Jaguar I-Pace Commences Final Road Test in California
【Summary】I-Pace seems to be the perfect recipe for success as the car market for both electric vehicles and crossover SUVs has gained a lot of interest in the recent years. The Prototype of I-Pace has reached the final stage of testing.
Recently British luxury automaker Jaguar officially revealed the prototype of its upcoming electric SUV. The car will sit alongside Jaguar's range of sports utility vehicles which include F-Pace and E-Pace. This will be the first electric SUV to be put into production by a mainstream car manufacturer.
I-Pace seems to be the perfect recipe for success as the car market for both electric vehicles and crossover SUVs has gained a lot of interest in the recent years. The Prototype of I-Pace has reached the final stage of testing. This stage involves software tweaks which refine driving factors like acceleration response and fine-tuning of suspension settings.
Jaguar wants to be sure that its offering is as refined as possible before it hits the market. This is because of the popularity of the SUV segment. Jaguar's most selling car happens to be its F-Pace SUV.
The car features a brand-new design which has been built around the electric Powertrain and lithium-ion battery pack which powers this electric vehicle. The production-ready model incorporates a 90-kWh lithium-ion battery pack which will churn out 394 BHP of peak power output and 512-pound-feet of torque.
The power will be channeled through two electric motors and the car is expected to be offered with a total driving range of 240 miles. Other features like regenerative braking and fast charging capability are also offered in the upcoming car. I-Pace will be able to recoup any energy lost during braking and will also be able to charge its batteries up to 80% in under 40 minutes using 100kWh DC fast-charging socket.
In terms of performance, Jaguar I-Pace can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds. Since the car has been designed around the battery pack which sits low into the car's underpinnings along with its powertrain, the car has a very low center of gravity. In addition to that the engineers are making software tweaks to ensure the suspension can deliver most refined handling characteristics possible.
The battery pack is situated between the two axles which also gives I-Pace a 50:50 weight distribution. Other features available on the electric SUV include Jaguar's standard active air suspension and an option of configurable adaptive dynamics. With the help of these features, the driver can customize suspension settings to get a sportier setup in terms of handling.
I-Pace borrows some styling characteristics from the CX-7 5 supercar. The concert was showcased at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show and the company claims Its design aids in enhancing aerodynamics. The Jaguar I-Pace has a drag coefficient of 0.29 CD. The design director of Jaguar said that electric powertrain used by I-Pace gave them unrestricted approach to design which assisted his team in achieving "unprecedented design freedom".
The Interiors are futuristic as well and there will be an extensive use of touchscreens throughout the cabin. We expect to find some of the equipment that is offered by its sister SUV Manufacturing Company- Range Rover' offerings. There's also a possibility that the platform used by Jaguar I-Pace might be incorporated by Range Rover in the future for its possible EVs, therefore capitalizing on the Jaguar Land Rover Group partnership.
Jaguar is not the only mainstream car manufacturer which is eyeing the electric SUV car market. German automaker Audi also announced that it will be entering the segment soon with its e-Tron Quattro all-electric SUV.
The automakers claim that both cars are expected to go on sale sometime later this year.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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