Hot on the heels of Tesla’s electric cars, which are now on sale in the UAE, comes Jaguar’s surprise entry into the all-electric car market.
Development well under way
The most radical car in Jaguar’s proud history of British engineering and design, the I-Pace was revealed at last November’s motor show in LA. But although everyone assumed it was a concept vehicle, built just for show, Jaguar design director Ian Callum stated that it was a “preview of a five-seat production car that will be on the road in 2018.”
With Jaguar’s roots in motorsport since the company’s birth over eighty years ago, the team in England strived to get the centre of gravity as low as possible. This prevents roll and allowed the designers to create a very stiff car, meaning it will respond well to driver input.
Grace, space, pace
Jaguar’s motto for years was “Grace, Space, Pace” and the twin electric motors certainly deliver the pace, with incredible grace from smooth delivery of high-torque power. The I-Pace will go from nought to sixty mph (96.5km/h) in around 4 seconds and has the power of the Jaguar’s F-Type R with very responsive delivery characteristics.
As there’s no engine or conventional drive train to rob the interior of space, the I-Pace is a true five seater with exceptional legroom, particularly in the back. The looks are similar to the recently launched F-Pace SUV and the I-Pace has full-time four-wheel drive too.
The I-Pace is aimed squarely at the Tesla Model X. But that can already be bought in the UAE, so the Jag will have to be very good to take sales from it in 2018. But Jaguar is not wasting any time – a full-working production model is already being driven by UK motoring journalists and over 350 deposits have already been put down.
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It’s too early to sell your car in preparation for a new I-Pace as it won’t be properly launched for eighteen months or so. But when the time comes, remember you can sell your car in 25 minutes just by contacting us at Simply Car Buyers.