Jaguar is releasing its Model X competitor in 2018 — and the vehicle is absolutely gorgeous.
The SUV will be Jaguar’s very first electric car. Jaguar is smart to start with an SUV at a time where US consumers are consistently opting for more space.
The move puts Jaguar in direct competition with Tesla’s Model X, which has also experienced strong demand. In fact, Tesla sold roughly the same number of Model X SUVs (11,550) as Model S sedans (13,450) in the first quarter.
Here’s what you need to know about Jaguar’s very first electric car:
The I-PACE is a preview of Jaguar's electric, five-seat production car coming in 2018. That production car will be Jaguar's first ever battery-powered vehicle. The brand new red I-PACE debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Jaguar said in a statement that taking a cab-forward design approach frees up room in the interior to make it more spacious.
The I-PACE's design is why many will consider the vehicle a crossover SUV. It has a compact body and is fairly low to the ground for a traditional SUV, but it still seats five while offering plenty of cargo space.
Jaguar has admitted the design it chose is unique in that sense. 'The I-PACE Concept is, however, something altogether new: not a traditional sports car, saloon or SUV and absolutely not a traditional Jaguar,' the automaker wrote in a press statement.
The car comes with a 90 kWh battery pack that powers two, 200 hp electric motors sitting over each axle.
There's no word on how much the Jaguar electric SUV will cost yet, so it's hard to really compare it to the competition just yet. But Joe Eberhardt, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, said in a Business Insider interview it will be comparable to luxury offerings from brands like Porsche.
As Business Insider's Benjamin Zhang pointed out, that means you're looking at an asking price north of $US50,000, which, again, not to beat a dead horse, really places it as a competitor with the luxury Model X in both offerings and price.
Jaguar said the car will offer 400 hp and 516 lb./ft. of torque, allowing it to accelerate to 60 mph in 4 seconds. That outpaces the Model X 75D and 90D, which can accelerate to 60 mph in 6 seconds and 4.8 seconds, respectively.
The interior itself is striking. The seats are made of fine Windsor leather that matches the light colour palette used inside.
The traditional driver's instrument was also replaced with a virtual screen that can be controlled using buttons on the steering wheel. The buttons offer haptic feedback when in use.
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