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Jaguar’s I-Pace is a fast competitor to the twin-engine Model X

After two years of teasing the concept version of its first fully electric car, British automaker Jaguar has finally unveiled the production model of the I-Pace SUV. It’s a clean-styled five-seater crossover that’s aimed squarely at the high-end of the automotive market in which Jaguar typically operates, where it will instantly become the most direct competitor to Tesla’s Model X electric SUV when it is released. on sale. Later this year. The price is expected to be announced next week when Jaguar presents the new car at the Geneva Motor Show.

The production model essentially matches the specifications that Jaguar originally planned to achieve with the I-Pace concept. A 90 kWh battery will give it an estimated range of 240 miles, which is more than enough for everyday driving. If and when you find yourself running out of charge, Jaguar says batteries can go from zero to 80% in just 40 minutes at 100kW DC fast charging stations. (A similar charge on a Level 2 home charger will take about 10 hours, according to Jaguar.)

When it comes to performance, the two motors – one on each axle – combine to give the I-Pace 394 horsepower, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, according to Jaguar. The company also promises a smooth ride, as active air suspension is standard. Jaguar’s driver assistance functions will also be included.

Those specs line up favorably with the entry-level X 75D model, which goes from 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds and has a range of 237 miles. Tesla’s higher-performing Model X 100D with a larger battery can reach almost 300 miles, however, and the “performance” version (the P100D) is twice as fast at 60 miles per hour.

However, competition in the all-electric segment of the market will only intensify when I-Pace hits the market. The long-range version of the recently announced Hyundai Kona Electric, for example, also stripes this benchmark from 300 miles. That’s not to say that potential I-Pace buyers would also consider something like the more affordable Kona. But it should be noted that Hyundai and Tesla were able to achieve better range with batteries with less capacity – the Kona Electric long-range model uses a 64 kWh pack and the X 75D model is 75 kWh.

Jaguar seeks to distinguish the I-Pace with innovative design and technology inside the car as well. The electric SUV uses the same radical InControl Touch Pro Duo dual-screen infotainment system that Jaguar launched on the Range Rover Velar. Additionally, the InControl Remote app gains an Alexa skill that will allow drivers to ask Alexa-enabled devices for information about the I-Pace’s charge level.

In addition, the I-Pace will be the first Jaguar to benefit from over-the-air software updates. It also has slots for tablets and laptops under the rear seats, six USB ports and three 12V outlets, and it comes with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.

With all of this in mind, the I-Pace will not be all for everyone. It matches the Model X’s base level on performance specs, although it obviously doesn’t have an autopilot, and it won’t travel as far per charge as high-end Teslas (or even a top-of-the-line Hyundai. range). It has a pretty futuristic infotainment system with an Alexa link, but it’s not a full version of Amazon’s voice assistant. There’s plenty of storage space, thanks to the extra space that comes with the lack of an internal combustion engine and its aftermarket parts, but it’s not as spacious as the seven-seater X Model. .

Still, Jaguar’s I-Pace looks like an exciting entry into the high end of the nascent electric vehicle market. It’s sleek, fast, and seems more than capable of replacing any modern SUV in most everyday settings. This is frankly an exciting start to a new chapter from one of the world’s preeminent luxury automakers.

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