Jaguar gets electric with the all-new I-Pace EV CUV concept headed for 2018 production - w/videos & update


This was kind of a surprise, Not that Jaguar is developing an electric-vehicle, all (most all) carmakers have EVs in various stages of development or in production. What was a surprise is how stunning this vehicle is and how close to production it really is. The Jaguar I-Pace is scheduled to be in production and on sale in 2018. And it looks ready to go too. Designer Ian Callum says that the eventual production car is very close to the concept. We shall see. But the concept has a range of over 200 miles, hits 60 mph in about four seconds, and did I mention that it looks really good? Let's hope that battery tech and prices are such that the I-Pace will be "relatively" affordable. Sadly, breath I will not hold. After the jump, I have included two informative press releases, two videos, a few more pics, and infographics. You should find enough info here to hold you over 'til the regular production model is revealed. Can't wait. If it's not too expensive, this could be a big seller for Jaguar/Land Rover.

Update: Finally saw this one in person and found the I-Pace to be too large. The pics depict a smaller vehicle and this puppy is as large (or larger) than an F-Pace. Unfortch, that makes the styling less sleek. Still liked it, just not as much...

Source: Jaguar - Press releases, videos and infographics after the "read more" jump.





Press Release:
JAGUAR ELECTRIFIES WITH THE I-PACE CONCEPT CAR


First Jaguar electric vehicle revealed through a world first virtual reality experience.

  • Jaguar tears up the rule book creating a concept with supercar looks, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package
  • A long distance sprinter that accelerates to 60 mph in around 4 seconds, with a range of more than 500km (NEDC cycle) and rapid charging of 90kWh battery
  • Driver-focused all-wheel-drive performance from twin-electric motors generating 700Nm of torque and 400PS
  • Jaguar confirms production I-PACE will be on the road in 2018, with precise, agile driving dynamics as yet unseen on an electric vehicle
  • World-first, live cross-continent VR reveal experience transports audience into a unique virtual world to explore the I-PACE Concept using tech from world-leaders HTC VIVE™ and Dell Precision
  • 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
  • To be one of the first owners go to jaguar.com and click the ‘I want one’ button
The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. This is a production preview of the Jaguar I-PACE, which will be revealed next year and on the road in 2018. Customers can register now at jaguar.com to be one of the first I-PACE owners.

Jaguar’s engineering and design teams have torn up the rule book to create a bespoke electric architecture, matched with dramatic design. The result is a no-compromise smart, five seat sports car and a performance SUV in one.

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.
IAN CALLUM
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, JAGUAR


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.

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.
WOLFGANG ZIEBART
JAGUAR LAND ROVER


The state-of-the-art electric motors and 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack were designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover to give the best possible performance and range for most daily journeys. 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. Enough to deliver more than 220 miles range (measured on the US EPA test cycle) or more than 500 km range (measured on the European NEDC test cycle).

The I-PACE Concept transforms the electric driving experience and offers the driver-focused performance and response Jaguar is renowned for. To help deliver this, the I-PACE has electric motors on the front and rear axles. Their combined output is 400PS and 700Nm of torque – the same torque rating as the F-TYPE SVR.

Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, described the set up to VR guests who were able to use virtual reality to get under the skin of this ground-breaking technology. He said:

Electric motors provide immediate response with no lag, no gearshifts and no interruptions. Their superior torque delivery compared to internal combustion engines transforms the driving experience. With 700Nm and the traction benefits of all-wheel drive, the I-PACE Concept accelerates from 0-60mph in around four seconds.
IAN HOBAN
VEHICLE LINE DIRECTOR, JAGUAR LAND ROVER

The virtual reality experience also allowed participants to sit in the front and rear of the Jaguar I-PACE Concept and explore the beautiful interior, discovering hidden details and features.

The interior of the I-PACE Concept is finished with beautiful, premium materials and an unwavering attention to detail. Throughout the interior you will discover a host of beautiful details to surprise and delight. From the expansive panoramic glass roof to the sporting, beautifully finished seats, every feature bears the hallmark of British craftsmanship. And there is digital craftsmanship too, with two touch screens serving up information when and where you need it, limiting distraction and improving the driving experience.
IAN CALLUM
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, JAGUAR



Renowned VR Director, Alexander Horton, led the creative direction. Participants experienced the car being built around them, speeding towards them and appearing to fall to Earth from another planet – clearly signalling the future-forward nature of the revolutionary Jaguar.

The new and exciting VR platform pushed the boundaries further than ever before, with the inclusion of social interaction and a live presenter broadcast into a single VR world.

Groups in both LA and London were able to communicate and interact with one another, all whilst watching Ian Callum and Ian Hoban explain through high-end real-time 3D graphics both the design process and technology behind this forward-thinking concept car.

The VR content from the reveal will now be available on Viveport through a dedicated Jaguar app allowing consumers to experience the I-PACE Concept at home.

Jaguar joined forces with VR leaders HTC, Computer experts Dell, VR and immersive content production studio REWIND and Imagination to create the world’s largest, global, connected VR experience.

Dan O’ Brien, Vice President Virtual Reality at HTC said:
Jaguar Land Rover is renowned for its innovative spirit, and with Vive Business Edition we’re thrilled to be the virtual reality partner to help bring their latest launch into an immersive VR landscape and to VIVE users at home. With the blend of cinematics and Vive’s room-scale VR technology, the I-PACE Concept VR experience offers an incredible level of immersion, and showcases an exciting reimagining of the traditional car launch.
DAN O'BRIEN
VICE PRESIDENT, VIRTUAL REALITY HTC

Dell Precision workstations powered the design and development of the Jaguar I-PACE Concept and the VR reveal experience. Dell Precision Tower Workstations are configured specifically with the increased performance, graphics and memory for VR content creation and advanced commercial visualization, making these types of applications possible in new areas of business, such as automotive.

Rahul Tikoo, Vice President and General Manager for Dell Precision, said:
Dell has long been involved in VR. We’ve been evolving our business model to introduce solutions that are optimised for the future of VR, from our VR-ready XPS and Alienware devices for the best VR experience to VR-ready Dell Precision solutions for professionals to create it. The Jaguar I-PACE Concept, designed and introduced with VR, reinforces the incredible innovation that’s possible with VR technologies and the potential to ultimately transform industries.
RAHUL TIKOO
VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER, DELL PRECISION


For the first time in history, a global automotive brand has used fully immersive VR to launch their latest car. This launch takes the individual far beyond any new car experience they would have witnessed before, allowing people across the world to connect in real time, be fully immersed within the vehicle and share live together their experience of Jaguar’s first ever electric vehicle. Jaguar, by embracing cutting-edge technology in this way, has created an experience rich and rewarding for its consumers. It has undoubtedly redefined the future of how automotive brands introduce their new vehicles to customers.
ROSS WHEELER
HEAD OF AUTOMOTIVE, IMAGINATION


FURTHER INFORMATION
The Concept will make its first public physical appearance at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday 16 November.

Further assets including ‘mixed reality’ assets showing a mix of virtual and real worlds are also available.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About HTC VIVE™
VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform developed by HTC and Valve for total immersion in virtual worlds. Designed from the ground up for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions, VIVE delivers on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content. VIVE has been recognized with over 65 awards and wide critical acclaim since its unveiling in 2015. For more information, visit www.VIVE.com.






Press Release:
JAGUAR REVEALS THE I-PACE CONCEPT - THE ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE SUV


The Jaguar I-PACE Concept is one of the most visually arresting concepts ever produced by Jaguar.

For over 80 years, Jaguar has been globally renowned as a maker of beautiful sports cars. Cars that have always been relevant, at the cutting-edge of technology and exciting to the senses.

The I-PACE Concept is the smartest five-seater sports car and the start of a new era for Jaguar. It’s as daringly designed and innovative as the cars that put Jaguar on the map, with technology that enhances our customers’ lives. It sets a template for others to follow, just as we have always done.

Transportation will change more in the next decade than it has in the past 50 years and we’re prepared for that change. Just as Jaguar always has, we’re ready to give our customers the technology they want and need, when they want it. More than that, we’re making it smarter, cleaner and more efficient.

The Jaguar I-PACE Concept is the first step towards our future. The future is now.For over 80 years, Jaguar has been globally renowned as a maker of beautiful sports cars. Cars that have always been relevant, at the cutting-edge of technology and exciting to the senses.

The I-PACE Concept is the smartest five-seater sports car and the start of a new era for Jaguar. It’s as daringly designed and innovative as the cars that put Jaguar on the map, with technology that enhances our customers’ lives. It sets a template for others to follow, just as we have always done.

Transportation will change more in the next decade than it has in the past 50 years and we’re prepared for that change. Just as Jaguar always has, we’re ready to give our customers the technology they want and need, when they want it. More than that, we’re making it smarter, cleaner and more efficient.

The Jaguar I-PACE Concept is the first step towards our future. The future is now.

TEARING UP THE RULE BOOK

The Jaguar I-PACE Concept previews a production car that will hit roads in 2018. It will be the smartest five-seater sports car; a performance car, a family car and an SUV all in one. Its groundbreaking design, true Jaguar performance and competitive range and charging times will make it the first real electric alternative to a traditional premium SUV.

Jaguar’s design and engineering teams have taken full advantage of the opportunities presented by electrification: a cab-forward, sporting driving position, exceptional interior space and, of course, zero tailpipe emissions and instant acceleration. The battery pack and motors have been designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover to deliver outstanding efficiency.

With over 500km range on the NEDC cycle, the average user could charge just once a week. Charging is easy and quick, with 80 percent charge achieved in 90 minutes and 100 per cent in just over two hours using 50kW DC charging.

The interior features premium materials and beautiful, tactile details that highlight British craftsmanship at its best. There is digital craftsmanship too, with two, super-intuitive touchscreens that serve up information where and when the driver needs it. Packed with proven Jaguar sports car technology, the I-PACE Concept features exceptional ride quality, authentic handling and a 0-60mph time of around four seconds.



FUTURE PERFECT

Bold, brave and undeniably beautiful, the Jaguar I-PACE Concept takes electric vehicle design into a new dimension. Its creator, Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum, explains why it’s been a career-defining project.

No other project I've worked on has given me the sheer thrill that this one did.
IAN CALLUM
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, JAGUAR


Wind back to early October, T-minus six weeks before the launch of the I-PACE Concept and Ian Callum is in his office, with his red F-TYPE R parked in full view right outside. “It was a beautiful evening last night,” he says. “So I primed the iPhone with music and just went driving. Three hours around Warwickshire, Oxford and the Cotswolds. It was the most fantastic three hours and I did think to myself: ‘Why don’t people get this pleasure out of driving anymore?"

With Ian Callum it always comes back to the cars. Indefatigable enthusiasm for cars in general and Jaguars specifically is all part of Callum’s brand. It’s sustained him through a long and illustrious career defined by the creation of timeless, beautiful sports cars; deceptively simple silhouettes he’s gone on to translate into a range of timeless, beautiful sports saloons for Jaguar.

The I-PACE Concept is, however, something altogether new: not a traditional sports car, saloon or SUV and absolutely not a traditional Jaguar. Yet his approach to its design is absolutely traditional Callum; it’s informed by a sense of history, his scholarly understanding of form language and, inevitably, that overwhelming sense of enthusiasm.

“People tell me they think the car is going to change,” he starts. “Well, as long as we’ve got eyes in our heads and sit the way we do in cars they’re not. What changes with a battery electric vehicle is the absence of mechanical machinery sitting in particular places. That’s the opportunity.

“Now, if you give a designer a natural proportion of a sports car, they will tend towards a mid-cabin. We like the idea that people are sitting between the wheels. The old-fashioned notion was of people sitting behind the wheels, as it was with a horse and carriage. Suddenly, cars took on a completely new proportion in designers’ eyes. Mid-cabin is now the default silhouette designers want.”

Callum is of course best known for front-engined cars, but he’s nothing if not unsentimental. Not to mention adamant.

“My favourite is still C-X75; you work around what you have. It liberates you to be able to put the people - who set the visual volume of the car more than anything - where you want them to be, which naturally is further forward. It’s practical to do so also; you get more space between the wheels when you’re not constrained by the engine package. But also we don’t like to see a lot of mass over the back of the car. You want to push that mass forward, otherwise the car looks like it’s falling back. That’s just an instinct and so it was incredibly gratifying to have had the opportunity to do just that with the I-PACE Concept.”

I think what's really great about this car is that we didn't set ourselves any rules.
IAN CALLUM
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, JAGUAR

It’s no secret that this is more than just a concept, hence the very public departure from the C-X concept prefix. Consequently, it’s more than just an easy-on-the-eye shape. Callum long ago mastered the art of harnessing aerodynamics without becoming a slave to their unrelenting physics. Efficiency in battery electric vehicles manifests itself equally brutally: the more efficient the car, the further the range between charges and largely misplaced anxiety around range has in the past limited the appeal of battery electric vehicles. The I-PACE Concept puts up remarkably little fight against the wind.

“Aerodynamics is a huge challenge,” he says. “You can’t deny physics and it’s always a sign of a good designer to ensure that the aero is as efficient as it can be within all the constraints, remembering, of course, that one of the constraints is the aesthetic.

“It helped that the car was a whole new type of vehicle and there are no previous references. The profile helps the aero tremendously. If it was a very square, linear car - with vertical lines - the aero becomes naturally much more difficult. The back of the car relative to the front is very high and that is purely driven by the physics.

What air does when it leaves the car is actually the most difficult part to control. The back of the car especially was determined by aero requirements.”

There’s little doubt that Callum has been inspired by the I-PACE Concept. It wasn’t so long ago he was celebrating the launch of the second-generation XF, a landmark redesign as the enormously successful first generation car signalled the beginning of Callum’s refashioning of Jaguar. And it’s very clear - it always is with Ian Callum - that the I-PACE Concept is only the beginning. As he stands up to head to yet another meeting, it’s evident it is not just three-hour blasts in that red F-TYPE putting a twinkle in his eye. “I think what’s really great about this car is that we didn’t set ourselves any rules. Don’t try and make it look like an F-TYPE or give it an E-Type boat tail because that’s nice to have. Just accept the fact that this is a whole new vehicle and takes Jaguar’s rules to a whole new level.”

The potential offered by electrification is greeted with great enthusiasm by Jaguar’s Advanced Design Director, Julian Thomson, who says that this is probably the most exciting era of car design he’s seen in his career. “It’s great to see the market opening up suddenly with alternative propulsion systems, but also totally different customers with totally different attitudes about how they use their vehicles.”

The future models taking shape in the Advanced Design studio will have to meet those demands. It’s a challenge that Thomson clearly enjoys, but it’s also one compounded by the fact that, however the design freedom inherent in electric vehicles is exploited, the result must still very obviously be a Jaguar and communicate performance, beauty and agility. The I-PACE Concept makes a very clear statement of intent.

“What surprised us was how readily this type of vehicle took to being a Jaguar,” Thomson says. “And how natural it is for Jaguar to do this type of car. It shows how we can translate our values. Proportion, balance and stance are all there – all very important Jaguar characteristics that have to be absolutely perfect – but in a totally different form.”

What surprised us was how readily this type of vehicle took to being a Jaguar.
JULIAN THOMSON
ADVANCED DESIGN DIRECTOR, JAGUAR

INSIDE LINE

With an unrivalled blend of cutting-edge technology and tactile controls, I-PACE Concept showcases Jaguar’s vision for electric luxury.

The I-PACE Concept’s striking and sophisticated interior redefines elegance and craftsmanship for the digital age, seamlessly blending technology, practicality and beautiful design.

“The cab-forward design and electric powertrain were fundamental to the way that we created the interior,” says Alister Whelan, Creative Director, Jaguar Interiors. “They have allowed us to create a spacious and comfortable cabin environment with numerous opportunities for innovative storage and passenger space.”

Inspired by the F-TYPE sports car, the interior is driver-focused, mixing Jaguar’s legendary sportiness with the I-PACE Concept’s purposeful stance. The driving position is much lower than a traditional SUV and this is accentuated by the dramatic, cantilevered centre console and slimline perforated seats.

Clean and uncluttered, the design combines handcrafted, high quality materials with a light colour palette. The Jaguar design team have also chosen to layer authentic materials for a unique look: dark, unvarnished walnut veneers sit flush with metal inserts to create seamless, textural contrasts.

Tactile features and finishes are as beautiful as they are intuitive. A perfect example of this is a new ‘flightdeck’ approach to the cockpit, featuring three screens - two touchscreens in the centre console and a virtual instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. Combine these with the gearshift buttons integrated into the floating metal legs, and it’s easy to see how the I-PACE Concept takes digital technology and usability to a whole new level.

To complete the interior, there’s a full- length panoramic glass roof, which floods the interior with natural light. In the daytime, the lozenge-patterned ceramic print matches the interior surface finishes, all to create a stunning visual effect that gives the I-PACE Concept its own distinct character.

The cab-forward design and electric powertrain were fundamental to the way that we created the interior.
ALISTER WHELAN
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, JAGUAR INTERIORS


BEAUTIFUL DETAILS
The I-PACE Concept is the first Jaguar to usher in a new interior design language focusing on features that blend digital craftsmanship with mechanical precision.


ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE

With 400PS and 700Nm of instant, electrifying torque, the I-PACE Concept is a pure Jaguar and a true driver’s car,

Electric motors provide immediate response with no lag, no gearshifts and no interruptions.
IAN HOBAN
VEHICLE LINE DIRECTOR, JAGUAR LAND ROVER

Throughout the process of creating Jaguar’s first purpose-built electric vehicle, the engineering team worked to a simple, single-minded mantra: the I-PACE Concept had to be a true driver’s car.

To reach this goal, the I-PACE Concept features two incredibly compact electric motors designed by Jaguar Land Rover. Integrated into the front and rear axles, they offer a combined power output of 400PS and 700Nm of torque, which is exactly the same torque rating as the F-TYPE SVR. Together they also enable all-wheel drive, improving dynamics and traction on all surfaces and in all weathers. “Electric motors provide immediate response with no lag, no gearshifts and no interruptions,” says Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director at Jaguar Land Rover.

“Their superior torque delivery compared to internal combustion engines transforms the driving experience. With 700Nm and the traction benefits of all-wheel drive, the I-PACE Concept accelerates from 0-60mph in around four seconds.”

The I-PACE Concept delivers searing performance, unrivalled ride and handling characteristics. To achieve this, it uses the sophisticated double wishbone and Integral Link suspension setup proven in the XE, XF and the F-PACE.

It will stop just as efficiently, too: an electric brake booster replaces the normal vacuum servo, ensuring maximum flexibility in the brake system control and maintaining excellent pedal feel.

The I-PACE Concept’s electric motors andLithium-Ion battery are designed to deliver the best possible performance and range. The I-PACE Concept delivers a range of more than 500 kilometres on the NEDC cycle and, using 50kW DC charging, achieves zero-to-full charging capability in just over two hours; 80 per cent charge capacity is reached in just 90 minutes.

With this kind of range and efficiency, there’s no doubt the I-PACE Concept is an electric vehicle that will perform in the real world and compete with vehicles powered by the best internal combustion engines.

The I-PACE Concept accelerates from 0-60mph in around 4 seconds.
IAN HOBAN
VEHICLE LINE DIRECTOR, JAGUAR LAND ROVER