After taking a passenger ride in an I-Pace prototype recently, Autocar reports that the SUV is very quick and Jaguar asserts that the engineering will remain true to the concept.
Potential customers have pressed the "I want one" button on www.jaguar.co.za to place a deposit or register a strong interest in the hotly anticipated electric SUV.
In a drive from Sunset Boulevard in LA to Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, senior engineer Simon Patel took a prospective customer on a 200-mile drive to show off how close to production the I-Pace was.
The eye-catching crossover is the carmaker's first all-electric vehicle and will directly rival the Tesla Model X. Unlike the Tesla, however, the I-Pace won't look like a bloated¬ sedan and instead more closely resemble a sporty luxury auto fitting of the Jaguar badge.
"Jaguar's first battery electric vehicle will also be fast to charge - our target is a zero to 80 per cent charge being achievable in a coffee break".
As far as performance is concerned, the I-Pace Concept's electric motors at the front and rear axles made for a combined power output of 395bhp and 700Nm of torque.
Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director, said: "After 1.5 million global test miles, the I-PACE is ready for production and is proven to deliver long distances on a single charge".
According to Jaguar, this allows the electric concept to accelerate from 0-60mph in around four seconds.
"It's a dramatic, future-facing design - the product of authentic Jaguar DNA matched with attractive, premium details and British craftsmanship".