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Electric shock as Jaguar I-Pace SUV looks set to dominate

By Rob Gill Published

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BREXIT, Trump, Leicester . . . 2016 has taught us to expect the unexpected.

But the odds on Jaguar making an electric SUV? Nah, mate. Absolutely no frickin’ . . . wait, what  . . .  it just has.

Jag keeps getting younger and cooler

This is the I-Pace, half sports car, half SUV but 100 per cent future-proof because it is zero emission with a 300-mile range.

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The car was unveiled at the LA Motor Show in front of Miranda Kerr, Michelle Rodriguez, Niall Horan, James Corden and Benjamin Button.

OK. That last one is a lie. That’s a film. But Jaguar is the Benjamin Button of the car world.

No longer the crusty colonel with pipe and slippers, Jag keeps getting younger and cooler.

First with the F-Type, then XE, F-Pace SUV, and now I-Pace. The reinvention has seen global sales soar 74 PER CENT this year to 118,000. So what of the I-Pace?

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It hits the road in 2018 with two electric motors, one on each axle, producing 400hp and 700Nm of torque. That’s crazy fast, 0-60mph in four seconds, with no lag, no gear-changes and no interruption of power.

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And because there are no oily bits – no engine or transmission tunnel – the cabin has a flat floor and acres of space inside, complemented by two huge hi-tech touchscreens.

You may also recognise that bonnet scoop, derived from C-X75 supercar, to help air flow and I’m loving that patterned glass roof.

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Designer Ian Callum said: “Electric cars are inevitable but Jaguar will make them desirable.”

He’s made a good start.

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