After two years of making fun of the conceptual version of its first all-electric car, the British automaker Jaguar finally revealed the production model of the I-Pace SUV. It is a crisp-looking five-seat crossover that points directly to the highest car market in which Jaguar operates, where it will instantly position itself as the most direct competition for Tesla's Model X electric SUV when it goes on sale. later in this year. Prices are expected to be announced next week when Jaguar shows the new car at the Geneva Motor Show.
The production model basically matches the specifications that Jaguar originally set out to achieve with the I-Pace concept. A 90 kWh battery will give you an estimated range of 240 miles, which is more than enough for daily driving. If and when you end up running out of charge, Jaguar says batteries can go from zero to 80 percent in just 40 minutes to 100kW in DC fast charging stations. (A similar load on a Level 2 home charger will take about 10 hours, according to Jaguar).
With respect to performance, dual engines, one on each axle, combine to give the I-Pace 394 horsepower, which makes it from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, says Jaguar. The company also promises a smooth ride, since active air suspension is standard. The driver assistance features of Jaguar will also be included.
These specifications align favorably with the input model X 75D, which ranges from 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds and has a range of 237 miles. The Tesla's highest spec Model X 100D, which has a larger battery pack, can reach almost 300 miles, and the "performance" version (the P100D) is twice as fast as 60 miles per hour.
However, the competition in the all-electric segment of the market will only warm up once the I-Pace arrives on the market. The long-range version of the recently announced Hyundai Kona Electric, for example, also scratches that 300-mile landmark. That does not mean that potential I-Pace buyers would also consider something like Kona, which is more affordable. But it's worth noting that both Hyundai and Tesla were able to better squeeze the reach of battery packs with less capacity: the long-range model Kona Electric uses a 64kWh package, and the 75KWh X 75D model.
The I-Pace will be the first Jaguar to receive updates by air
Jaguar also seeks to distinguish the I-Pace with new design and technology within the automobile. The electric SUV uses the same infotainment system radical InControl Touch Pro Duo dual screen that Jaguar launched in the Range Rover Velar. In addition, the InControl Remote application is getting an Alexa skill that will allow drivers to request Alexa-enabled devices for information on the I-Pace load level.
In addition, I-Pace will be the first Jaguar to receive software updates by air. It also has slots for tablets and laptops under the rear seats, six USB ports and three 12V sockets, and comes with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.
With all that in mind, the I-Pace is not going to be everything for everyone. It matches the base-level X model in performance specifications, although obviously it does not have automatic pilot, and will not travel as far per charge as the superior Teslas (or even a higher-end Hyundai). It has a fairly futuristic infotainment system with an Alexa link, but it's not a full version of Amazon's voice assistant. There is a lot of storage space, thanks to the additional space that comes with the lack of an internal combustion engine and its rear parts, but it is not as large as the seven-seater X model.
Still, Jaguar's I-Pace seems like an exciting entry into the upper end of the fledgling EV market. It's sleek, fast and sounds more than capable of replacing any modern SUV in most daily configurations. It's frankly an exciting start to a new chapter from one of the world's top luxury car manufacturers.