Jaguar I-Pace concept previews electric SUV coming in 2018

Just prior to the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, Jaguar unveiled the I-Pace concept, an all-electric crossover SUV that elbows in on Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA] Model X territory.

The I-Pace concept is a precursor to a production model, which is promised for the second half of 2018, likely as a 2019 model. Test mules are already running around Europe.

It all starts with a 90-kilowatt-hour battery—the same size as found in the Model X 90D—that will deliver 220 miles of electric range. A pair of 200-horsepower electric motors, one on each axle, provide 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, as well as all-wheel-drive capability.

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The structure of the I-Pace is not related to that of the F-Pace, the first SUV in the brand’s history. Instead, it’s a new dedicated electric vehicle architecture, and Jaguar says that allowed its designers and engineers to tear up the rule book on vehicle layout. The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery is located under the floor of the cabin.