The real deal will debut in just a few months.
While some concepts are just too outlandish to ever morph into production cars Jaguar decided to keep its I-Pace closer to reality for its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. That’s why attempting to see into the future of the road-going model shouldn’t be that hard as the concept’s design was already feasible for a production car. Jag’s Design Chief, Ian Callum, even said the vehicle from L.A. had approximately 80 percent of the final look.
Recent spy shots have shown the road-going model will indeed echo the design of the showcar from the City of Angels, so this digital design exercise coming from our Italian colleagues at OmniAuto was an easy task to accomplish.
Jaguar will host the world premiere of the Tesla Model X-fighting I-Pace at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but we might see it on the World Wide Web a few weeks sooner.
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Jaguar could use hybrid power trains in future sports cars, according to its chief product engineer, Jaguar sports cars, Erol Mustafa.
While he said there were no current plans to implement hybrid power to help with performance or emissions, Mustafa said he “wouldn’t rule out hybrid performance” in the future.
He added: “We always look at ways of improving the car but it’s got to be the right application for a sports car.”
However, with other models in the Jaguar range more focused on achieving good emissions figures, Mustafa said there was “no pressure on him” to implement a powertrain that wouldn’t suit the F-Type.
When asked about a possible diesel F-Type, as recently spied by Autocar, Mustafa said he could not comment.
Mustafa was talking at the reveal of the new entry-level F-Type at the New York motor show, which uses its 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine, already announced for the XE and XF saloons. While it is the cheapest F-Type on sale, Mustafa said it had its own character, differentiating it from the V8 and V6 models.
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