Jaguar's first ever I-Pace electric car will get you from London to Manchester on a single charge

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Jaguar has unveiled the I-Pace, its first ever electric car with a claimed range of about 220-miles on a single charge.

The I-Pace was revealed at the LA Motor show, and is the follow-up to Jaguar's popular first SUV, the F-Pace . Jaguar plans to put the concept car into production next year, before hitting the roads in 2018.

Despite the I-Pace's size, comfort and all-wheel drive, the all-electric SUV will have a claimed range of about 220-miles - which means it should get you from London to Manchester on a single charge.

This, Jaguar claims, should mean the average commuting driver only needs to charge it once a week with a 90-minute boost giving 80% battery, or 100% in around two hours.

Its 700Nm of instant torque means it's also powerful, going from 0-60mph in around four seconds.

The car features "All Surface Progress Control and Adaptive Surface Response" for ultimate grip - so no matter the weather you just put your foot down and the car should take care of the rest.

For in-car information, there's a full-colour head-up display, as well as a 12-inch touchscreen, a secondary 5.5-inch screen controlled by physical dials, and a 12-inch HD virtual instruments cluster behind the wheel.

Despite all that information Jaguar says its "human machine interface" will make interactions a doddle.

The infotainment system is run by a quad-core processor that uses an Ethernet network, meaning plenty of high-speed connectivity. The car can offer its own Wi-Fi hotspot that lets anyone in the vehicle connect to the data supply.

Thanks to front and rear motors pushing out 400PS without taking up the room of a fuel-powered engine, the five-seater SUV is more spacious than similar sized non-electric SUVs, says Jaguar.

Inside, the I-Pace offers a hefty 530-litres of rear storage, plus another 28-litres where the front engine would have been, slimline seats for extra room in the cabin and a full-length panoramic glass roof to make it feel even more spacious.

The ride should be comfortable while still offering a sporty responsiveness thanks to the "tuned integral link", which makes the ride softer over the bumps but stiffer in the corners for better handling. This is similar to that found in the Jaguar XE, XF and F-Pace.

The unveiling of the I-Pace follows Jaguar's entry into the Formula E  electric racing championship this October, where it said breakthroughs would filter down into its road cars.

"Over the next five years we will see more changes in the automotive world than in the last three decades," said Nick Rogers, group engineering director for Jaguar Land Rover.

Pricing and the exact release dates have not been announced yet, but with the Jaguar F-Pace starting at around £35,000 there is a chance the I-Pace may actually be affordable too - for a Jag.

We'll just have to wait until 2018 to drive one on the roads.

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