Jaguar prepared a virtual reality reveal of the new electric crossover I-Pace Concept. At the same time, Jaguar representatives confirmed that the prouduction electric vehicle will be introduced end of next year and available sometime in 2018.
The world-first 'social VR' reveal, which is believed to be the largest live and connected VR event of its type to date, according to Jaguar, was happening live at the same time from VR hubs in Los Angeles and London and featured celebrity A-listers such as Michelle Rodriguez, Miranda Kerr, David Gandy and James Corden.
The reveal included information about Jaguar I-Pace Concept being able to reach 100 km/h in a little over 4 seconds – a result achieved with the help of twin-electric motors, one on each axle, generating 700Nm of torque and 400PS. Their strength comes from a rapid charging of 90kWh battery (using a typical public 50 KW DC charging network, a full charge will take just over 2 hours) that guarantees a range of more than 500 km range (measured on the European NEDC test cycle) or more than 220 miles range (measured on the US EPA test cycle).
According to Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum, Jaguar I-Pace Concept represents the next generation of electric vehicle design, being "a dramatic, future-facing cab-forward design with a beautiful interior – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA, electric technology and contemporary craftsmanship." Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, the executive in engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, added that this is "an uncompromised electric vehicle designed from a clean sheet of paper", for which they "developed a new architecture and selected only the best technology available."