Geneva is a major venue for global announcements, but not all cars showcased at the Swiss motor show are brand new. In fact, some of them are local debuts or European debuts, following on their global launches from 2016 and early 2017. That’s the case with the Jaguar i-Pace, which the British marque introduced last fall in Los Angeles.
The model exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show is actually a refreshed version of the original concept introduced in LA, complete with a new color scheme. The bright red paint job makes the car look a bit sportier than the original model, and at the same time a bit more down-to-earth. Perhaps that was an intentional way to highlight the car’s progression from brand-new concept towards its 2018 release.
Because the i-Pace lacks a bulky internal combustion engine, Jaguar was able to shorten the bonnet, reducing the overall length and weight of the vehicle. As such, this isn’t the most aggressive looking car, but then again, that’s rarely the point when it comes to Jag.
While the i-Pace is noticeably more compact than its F-Pace gasoline-powered cousin, the space inside it is actually bigger. As Jaguar likes to point out, there’s more leg room than in some big limousines like BMW 7 series. That’s an inherent benefit of going electric – the batteries and axle-mounted electric engines simply don’t take as much space as all the mechanical components in a conventional car.
The prow of the car resembles the F-Pace and remains distinctively Jaguar. The strong haunches and tapering back make the SUV feel almost like a coupe and the i-Pace looks like it’s moving even when it’s standing still.
On the inside you’ll find the typical Jaguar fine taste in material selection, as well as the obligatory touchscreens for the driver and passengers.
The i-Pace will be able to go from 0 to 60 in around four seconds, which is very respectable for an SUV, thanks to the 395-horsepower generated by the two electric motors. The Li-ion battery pack, placed in the floor of the car in a skateboard configuration, reaches 90 kWh, which should be enough for 300 miles of autonomy on a single charge. Jaguar developed the battery tech in-house. In terms of charging speeds, expect it to hit 80 percent in 90 minutes over a 50kW DC charging station.
The i-Pace is currently a concept car, but signs are promising that a production version with the same name will hit the market by next year. The production model is expected to look very similar to the current concept, and that’s very good news if you ask us.