Jaguar aims to shatter Tesla’s monopoly
Since it introduced the Model S in 2012, Tesla was the only one player on the luxury electric car market. And, basically, its founder.
Jaguar first announced a move into the EV space with the reveal of the I-Pace Concept in 2016. After years of development, the car manufacturer now makes a bold statement, revealing its Jaguar I-Pace 2019.
The official release was streamed on March 1st, and proved that a long wait paid off.
The I-Pace is a 5-passenger, luxury crossover SUV with a standard all-wheel drive. It packs two electric motors, one on each axle, for a net output of 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. Its 90-kWh battery will achieve a Jaguar-estimated 240 miles of range.
But the most impressive feature, especially for those who were skeptical about EV’s flexibility, is the claimed fast-charging capabilities of the I-Pace.
Jaguar says I-Pace owners will be able to charge to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes using publicly available 100-kW DC rapid chargers.
The I-Pace’s battery comes with an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty that guarantees it will retain at least 70 percent of its original charge and driving range during that time.
It has been rigorously tested across extremes of terrain and temperatures from -40 degrees to 40 degrees celcius.
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, said: "Since revealing the I-Pace Concept in 2016, we have been counting down to this moment. The all-electric I-Pace is not only a pioneer within our business, it promises to revolutionise the industry. Never before have I been so excited for a launch - the world is watching with great anticipation and I cannot wait for the world to see everything we have achieved with this car.»
I-Pace allows a 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.5 seconds.
The dash is equipped with a 10-inch display for navigation and music, and a 5.5-inch screen below it for climate controls. The car is also equipped with Alexa skills that work with the Jaguar InControl Remote App for smartphones.
The all-electric car comes with an ultimate intelligence. The Smart Settings technology learns your driving habits and can configure the car to your preference, while an Intelligent Phone Reminder will tell you if you’ve left your phone in the vehicle.
I-Pace boasts a spacious interior with a luxtec seating (you can choose between leather, premium leather, and a premium textile material made of wool-blend and recycled technical suede cloth) and a standard panoramic glass roof.
Jaguar promises lots of storage spaces throughout the cabin, while the luggage room provides a cargo capacity of 25.2 cubic feet. If you fold the rear seats down, the luggage space is extended to a maximum of 51cubic feet.
Full pricing and specifications will be announced and order books opened for full configurations immediately following the reveal. For comparison, the Tesla Model X starts at nearly $80,000.
The I-Pace will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 on March 6, where the company will also be opening its order books. First deliveries can be expected by the second half of 2018.