On Friday, Jaguar took the wraps off their all new electric SUV, the I-Pace, which is intended to rival the Tesla Model X.
Under the floorpan are two Jaguar-designed electric motors, one at the front and one at the back, which produce 294kW of power and 696Nm of torque. Juice comes from a 90kWh lithium-ion battery which can deliver up to 480km of range under the WLTP range standard.
Using a standard 7kW AC wall charger, the I-Pace can charge to 80% in 10 hours. However, when you use a 100kW DC fast charger, 15 minutes of charging provides a handy 100km boost while 40 minutes gives you an 80% charge.
Design wise, the first thing you’ll notice is how close it is to the 2016 Paris motor show concept car – apart from the wheels and interior, the production I-Pace is IDENTICAL to that concept. The design was also driven by aerodynamics, creating an impressive 0.29Cd drag coefficient.
Jaguar says the I-Pace’s aluminium architecture and low-mounted battery results in a sports-car like 50:50 weight distribution and a very low centre of gravity – the latter is expected of an electric car. Structural rigidity is the highest of any Jaguar, at 36kNm/degree.
The I-Pace rides on double wishbone suspension at the front and uses an integral-link at the rear – air suspension and adaptive dampers are available as options. Practicality wise, the I-Pace can carry 656 litres of cargo in the boot with the seats upright or 1453 litres with the seats down.
The Jaguar I-Pace will be available in Australia in October of this year for a starting price of $119,000 plus on-roads – undercutting the $125,000 Tesla Model X 75D and $182,000 Model X 100D. What do you think of the new Jaguar I-Pace? I’m a massive fan, and I think it’s a much better buy than the Model X? Let me know your thoughts down below!