Telsa Model X, take notice. There is an new electric SUV in town, and it’s a smoking hot Brit!
The new Jaguar I-Pace is Jaguar’s first foray into the electric car segment, and the company didn’t hold back. The original concept promised an attractive design, an open cabin, a lot of horsepower and more than 220 miles of all-electric range on a single charge, and that’s what has been delivered.
For starters, the production model looks nearly identical to the concept (even down to the details), featuring a slick, cab forward and coupe-like design that should turn heads. The Model X isn’t a shabby-looking EV, but this Jag has a more sporting demeanor.
Ditto for the interior, which actually looks better than the concept’s! According to Jaguar, despite the I-PACE’s overall mid-size dimensions, the cabin offers passenger room comparable to that of a large SUV, thanks in large part to the absence of an internal combustion engine that allowed designers to move the front seating position much farther forward than normal. There is 890 mm (35 inches) of legroom in the rear, and 656 liters (23.1 cu.ft) to 1,453 liters (51.3 cu.ft) of luggage space, the latter when the seats are folded.
Jaguar’s new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which combines touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls, helps deliver a high-tech, futuristic vibe, while a standard glass panoramic roof that absorbs infrared light makes the interior feel airier, more spacious and cooler. The side windows can also absorb infrared light and eliminate the need for a blind.
With a 90kWh battery pack powering twin electric motors, the 2019 I-Pace produces 394 horsepower and 512lb-ft of torque, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds. That’s faster than many of the world’s most respected sports cars, as well as all versions of the Model X except the performance-focused Model X P100D.
Not only is Jaguar’s electric SUV fast, but it’s also said to ride and handle great, thanks to a torsional rigidity of 36 kNm/degree (the highest of any Jaguar model), an optional air suspension and perfect 50:50 weight distribution. The British automaker described the I-Pace as offering “exceptional ride comfort” and “engaging driving dynamics.”
The electric drivetrain provides a maximum driving of range of 240 miles (386 km), and the battery pack can be charged up from empty to 80% in 40 minutes on a 100kW fast charger or 10 hours when using 240-volt charging.
One-pedal driving and a navigation system optimized to choose routes that maximize efficiency help drivers preserve battery charge.
Considering it’s a Jaguar, don’t be surprised to see a sportier, more capable version of the I-Pace sometime in the future to take on the Model X P100D.