241 years ago, Britain and America laid down their arms in the war of Independence, signed a declaration and the Poms went home, vowing vengeance, as it turns out.
Two centuries later and the British are picking up in their war against Donald Trump’s America, but this time, it’s on the road.
With the success of American tech start-up Tesla, car makers the world over have seen a new light in the world of electric vehicles. They have witnessed the ability to provide elegance, class, luxury, speed and longevity where before there was really just misery.
And that’s where Jaguar comes in. The British sports car manufacturer (who is actually Indian…) has unleashed their answer to Tesla’s Model X on the streets on London, and they are ready to go to war, big time.
Called the Jaguar I-PACE (we agree, it’s a bit on the nose) it’s an electric version of their popular F-PACE SUV.
It has two electric motors, one at the front and another to drive the rear wheels. The 90kWh lithium-ion battery has incredible output, providing the I-PACE with 295kW and 700Nm of torque, instantly. This allows the I-PACE to sprint to 100km/h in around 4-seconds.
It’s got range too. Jaguar claim more than 500km on a single charge. With the added benefit of all-wheel drive, Jaguar think the I-PACE will be a true drivers car.
“The feedback on the I-PACE Concept has been fantastic. With the I-PACE Concept we’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package. It has surprised people and the enthusiasm for our first electric vehicle has been beyond all my expectations.
“Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. 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. The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.
The I-PACE will go on sale in 2018. You can visit www.jaguar.com.au and click “I Want One” to register your interest.