Jaguar Land Rover, the British luxury marquee, has unveiled its first all-electric SUV, named as I-PACE in concept form, ahead of its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday November, 16. The company has confirmed that Jaguar I-PACE would enter production in 2018, while going on sale in the Indian market by late 2019. Jaguar revealed the all-electric SUV through a world first live cross-continent virtual reality experience, while Jaguar fans, guests and customers, including James Corden, Michelle Rodriguez, Miranda Kerr and David Gandy joined the car’s creators in this unique virtual world.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: “The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of electric vehicle design. It’s a dramatic, future-facing cab-forward design with a beautiful interior – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA, electric technology and contemporary craftsmanship.Our virtual reality reveal today has pushed technology boundaries as well, and captures the hi-tech essence of the concept car. We only have one concept car and it is in LA for the reveal. For the first time, VR has allowed us share it across the globe in the most immersive way possible.” This unique and world-first ‘social VR’ reveal is believed to be the largest live and connected VR event of its type to date. Throughout the day more than 300 guests were transported into a specially created life-like virtual space, into which, two of the car’s creators, Ian Callum and Ian Hoban were projected.
From VR hubs in Los Angeles and London, groups of 66 guests including A-list stars Michelle Rodriguez, Miranda Kerr and James Corden, used HTC Vive Business Edition headsets, powered by Dell Precision workstations, to put themselves inside the concept car and interact live with other participants. Guests ‘sat’ on the concept’s virtual seats, had a 3600 view of Venice Beach as the concept was built piece by piece around them, and saw the I-PACE Concept race towards them across a virtual desert. To be one of the first owners of the I-PACE, one needs to go to jaguar.com and click the ‘I want one’ button. Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "This is an uncompromised electric vehicle designed from a clean sheet of paper: we’ve developed a new architecture and selected only the best technology available. The I-PACE Concept fully exploits the potential EVs can offer in space utilisation, driving pleasure and performance."
The state-of-the-art electric motors and 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack were designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover. Where ever you are in the world you can simply plug your car into a wall socket overnight, and have more than enough range to complete the average daily commute of around 50 km. For rapid charging, using a typical public 50 KW DC charging network, a full charge will take just over 2 hours, while having a range of more than 500 km range. To help deliver this, the I-PACE has electric motors on the front and rear axles. Their combined output is 393bhp of top power and 700Nm of peak torque – the same torque rating as the F-TYPE SVR. The production version of the SUV would be unveiled next year, confirmed Jaguar. The styling is inspired from the C-X75 supercar, with silhouette of a coupe in a five-seater SUV.