Jaguar’s I-Pace is already a front-runner for most exciting car of 2018. The 400hp electric SUV will be fast, spacious and environmentally-friendly. Plus, if this concept version is an accurate guide, it will be stunning to look at, too.
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The I-Pace concept was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but it’s now been spotted in the wild for the first time. Fittingly for a car Jaguar describes as a ‘long-distance sprinter’ the venue for this carefully-managed PR stunt was London’s Olympic Park.
Looking resplendent in its new Photon Red paintwork, the I-Pace (which wasn’t wearing number plates, despite being ‘on the road’) posed for photos next to the Lee Valley velodrome and in moody strip-lit car parks.
“Dramatic and powerful”
Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum, said: “Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside and in the real-world. You can see the true value of the I-Pace’s dramatic silhouette and powerful proportions when you see it on the road, against other cars.”
The four-wheel-drive I-Pace is powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery and can hit 60mph in around four seconds. Charging to 80 per cent capacity takes just 90 minutes and a range of more than 300 miles is promised.
The production I-Pace will be shown later this year, with sales starting in the second-half of 2018. Interested? You can register on the Jaguar website now to be among the first owners.