, with the first models appearing on roads in 2018.

According to Jaguar, the 90kWh motor - which produces 400hp - should give the car a range of "more than 310 miles" on the current European testing cycle, similar to that of the Tesla Model X 90D, which can travel up to 303 miles between charges.

Jaguar said it should take two hours to fully recharge the I-pace based on the owner using a 50kW fast-charger.

Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but it has been suggested the electric model could cost around 10-15% more than a similarly specified F-pace, meaning it could cost around £60,000 before any Government grants are issued.

The interior of the five-seat concept car is a "clear statement of Jaguar's plans for the production model", with the design being based around three display screens: a 12-inch primary interface located within the car's instrument panel, a five-inch infotainment system, and a 12-inch screen that houses a heads-up display and information for the driver.

The I-pace concept is a radical departure for electric vehicles. It represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design," said Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar. "It's a dramatic, future-facing design - the product of authentic Jaguar DNA matched with beautiful, premium details and British craftsmanship.

"This isn't just a concept. It is a preview of a five-seat production car that will be on the road in 2018. This will be Jaguar's first-ever battery-powered electric vehicle and opens a new chapter in the history of our legendary brand," he added.