Jaguar I-Pace Plays in the Snow Before Geneva Debut

Jaguar I Pace winter testing

Jaguar I Pace winter testing

Jaguar's local product public affairs manager, James Scrimshaw, told CarAdvice the I-Pace is now scheduled to go on sale in Australia around October 2018.

Tesla Model X will be a key rival for the I-Pace both being, by definition, an EV SUV, although as the market diversifies they will be less likely to be as comparable.

The Jaguar I-PACE will be revealed in a live global broadcast on 19:00 CET on 1 March 2018, and will go on to make its public premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March 2018.

Jaguar Land Rover was a relatively late arrival to the luxury electric-car game, revealing its plans in the form of a concept vehicle only at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show.

The I-Pace is now undergoing final testing in Arjeplog, Sweden, with potential customers taking to the wheel in Sweden. When the concept was shown, Jaguar claimed it made 400 horsepower and had a range of 220 miles.

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Jaguar has revealed in the process that the i-Pace will be able to condition its batteries (when it's plugged-in) ahead of a journey to maximise range, and that it will be able to use a fast charger to take on 80 per cent charge in 45 minutes, about on a par with Tesla's Supercharger.

Pretty much everything about the all-electric crossover/ SUV hasn't been a secret for a long time as Jaguar chose to preview it via a very similar concept before testing the lightly camouflaged prototype in broad daylight and even releasing official photos of the wrapped vehicle. Maximum power will be somewhere around 300kW, with around 700Nm of torque on tap, helping to provide a 0-100km/h sprint in about 4-5 seconds.

"Pre-conditioning the auto ensures maximum range, performance and comfort whether temperatures are freezing cold or extremely hot".

Unsurprisingly, the feedback on how the i-Pace copes with ice and properly low temperatures is positive, and if the electric SUV can cope with -40C it should be just fine most other places.

One challenge with EVs in cold weather is the temperature of the battery.

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