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    The I-PACE Concept allowed our designers the luxury of an uncompromised electric-only platform from the beginning.

    • “This isn’t just a concept. This is a preview of Jaguar's first all-electric performance SUV that will be on the road in 2018. This will be Jaguar’s first-ever battery-powered electric vehicle and opens a new chapter in the history of our legendary brand.”
      Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design

      The I-PACE Concept allowed our designers the luxury of an uncompromised electric-only platform from the beginning. With a large battery pack between the wheels and motors on each axle, we had the opportunity to change the fundamental proportions of an SUV.

      Jaguar I-PACE Concept | Design From Race to Road

      Firstly, with no engine to accommodate up front, the hood has no need to be as long as in cars with an internal combustion engine. As a result, the cabin can be pushed more towards the front of the car to give a purposeful ‘cab-forward’ look from the outside while creating much more space inside – giving rear passengers similar legroom to larger sized traditional SUVs.

      This in turn allows for a bigger front windshield, which alongside the full-length panoramic glass roof, creates a greater feeling of space for all passengers.

      “We agreed upon this ‘cab-forward’ design in the early stages, which really is key for the front part of the roof line, but also for the impression of space inside.”
      Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover Technical Design Director

      Meanwhile, keeping the front and rear overhangs as short as possible and lengthening the space between the front and rear wheels – in order to house the larger battery pack vital to the car’s range (estimated range of approximately 220 miles on EPA test cycles) – gives the car a much more solid appearance on the road.

    • Despite this pleasing visual sense of solidity, the I-PACE Concept is aerodynamically excellent for its class. Features that help to achieve its 0.29 Cd drag coefficient include the body’s curvy silhouette which lowers at higher speeds to smoothly cut through the air; door handles that stay flush with their panels and only deploy when needed; and cooling inlets that shut off when not required. There’s also a large aero-optimized air channel from the front grille to the base of the front windshield – similar to that of the Jaguar C-X75 concept car – which improves airflow when air does need to find a way through.

      What is perhaps less known about aero efficiency is that the shape of the back of the car is at least as important as the front. To that end, a slim rear spoiler reduces lift; the rakish angle of the rear window is aerodynamically beneficial (while still able to boast 18 cubic feet of luggage space underneath); and the rear vents – where the exhaust pipes would be on a normal car – channel turbulent air from the rear wheel arches into better shape behind the vehicle.

      These are just a few of the ways in which the superb aesthetics of the I-PACE Concept contribute to the car’s aerodynamic efficiency. It is this efficiency that helps to retain as much battery power as possible to extend the car’s range.

All illustrations, photographs and specifications shown here are based on the Jaguar I-PACE concept vehicle. All figures for acceleration, power, speed, range and charging are Manufacturer’s estimates based on best information available at time of publication. U.S. production vehicles will differ from the one shown.

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