Whitley, UK - Jaguar has given us one last peek at its upcoming I-Pace electric performance crossover in disguised prototype form ahead of its global reveal on March 1.
The thin disguise on these prototypes - seen testing in Arctic conditions at -40°C - leave very little to the imagination.
The I-Pace is a fully electric crossover that’s not to be confused with the soon-to-be-launched and conventionally-powered E-Pace in any way, the battery-powered I-Pace also boasting a sportier design and more upmarket positioning.
Jaguar has also revealed that customers - providing they have a DC 100kW charger - will be able to fast-charge their I-Pace (as in fill the battery to an 80 percent capacity) in just 45 minutes.
In addition, owners will be able to use mains power to prepare the battery and cabin temperature ahead of a journey. This pre-conditioning, according to Jaguar, will optimise both range and performance.
Jaguar last year announced that the I-Pace would be launched in South Africa in 2019, joining the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 as SA’s only full-electric vehicles.
Though final specs remain unconfirmed, the I-Pace is expected to offer maximum outputs in the region of 295kW and 700Nm, with one electric motor mounted on each axle for all-wheel-drive capability.
The I-Pace is currently undergoing final testing in Arjeplog, Sweden, with potential customers taking to the wheel in Sweden. One such client is Tony Westerlund. If you’re not in a hurry you can watch him sample the new Jaguar on a frozen lake in the video below: