Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed to manufacture the all-new electric SUV, the I-Pace at Magna facility in Graz, Austria. The concept I-Pace was unveiled at the 2016 LA Auto Show and took many by surprise with its design.
The Magna facility specialises in vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing and has a host of deals with major car companies. As a matter of fact, Magna handles some of the production of the new BMW 5 Series in 2017.
Magna has been a long-time supplier of components to JLR, both the companies had announced earlier this year they will collaborate on the new aluminium casting facility in Telford which will be operated by Magna subsidiary Cosma International.
The production version of the Jaguar I-Pace will be revealed in late 2017 before it will go on sale later in 2018.
The full production of the Jaguar I-Pace is expected in 2019. Reports suggest that the annual production capacity of the I-Pace might be up to 13,000 units.
JLR needs additional capacity to support its UK factories part of its ambitious growth plans. Construction of the electric I-Pace will be one of two vehicles that Magna is presently gearing up to produce on behalf of JLR.
The company is also building a new factory in Slovakia, opened a 240 million sterling pound base in Brazil in the summer. It also has a production joint-venture in China and an assembly plant in India.
While the I-Pace production at Magna is confirmed, the second vehicle is not known exactly. However, JLR has committed to a huge roll-out of EVs, plug-in hybrids and mild hybrids over the next five years.
The battery electric architecture of the I-Pace has been developed with applications keeping in mind in other derivatives and model lines.
The company said that the motor, gearbox arrangement, motor sitting, high voltage system, cooling system, battery frame is the new architecture of the battery electric car.
JLR further said, that this is where they have invested their time, money, and effort and clearly they are doing this because they need to be able to apply it and has to be scaleable.