Jaguar's 2018 I-Pace enters final stage of testing

Jaguar i-PACE Geneva 2018 Debut

Jaguar i-PACE Geneva 2018 Debut

One year on from showing the I-PACE Concept at the LA Auto Show, Jaguar is back in Los Angeles with a production prototype for final range and durability tests ahead of its official global reveal in 2018.

Jaguar were also busy flaunting the i-Pace's range and dynamism to potential California buyers as they look to steal the thunder of the Tesla Model X, and on all the available evidence that's exactly what the i-Pace looks set to do.

With a range of 310 miles and a 0-60mph of under 4.0 seconds, the i-Pace looks to be as practical as the Model X, its 90kWh battery pack is nearly as big as Tesla's most expensive option and, say Jaguar, will charge to 80 per cent in the time it takes to stop for a coffee.

In a drive from Sunset Boulevard in LA to Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, senior engineer Simon Patel took a prospective customer on a 200-mile drive to show off how close to production the I-Pace was. "Our target is a zero to 80 percent charge being achievable in a short break".

Full specification and pricing for Jaguar's electric performance SUV will be announced late in 2018 when order books will officially open in South Africa. In concept form, the vehicle uses electric motors at both the front and rear axles, producing a combined 400 hp and 700 Nm of torque with permanent all-wheel drive.

Ian Hoben, Jaguar vehicle line director, said: "After 1.5 million global test miles, the I-Pace is ready for production and is proven to deliver long distances on a single charge". It represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design.