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    Jaguar electrifies on the first I-PACE concept road test.

    • On the day before the I-PACE Concept took up pride of place on the Jaguar stand at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, a small group of journalists were afforded an opportunity to drive the all-electric sports SUV around London’s iconic Olympic Park. Needless to say, they were smitten.

      Exterior image of I-PACE
      Rear image of the I-PACE

      Since its reveal in Los Angeles in December 2016, the I-PACE Concept has been heralded as the future of Jaguar.

      With an expected 0-60mph time of around 4 seconds and a range of around 300 miles, the sports SUV Jaguar is referring to as its ‘long distance sprinter’ is set to raise the bar, if not completely change the face, of electric performance vehicles.

      Even though it’s at least 18 months away from production, a road going concept model was revealed to the assembled media, with the proverbial keys being handed over to the enthusiastic correspondents.

      It should be noted that concept cars cost considerably more than production models, owing to the incredible sums of money manufacturers invest in research and development. In fact, the I-PACE being put through its paces in East London – and being presented for the first time in the all-new Jaguar paint colour, Photon Red – was insured for an eye-watering £2 million.

      Consequently, it’s extremely rare that such prototypes are handed over to anyone other than the engineering staff responsible for developing the vehicle. But such is the confidence of Jaguar in its new charge, that the powers that be were happy to let the gathered media types loose on the short stretch of closed road.

      Spacious interior
      Floating centre console

      “Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team,” claims Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum. “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.”

      So, what was the feedback from invited media?

      Reporting for the Independent’s I News, Autocar’s Tony Middlehurst wrote: “The I-PACE only needs a light nudge of accelerator to set off at a decent lick… expectations for the finished car are high.”

      Fellow Autocar journalist, Rob Adams, writing in the The Evening Standard, said: “This early drive has enticed us: anticipation for the all-electric Jaguar SUV has stepped up another silent-drive, zero-emissions gear.”

      While James Taylor, writing for Car magazine, summarised by saying: “The Jaguar I-PACE is a very compelling car, and crucially, one that does feel authentically Jaguar-y.”

      Watch this space for more development news on the I-PACE and Jaguar’s electric future.


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