The burning question on the strength of our very short drive is: is the I-Pace a real Jaguar? It certainly feels like one. It's different, but so most cars will be in future, and it still feels authentic. The refinement seems deeply impressive and, given the decor, the seat comfort, the room and the responses, I have no trouble feeling I've been at the wheel of a proper Jaguar.
It'll take proper journeys - city commutes by time-poor business drivers and inter-capital dashes by discerning comfort-lovers - that will prove this car, not an engaging but slightly daft exercise like ours that no owner will ever repeat. But so far? Grace, space and pace - I've felt them all.
On face value it offers an awesome array of equipment, technology and style. But, will it strike the right chord with Australian buyers? Only time will tell. One thing's for certain though, we can't wait to drive it in Australia, especially if this dynamic demonstration was anything to go by.
We've only had the briefest of on-road spins, but early impressions are good. Crucially it steers like a Jag should, with good weighting and crisp turn-in, and it features a brake pedal of variable feedback pressure for the energy regeneration system like the latest Nissan Leaf. This means it's possible in most situations to drive with just one pedal.
We're get a better idea of how this important new electric Jaguar performs on the road when we get our first shot at a full review in May 2018. Will it get close to the perfect five stars?
It's not beset by bodyroll, and as the gymkhana unfolds, it's clear the i-Pace summons plenty of grip allowing you to push hard in a turn, confident that it won't let go and deposit you in the banks of snow doubling for a tyre wall. Jaguar refers to the i-Pace's platform as a skateboard, with the 432 pouch cells of batteries mounted low in the chassis' base. Weight distribution is 50:50, and the i-Pace feels inherently stable and well-planted.