Watch out Tesla – the Jaguar I-Pace is undergoing final testing before its official reveal at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.
At last year’s LA Auto Show, Jaguar previewing the automaker’s first fully electric car that could be a serious threat to the Tesla Model X. One year later, the I-Pace is about to enter production before going on sale next year. Ahead of its reveal at next year’s Geneva Motor Show in March, Jaguar has unleashed a production prototype onto the streets of California for final testing of its range after a potential customer asked if the I-Pace will have enough range to complete their favorite road trip along California’s West Coast.
To find out, Jaguar engineers took them on a long-distance range test in a prototype I-Pace. According to Jaguar, the I-Pace production prototype successfully drove 200 miles from Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles to Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo on a single charge of its advanced lithium-Ion battery. It’s probably no coincidence that Tesla happens to be based in California, either. Clearly, the message here is that the Jaguar I-Pace will be able to meet the high expectations of Tesla buyers. “After 1.5 million global test miles, the I-Pace is ready for production and is proven to deliver long distances on a single charge,” said Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director.
“Jaguar's first battery electric vehicle will also be fast to charge; our target is a zero to 80 per cent charge being achievable in a short break." The camouflaged prototype should closely resemble the final production I-Pace. Specifications and pricing haven’t been confirmed, but the concept debuted with two magnet electric motors at the front and rear axles sending a combined output of 395 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. 0-62 mph takes four seconds, and Jaguar claimed that its liquid-cooled 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides over 220 miles of range. We’ll have to wait for the final production Jaguar I-Pace to be revealed at Geneva to see how closely its specifications match the original concept.
Jaguar says that thousands of potential customers have already registered their interest in placing a deposit for the electric SUV, but whether these will translate into sales remains to be seen. Order books will officially open in March 2018.