Jaguar’s new electric SUV, the I-Pace, was revealed in close-to-production concept form at the LA motor show last week. And it will have given any car manufacturer that doesn’t count a plug-in family crossover among its ranks a heart attack.
The I-Pace looks handsome and cleverly uses its electric powertrain’s packaging to maximise cabin space. Its claimed 394bhp, 4.0sec to 62mph and 310-mile range should tick most folks’ usability boxes. So, it succeeds in isolation.
But the I-Pace won’t have the posho-badge zero-emission game all to itself. Not by a long shot. There’s an established player from California to take on, and a glut of German newcomers heading for production that are all targeting the same generously walleted customers. Who’s your money on to lead the ‘leccy revolution?