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Most concept vehicles will spend their lifetimes travelling from one auto show to another and look pretty on display, but that is not the case with the Jaguar I-Pace as it was being driven around on the streets of London.

Perhaps Jaguar wanted to prove that the I-Pace concept is both a gorgeous specimen and a fully functioning electric vehicle, capable of maneuvering around the streets of London’s Olympic Park.

Ian Callum, Jaguar's Director of Design, told CarScoops that “Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside and in the real-world. You can see the true value of the I-Pace’s dramatic silhouette and powerful proportions when you see it on the road, against other cars. The I-Pace Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived”

Competing against the Tesla Model X, the I-Pace concept can sprint from 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds thanks to electric motors situated at the front and rea axels. Combined, they can produce 394 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Not only is it an all-wheel-drive sprinter, the I-Pace also has a practical electric range of more than 311 miles and 80% charge can be achieved, using the 50kW DC, in just 90 minutes.

Of course this applies to the concept model, but hopefully we’ll see similar numbers in the production model that’s expected to debut late this year.
 

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Everyone liked how the Model X looked and thought it was the best looking EV on the market, now that's about to change. I don't know about you guys but even just off design, Tesla doesn't stand a chance:

 

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I actually really despised the way the Model X looked. Now don't get me wrong.. the overall shape of it is very near the same as the I-Pace, however, the Model X has no character. There's no lines, no definition to it. The I-Pace has this sleek, eye catching sort of design going on with character.
 

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I'll never understand why Tesla moved away from the traditional looking grille to a piece of plastic in the front. Sure it may marginally increase your mileage, but it just looks boring IMO. The I-Pace's front grille definitely has more character.

Someone from The Sun actually test drove the I-Pace and it's a lot more than just looks. He describes the suspension as "hovercraft smooth" and there's plenty of thrust. The interior is fully isolated from exterior noise and there's plenty of cabin space for 5.

Pretty much sounds perfect if Jaguar can do the same in the production model.
 

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Kinda wished that they were able to take it out onto different bumpy roads and what not. The closed "course" that they were on looked extremely leveled and smooth so it would be hard for a car to feel rough in anyway.
 

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I think the I-Pace has as much cabin/cargo room as those in the larger segments even though it looks like a compact package from the outside. What I'd be interested in hearing is a video taken from outside the I-Pace to see if Jaguar implemented some kind of exhaust sound for pedestrian safety.
 

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I'll never understand why Tesla moved away from the traditional looking grille to a piece of plastic in the front. Sure it may marginally increase your mileage, but it just looks boring IMO. The I-Pace's front grille definitely has more character.

Someone from The Sun actually test drove the I-Pace and it's a lot more than just looks. He describes the suspension as "hovercraft smooth" and there's plenty of thrust. The interior is fully isolated from exterior noise and there's plenty of cabin space for 5.

Pretty much sounds perfect if Jaguar can do the same in the production model.
From what I understand there was never a real reason for having a grille.
The only reason might have been in testing the potential for buyers that are used to what ever other car maker does and not own something that screams its "green"

This time around Tesla is embracing the look that comes with going green... if you know what I mean.
 

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Design Director Ian Callum said: “The feedback on the I-Pace Concept has been fantastic. With the I-Pace concept, we’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar-inspired aesthetics, sports-car performance and SUV space in one electric package.”

With how popular the concept is, maybe Jaguar won't change too much in the production model, maybe even keep that nice red paint as an option.
 

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I have a feeling that was just their fancy way of putting it since a lot of other EV's have similar things going on, Jag is just playing its card into the deck everyone knows ;)
 

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That red paint is really nice. But the grill thing is whatever to me. There is no reason for a grille on them because there is no big radiator or oil cooler that requires the air flow. So if it'll aid in aerodynamics and make that marginal difference, it's something that's a plus. What would be of interest to me is if they utilized some ducts for something like brake cooling ducts.
 

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If they're showing off a custom paint, then it's highly likely that it'll make it into the paint options list, probably only at the higher trim levels or at an additional cost but we will see it.
 
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