Jaguar has just announced the I-Pace in LA - the British marque's first all-electric vehicle and "one of the most important new cars since the E-Type".
T3 had a chance to get up close and personal with the new car, here's everything you need to know:
The I-Pace is largely derived from Jaguar’s C-X75 mid-engine supercar project. It borrows intelligent aero throughout to achieve a low drag coefficient of 0.29, and uses stunning 23-inch Nighthawk wheels to give it an aggressive stance. A full-length panoramic glass roof floods the interior with natural light, and at night, an array of LEDs embedded in the roof illuminate the patterned glass to create an arresting visual effect.
1. Sports car's pace
Electric motors on the front and rear axles generate an impressive 400PS, and 700Nm of instant torque. This will power the sporty SUV from 0 to 60mph in around 4 seconds.
2. British attention to detail
GPS coordinates of car’s birthplace (Jaguar’s design studio) will be laser-etched into the wooden surface of the instrument panel. Presumably, so its engineers never get lost.
3. Welcome to the flight deck
The I-Pace features an intuitive new user interface. The primary 12-inch touchscreen is blended seamlessly into the dash, with ‘micro-click’ haptic feedback and additional screens dotted throughout the cabin.
4. All-weather electric SUV
Making use of JLR’s leading traction technology (ASPC and AdSR), you’ll be safe with the knowledge that the I-Pace can handle anything Mother Nature throws at it.
5. Keeps on rolling
The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack has a predicted range of more than 220 miles. Drivers with an average daily commute will only need to recharge the vehicle once a week.
6. Plenty of space
Despite the car’s sporty design - the electric drivetrain enables a cavernous 530-litre luggage compartment. The entire cabin is light and spacious, with the same capacity as a much larger vehicle.
7. Launched in Virtual Reality
The I-Pace was launched in across the globe in virtual reality. It's one of the most impressive uses of VR we've seen from a brand, with 66 HTV Vive headsets connected for the reveal. During the presentation we could move the car around to look at it from different angles. It was also used to explore certain aspects of the car in more depth, the suspension system could be exploded for example.
A production version of the I-Pace will be revealed at the end of 2017 (not too much is expected to change), with cars hitting the road in 2018. If you're super keen, you can let Jaguar know by registering your interest on its website.