Jaguar's first electric car will go up against the Tesla Model X and Audio e-Tron
Jaguar has revealed the production version of its I-Pace electric SUV, the British car-maker's first electric vehicle and a direct rival to the Tesla Model X.
Coming over a year after the I-Pace Concept was unveiled in Los Angeles in late 2016, the car is now ready to go into mass production and will arrive in dealerships this summer. The car was revealed online and will have its first public appearance at the Geneva motor show from March 6.
Jaguar claims the five-seat, 394 horsepower I-Pace can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 4.5 seconds. The car is powered by a 90kWh battery pack, slightly smaller than the 100kWh cell fitted to the most expensive Tesla Model X, but larger than the 75kWh Tesla. On that note, Jaguar pointed out how the most expensive — and fastest — Model X, the P100D, is almost twice as expensive as the I-Pace, which starts at £59,000 in the UK (approximately $82,000 although US prices have yet to be confirmed).
The I-Pace has range of 298 miles according to the new WLTP cycle, which equates to 336 miles on the old NEDC cycle and 240 miles on the American EPA cycle.
Technology plays a key role in the cabin of the I-Pace. There is a 4G powered Wi-Fi network and six USB ports for keeping all of your gadgets charged; there are also slots under the rear seats for tablets and laptops. Each driver of a family's I-Pace can use their own personalized key. The car automatically adjusts the car's climate, seat position and entertainment as it senses your key approaching. Like Teslas, the Jaguar will receive over-the-air software updates — a first for the British company.
Naturally, an Alexa app will be available so you can ask about the car's charge status before you leave the house.
The I-Pace is aimed to compete against the Tesla Model X 75DJaguar
The car uses the same InControl Touch Pro Duo system as the Range Rover Velar, which means the centre of the dashboard houses two touch screen displays. The upper screen shows the satellite navigation and media, while the lower screen shows climate controls and is flanked by a pair of rotating dials.
Artificial intelligence is used to predict the car's range based on your commute, the weather, battery charge status, and your driving style as measured on previous journeys. Jaguar claims the car can be given 100km (62 miles) of range with 15 minutes of charging from a 100kW public charger; it can also charge from zero to 80 percent in 45 minutes, the company says.
The I-Pace joins a three-pronged SUV lineup from Jaguar, sitting alongside the larger F-Pace and compact E-Pace.
Like the Tesla Model X, the Jaguar I-Pace is four-wheel-drive and has one electric motor powering each of the axels.
The cabin uses the same touch screen system as the Range Rover VelarJaguar
Jaguar's director of design Ian Callum has previously said how the I-Pace's electric drivetrain and lack of conventional engine means he was able to give the car its 'cab-forward' design, whereby the cabin is pushed further forward than in other SUVs, thanks to there being no engine in front and no need for a long hood.
As well as the Tesla Model X, the I-Pace will go up against the Audi e-Tron, a fellow all-new electric SUV which will be demonstrated in Geneva next week.