We now that at least three I-Paces have been ordered by readers on the Queensland Gold Coast, just as Ford announces it will have electric vehicles in 2020 including the Mustang.
JLR has stolen the march on most manufacturers, the new sporty SUV-like car being unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2016.
The luxury vehicle company claim that the I-Pace will sprint from 0-62mph in around 4 seconds and the two electric motors together produce 396bhp.
Jaguar have also said that the I-Pace’s electric all-wheel drive will work effectively on all surfaces and in all weather, offering better grip and safety.
Jaguar say that the car will have a range of around 310 miles on one single charge.
The average daily commute is around 30 miles, meaning that motorists would only have to charge the I-Pace once a week.
Charging options for the I-Pace are from of the typical public 50KW DC charging points achieving 80% charge in 90 minutes and a full charge in around two hours.
A 7KW Jaguar home charging point is also an option for customers, but will set you back some more cash.
Jaguar’s new I Pace is a luxury SUV that will likely become the brand’s flagship vehicle after its release. It’s fully electric and can achieve over 300 miles on one single charge and has 400bhp.
Due to the fact there is no bulky combustion engine in the front, there is additional storage space and interior room.
Comparable to mid-sized coupe-like SUVs in its class, it’ll be more spacious inside, increasing its overall practicality.
The placement of the battery pack is under the cabin and the motors are attached to the front and rear-axles, which is why we’ll see increased depth inside.
This placement also helps with aerodynamics as it creates a longer wheelbase with shorter overhangs, giving it a more sporty look.
It’s typical Jaguar inside
The luxury British car brand have kept the interior typically flash, in keeping with the brand whilst adopting some more forward-thinking features.
Inside you’ll get slimline leather seats that are set lower than in a conventional SUV and more akin to a sports car, high-quality neutral-coloured materials (such as aluminium, Alcantara and dark, unvarnished open-pore walnut veneers), and a centre console framed by two metal struts that also eliminate the need for a traditional gear lever and allow the driver to select the correct gear using integrated buttons.
A 12-inch touchscreen replaces the traditional instrument panel and another 5.5-inch touchscreen paired with rotary dials for infotainment and climate control.
There’s minimal switchgear, as we currently know it, with just a few buttons to go with the dials and screens.
There’s also a wi-fi hotspot and the now-usual connectivity and ability to use onboard and smartphone apps.
It should still handle well
Engineers at Jaguar have focused on giving the car a low centre of gravity with the I-Pace sitting 120mm lower than the flagship F-Pace.
The battery placement and chassis design also help to distribute weight properly and keep the ride firm.
The I-Pace achieves 0-62mph in around four seconds
Jaguar mean business with the I-Pace
Jaguar expect the I-Pace to become central to the brand and be more significant than the F-Pace, F-Type and XJ.
It’s quite easy to see why too. The SUV/crossover market is the fastest-growing in the UK and customers are likely to be allured by the all-electric car.
Additionally it’s sporty, good-looking and economical that doesn’t seem to compromise much.