Jaguar says it expects the 2019 I-PACE to arrive at United States dealerships in the second half of 2018. It comes in as Jaguar's first fully electric production vehicle. Incredible really, considering Audi, BMW and Mercedes are all working on Tesla Model X-chasing electric SUVs of their own, that Jaguar has beaten them to it. Conceived as an EV from the outset, the vehicle sits on a bespoke aluminium architecture which is claimed as Jaguar's most rigid.
The high-riding, five-seat, all-wheel-drive liftback is powered by a pair of "Jaguar-designed" electric motors delivering a combined 294kW of power and 696Nm of torque.
These specs line up favorably with the entry-level Model X 75D, which goes from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds and has a range of 237 miles. The I-Pace may have it beat on curb appeal. It will also allow the SUV to be agile in curves while still providing a comfortable ride, Jaguar said.
Important specifications released today are battery capacity-90 kilowatt-hours-and a projected range of roughly 240 miles.
Even with the usual caveats, both those numbers are fairly striking. Its new I-Pace, shown for the first time as it will be sold in showrooms across the United Kingdom and the rest of the world, goes on sale today, priced from £63,495.
Inside the cabin the I-Pace is luxurious and practical - rear legroom is 35 inches (890 millimeters), and premium materials are all around: Luxtec and Grained leather, optional textile Kvadrat that's mostly eco thanks to the use of a durable wool blend mixed with recycled technical suede cloth. The I-Pace is also compatible with 100kW chargers, which are capable of giving it an 80% charge in 45 minutes, although none of these is likely to be installed in the United Kingdom before the end of 2018. Home charging with an AC wall box outputting 7kW will achieve 80 percent in a smidge over ten hours. Tesla has a proprietary network of fast chargers.
Yes, Tesla has been selling the Model S and X for years now, but Tesla is a Silicon Valley startup, and a company designed from its very foundations to build electric cars. And if that distance sounds more than sufficient for your daily needs - as well it might - then there is potentially much else to look forward to. Either way it feels like the start of something big. As it has no need for a transmission tunnel, the space inside is impressive!
On the dash you'll find a 10-inch display for navigation and music, and a 5.5-inch screen below it for climate controls, with integrated twisty knobs, similar to that of its stablemate, the Range Rover Velar. Anyone with an Amazon Alexa-enabled device will be able to ask for information that's stored in the car's Jaguar InControl Remote app.
The battery is covered by an eight-year warranty (100,000 miles and 70% state of health) and 21,000-mile/two-year servicing intervals. The auto was revealed online and will have its first public appearance at the Geneva motor show from March 6.